BRIMBANK EMERGE AMBASSADORS
WYNDHAM EMERGE AMBASSADORS
SHEPPARTON EMERGE AMBASSADORS
Solange Habonimana & Frederiko Manirakiza
With the support of Gandel Philanthropy, Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) has been working with emerging artists and communities, local governments and cultural organisations to collaboratively develop and deliver a cultural leadership program that responds to local needs and builds on local strengths. Emerge Cultural Leadership fosters new cultural leaders from emerging communities, helps strengthen engagement and dialogue between cultures and celebrates the achievements of local emerging refugee, culturally diverse and Indigenous communities. The local government areas where we have run the program in 2016-2017 are: Wyndham; Brimbank; Shepparton; and Swan Hill.
There are four elements of the program to advance these aims:
In each area, gatherings of artists, community members, cultural organisations, local council representatives are held. The Gathering build valuable cross-cultural support networks, and identify skills, needs and resources in each area. Communication is maintained between Gatherings via regular phone and email communication and via a closed Facebook group.
Key art and culture practitioners in the communities who support community, the arts and Emerge are recognised publicly and supported through the Ambassadors program. Ambassadors participated in MAV events and programs develop networks, skills and ideas, and gain recognition and visibility through our media contacts and publicity platforms.
With the support of local government a series of workshops are held to address identified skills and needs in each area. These workshops are conducted by industry professionals from the arts, cultural development and local government.
Ambassadors are invited to submit applications for seed funding for new projects and to work with MAV to gather support from other partners (in kind and/or cash) to initiate an arts or cultural practice of benefit to them as an artist or to their community. A number of projects are underway via this support, including mentoring, arts practice, workshops, business development and events.