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A new kid on the block at Creating Connections

BY Jacqueline King | 13-Aug-2013
There’s a new kid on the block at Accessible Arts North Coast office with Jacqueline King joining the team. Jacqueline is an established glass artist on the north coast and brings a passion for the arts & equality for artists with a disability to her role here. As an advocate & speaker on mental health issues, with a lived experience of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Jacqueline gives a new voice to the largest sub-sector in the Disability community, Psychological disability.

Creating Connections is a project of Accessible Arts NSW launched in Feb 2012. Accessible Arts works across the North Coast region of NSW to establish new arts and disability networks and support existing opportunities for people with disability to fully experience and participate in the Arts. This includes increasing representation in the Arts of artists with disability and inclusive arts collectives across the region, as well as supporting the development and promotion of accessible venues, activities, studios and communications. “Creating Connections is about pushing boundaries. It’s about changing people’s perceptions of art and of the people who make it. Regardless of what your ability is, it’s about using art as a way to communicate.”

Sunita Bala Real Art Works The project aims to: strengthen the capacity of arts and disability organisations and local councils in the region ensure inclusive arts practices through strong partnerships, education and networking opportunities develop the capacity of arts workers and administrators in relation to inclusive practices The project covers thirteen local council areas including Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Greater Taree, Hastings, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Nambucca, Richmond Valley and Tweed. “It is very important that we share our knowledge and resources in this area, and I know there is real energy and capacity to be tapped into in our region. With Accessible Arts’ support we look forward to growing community access to arts education, participation and projects.” Rod Howard, Executive Officer Arts Mid North Coast