Article| Help Us Soar

As we continue to navigate a very fine line in our lives, actively engaged but ever cautious on our interactions with others, we look to you, our loyal community for support in this Philanthropy Edition. There are many arts organisations, artists and arts workers that have suffered a substantial loss of income during this pandemic. This is probably an overstated fact. And we know we are but one of many that are likely asking for your support as we near the end of the financial year, so we have set a conservative target for this campaign of $5,000, that we hope is achievable in the current climate.

As a creative house, we actively look after our artists, supporting them in people meaningful ways to help sustain their practice and provide career pathway opportunities. Drawing on dance traditions and exploring innovative presentations to both elevate our craft and create meaningful connections. If you have always thought of donating, please consider it in 2021 – help fuel our creative potential and together let’s engage in ideas, share stories that serve to build a more resilient and bonded community.

There are amazing individuals that make up a community and it is their dedication that allows us to achieve our ambitions. In this I’d like to thank one individual, Collene Hansen, Board Director since Co3’s inception over five years ago. Her passion and expertise on our board, to our company and dance community, is unquestionable and the support and stewardship she has provided us these many years has been nothing short of remarkable. Although she concludes her board tenure later this month, she will always be an important part of our dance community.

I’d also like to take the opportunity to welcome and introduce you to our newest Board Director, Alecia Benzie, we are delighted that she has joined us and will no doubt be a critical addition as we look to further enhance our Philanthropy and stewardship programs. We are a young and ambitious company and Alecia is a perfect fit to help grow our creative capital. You can read more about Alecia and her leadership and passion for the not-for-profit sector.

I have also just returned from the Australia Council’s National Arts Leaders Program held in Wagga Wagga and bring with me a wonderful new network and a raft of new friends. The program is dedicated to transforming our sector’s knowledge, skills and capabilities by supporting established arts leaders of diverse art forms from around Australia and the Indo-Pacific.

The ideas and themes that resonated with me most for our sector are the importance of standing side by side with our colleagues and working with each other to achieve greater outcomes and strengthen our united voice, how crucial it is as arts leaders to understand the rich history and deep culture of the lands we are from and the importance to take time out of our busy schedules to focus on the self.

This is an incredible program and one that I am honoured to part of for the next twelve months.

We look forward to giving you further updates in next month’s edition on our evolving program for 2021/22 and releasing our 2020 Annual Report results.

Warm regards,

Alana Culverhouse

Executive Director