NAISDA Chief Executive Officer Kim Walker was delighted to formally launch a new NAISDA Masterclass Series at the recent Graduation Ceremony.
The masterclasses will be delivered by invited guest artists and industry experts to develop NAISDA Developing Artists’ skills and techniques, encompassing multiple disciplines including dance, film, drama, and dance on film.
The exciting new program, which will form part of the NAISDA curriculum, was established through the generosity of NAISDA supporter Linda Herd and provides an important opportunity for NAISDA Developing Artists to learn from experts who are working, or have worked within the sector.
Kim Walker said NAISDA was thrilled to be able to program this new learning opportunity.
“Our supporters are a very special group of people. Their support makes a real difference to NAISDA and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Developing Artists,” he said.
“We thank Linda for her commitment towards realising this important program, which exposes our cohort to leading Indigenous artists, choreographers, dancers and organisations.”
The series is specifically designed to provide insight into professional artists’ real experiences. As well as learning from personal stories and advice, it will help Developing Artists build networks, make contacts and provide valuable industry insight as they consider the tools needed for future career pathways across the creative, cultural and education sectors.
“We are thrilled to be able to present this exciting new program for our Developing Artists and eagerly anticipate its growth in years to come,” concluded Kim Walker.
This year’s inaugural series will feature the following guest lecturers:
- Alvin Rangel: Horton Master and Associate Professor of Dance at California State University (pictured top left)
- Rachael Swain: Founding Member and Co-Artistic Director of Marrugeku (pictured top right)
- Carole Y Johnson: Dancer, Indigenous Arts Activist and Founding Director of NAISDA and Bangarra (pictured bottom left)
- Narelle Benjamin: Acclaimed Choreographer and Dancer whose credits include Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Australian Ballet (pictured bottom right)
We look forward to updating you on the success of these Masterclasses as they progress.
You can support NAISDA in delivering unique learning opportunities such as these to our Developing Artists by making a donation today.