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CAN established a Diversity Working Group (DWG)  in August 2018 which is now steering the co-design of a strategy. This is a diverse group of arts peer organisations, CaLD artists and arts workers, service and local government providers, community members and researchers, involved in the CaLD and arts sectors in WA. Members bring a range of skills, experiences, cross-sector knowledge and a plurality of voices to the table, with value placed on lived experience and an active commitment to the work.


Diversity Working Group Membership: How to Join

Community Arts Network currently convenes an independent group which focuses on leadership, access, inclusion and representation of people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds in the arts sector in WA.

We are seeking involvement and contribution from members of the arts and broader community. 

The Diversity Working Group is currently focused on:

– Organisational change

– Supporting artists and art workers

– Engaging communities

The commitment is to participate in face-to-face meetings 2 hours, once a month every first Thursday of each month at Kings Street Art Centre 9.30am – 11.30am facilitated by CAN. In these meetings we will discuss issues facing CaLD communities in the arts, strategies for change for the WA arts sector, and ongoing activities of members.

Each member of the group will remain committed for a year with a review at 6 months of involvement. In addition to the face-to-face meetings, each group member will be expected to work in smaller subgroups on:

– Advice and guidance

– Writing drafts

– Organising events and workshops

– Networking

– Co-presenting

– Advocacy

Members may be paid for their time contributing if it is not covered by their role with an organisation (ie only applies to independents).

Working group members can choose what they would like to work on and how they would like to work. We encourage multiple approaches, voices, and art forms to maintain a broad reach and representation across the sector. Looking for all art forms to be represented as far as possible. Expressions of Interest from individuals who identify as a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse person, or as a Person of Colour will be prioritised.

Current members include independent artists and art workers, academics and people from arts and community organisations. 

If you are interested in becoming a member, please provide a one page Expression of Interest which includes your relevant experience and knowledge and what you hope to contribute.

Email to Zheela Vokes zheela@canwa.com.au CAN’s Diversity Manager                    

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