Statement from Chair Phil Smith


CAA Chair Phil Smith recently travelled to Somerset, sitting alongside Kabi Kabi Elder, educator and artist Dr Hope O’Chin, to attend the recent Artbeat Festival,

Phil says,

“It was a great opportunity to witness the development work that CAA has undertaken across the wider region over the past four years, which has proved our capacity to break new ground, develop lucrative partnerships and engage with communities in meaningful ways.”

The festival was one of many outcomes funded through the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN), managed by the dynamic Katie Edmiston.

Phil added,

“CAA is ready to grow our organisation, expand our influence, cultivate new relationships and most importantly, elevate regional arts in Queensland on a state, national and international level.

Our work over the following four years will focus on cross sector partnerships to concurrently build commercial opportunities for the organisation alongside best-practise outcomes with and for First Nations artists and groups as well as artists, arts workers and arts organisations in general.

We have a solid strategic plan and a draft Cultural Protocols document, overseen by Director Auntie Debra Bennet. The committee and staff team are experienced, diverse and highly engaged and focussed on delivering the goals of the organisation including flourishing arts careers for regional artists; access to meaning arts experiences; elevation of First Nations arts and leadership; a collegial well-equipped network  and a strong organisation leading the way.”

Image credit: Auntie Hope O’Chin and Phil Smith