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Maroondah City Council, in Melbourne’s East, is situated within the traditional Land of the Wurundjeri. We respect, celebrate and have shared with the Wurundjeri people their support for the coming together of all people, respecting their individuality and to focus on a unified and cohesive nation. Maroondah is a vibrant cosmopolitan community recognised for its creativity and innovation, and for its celebration and promotion of arts and culture. Participation and engagement in contemporary and traditional forms of cultural expression contribute to Maroondah as a healthy, prosperous and thriving community. We are creating a vibrant and exciting neighbourhood where the arts are a part of the natural and everyday fabric of life. We are shaping our community of the future.
The Arts and Cultural Development team offers a range of programs, services, facilities and resources in order to support this vision. The team will work to ensure that the arts provide a platform and opportunities for all members of the community – young and old, of all abilities and diverse cultures, from long-standing residents to new arrivals - to share cultural and local heritages, and to create new stories and contemporary cultural experiences.
This will be delivered through a range of programs and facilities including managing, programming and promoting two key arts facilities; Wyreena Community Arts Centre and the Maroondah Art Gallery which is based at Maroondah Federation Estate. Both facilities offer high quality arts and cultural experiences for the whole community. Arts and Cultural Development will also provide innovative and engaging arts experiences through a curated program of visual, performing and other arts projects at Realm.
Arts and Cultural Development also commissions, presents and maintains a collection of visual artworks and public art works across the municipality throughout Maroondah Art Collection and through the Public Art program, manages the Arts & Cultural Grants Scheme, a component of Council’s Community Grants scheme, and provides leadership, planning, support, facilitation, advice and advocacy for a range of other arts and cultural development initiatives in line with its strategic objectives.