$60,000 TO HELP ENSURE ARMIDALE ABORIGINAL KEEPING PLACE TEACHING

$60,000 TO HELP ENSURE ARMIDALE ABORIGINAL KEEPING PLACE TEACHING

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, centre, celebrating news of the extra funding with Armidale Cultural Centre and Keeping Place Board of Custodians, Dr Brian Connor, left, Father Ron Perrett, Lorna Hague, Margaret Walford, Faye Griffiths and Dr Ray Fife.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has today announced $60,000 in financial support from the NSW Government for a blockbuster 2018 at Armidale’s Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place (ACCKP).

Mr Marshall said the funding would help the renowned Aboriginal centre employ several key staff members, ensuring the year’s vibrant roster of cultural events could go ahead smoothly.

“Armidale’s Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place is an important showcase of Indigenous art and history, educating people from all backgrounds on the traditional custodians of our region,” Mr Marshall said.

“The ACCKP will host a wide variety of workshops, exhibitions and school groups this year, passing on our region’s unique Aboriginal culture to the next generation and wider world.

“Starting with traditional art on Boab Nuts and Emu eggs, the year will showcase historic rock markings, artefacts from the region and coast, regional photography and finish with unique demonstrations of women’s cooking utensils.

“This extensive year-long program will showcase the incredible depth and variety of indigenous culture, and I’m proud the NSW Government is doing its part.

“The government is supporting this valuable Armidale institution, providing $60,000 from the Arts and Cultural Development Program to ensure it can benefit students and visitors from across the country.”

ACCKP Director Dr Daisy William thanked Mr Marshall and said the staff and board members were excited by the news.

“This grant will go far in helping us fulfil our objectives in delivering Aboriginal public programs for our community,” Dr William said. “It part pays the salaries of our Aboriginal Creative Producer, Aboriginal Men’s group leader and Aboriginal Women’s group Coordinator.”

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