Michael Dagostino has been Director at Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) since 2011, the fourth director in the organisation’s history. He was hired to fill the shoes of outgoing director Lisa Havilah, who had led a major redevelopment of the space. That was the last time C-A-C had received a major cash injection – some $5.5 million under NSW’s Carr Government.
But as ArtsHub sits down with Dagostino to reflect on his tenure, he is still reeling from the previous day’s news. After years of lobbying, the Campbelltown City Council has secured a $79 million grant to expand C-A-C from the NSW Government’s $5 billion WestInvest program. That makes C-A-C the largest recipient of arts and culture infrastructure funding in the latest funding round.