Exit interview: Community Arts Network co-directors

Two experienced arts managers are leaving a community arts organisation with learnings of cultural exchange for greater social inclusion.
two women standing in front of a colourful wall

Six years ago, when Perth-based arts manager June Moorhouse was asked to help WA arts organisation Community Arts Network (CAN) and their then General Manager Monica Kane negotiate a transition period following the long-term CEO’s departure, it was an organisation with an important purpose, but an unsustainable business model in the face of tightening government funding.

‘For a couple of years CAN had had a bit of a decline in profits,’ Kane explained. ‘We realised that we had a business model that wasn’t sustainable to handle the contractions of the external landscape.’

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).