The AAA National Leadership Award is designed to discover, recognise and support new and emerging leaders in the arts and disability sector, and provides up to $10,000 towards leadership training and professional development for the successful recipient.
The award was established in 2019, with Queensland theatre-maker Madeleine Little receiving the inaugural award. Madeleine was recently appointed Festival Director of Undercover Artist Festival in Brisbane.
AAA CEO Matthew Hall said, “People with disability are less likely to be found in leadership and management roles in all sectors of our society, including in the arts and cultural sector. Arts Access Australia believes that this must change, and that change starts at the top. If we are to see more diversity in the arts, if we are to see more opportunities for artists and arts workers with disability, then we need more people with disability or who are D/deaf in positions of leadership and influence.”
“Whilst AAA is facing a number of significant challenges at this pivotal time of our history, including in relation to funding,” continues Hall, “the AAA Board recognises that the award is an important stepping stone for continued change, and one that we must ensure remains in place for 2020.”
The 2020 AAA National Leadership Award will be announced on International Day of People with Disability, 3 December 2020, at the National Arts & Disability Industry Award ceremony presented in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts.
Nominations close 9 November at 5pm AEDT.