Art centres go above and beyond

The cross-sector benefits of community-controlled art centres.
AACHWA’s Our Business: Aboriginal Art Centre Forum, Jambinu (Geraldton), 2022. Photo: Dragonfly Media. A figure with their back turned to the viewer, wearing an orange shirt with the words ‘PROMOTE EMPOWER CONNECT’.

Above the temperate zones and beyond populated urban sprawls, in the remote and isolated reaches of the central deserts and the far north, where First Nations’ communities navigate poverty and disadvantage, art centres deliver impressive cross-sector outcomes.

Despite their achievements, there remains a lack of understanding around what art centres do and the extent of benefits they deliver.

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Cathy Cummins is an arts-worker, consultant and emerging writer. She has worked in remote Western Australia supporting community arts and cultural enterprise developments for more than 25 years.