Jabree recently participated in two important cultural engagement sessions with the Australia Council for the Arts and the City of Gold Coast. These sessions followed on from the Arts Leadership Exchange program that was hosted on the Gold Coast on Wednesday 8 March 2017.
The Exchange program, delivered in partnership between the Australia Council for the Arts and the City of Gold Coast, was designed to be collaborative and interactive learning experience between arts leaders in various stages in their careers based in the Gold Coast region.
On Thursday 9 March, representatives from the Australia Council for the Arts and City of Gold Coast met with Traditional Owners Hague Best, Shannon Sandy, Brandon Sandy and Kyle Slabb (co-founder of Banaam) for a cultural tour of Burleigh Headland and local significant sites.
On Friday 10 March, Arts Council representatives were invited to continue their cultural engagement activities with Traditional Owner Wesley Aird at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park.
This engagement session shared more of the history of the Gold Coast and demonstrated that, despite rapid development of the region, just beneath the surface, the Gold Coast retains a rich archaeological record which is constantly revealing secrets of past practices and occupation.
The session at O’Reilly’s also included a discussion of national policy issues including (not) Closing the Gap, Indigenous symbolism and the local and global market for low-quality cultural products.
One of Jabree’s core objectives is to maintain the integrity of our community’s culture including traditional language in contemporary settings (you can read more here and here). Our stories are just as much a part of the Gold Coast history as anything that glitters – and excitingly, there is much more of our story still to be discovered.
Feature image: Lamington National Park (Shutterstock Image 221544526 by Guillermohor)