NAISDA Foundation Patron and Board


Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

– NAISDA Foundation Patron

Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO is the former and second longest-serving Governor of New South Wales.  The Professor also served as the Chancellor of the University of Sydney between 2007 and 2012.

Continuing her patronage of the arts, the Professor greatly honoured NAISDA Dance College by agreeing to be the Foundation’s Patron when it was formally launched in December 2013.  At the time she was still in her position as Governor of New South Wales. We are extremely grateful to the Professor that she agreed to continue in this role after she retired from public office on 1 October 2014.

The NAISDA Foundation is committed to sustaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s sense of identity through dance and culture.

Central to NAISDA Foundation fundraising activities is ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are supported through their journey at NAISDA as they discover who they are, what they want to be and how they can impact future generations.

The objective of the NAISDA Foundation is to raise funds that will:

  • Nourish our future artists, expanding their technique and practice with a greater sense of culture, innovation, justice and humanity
  • Empower Indigenous communities through performative expressions of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
  • Facilitate understanding and grow international Indigenous arts perspectives