New home for Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts
Ms Sheryl Sandy, Chairperson of ACPA, announced a new era for the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) as it moved into new premises on 7 July at Brisbane's Kangaroo Point.
"The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, a national leader in developing and training the next generation of Indigenous performing artists, was in need of a new site to accommodate its growing student base," Ms Sandy said.
"ACPA had outgrown its home in South Brisbane, and was at risk of overcrowding, especially in its dance studio spaces, limiting its ability to move forward.
"The move will ensure the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts has a suitable base for the continued growth in student numbers and for a professional training environment.
Ms Sandy said students will start training immediately in the new premises which had four dance studios, two music studios, two studios for actors and office accommodation.
"These improved facilities will allow the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts to offer additional training programs, further strengthening Indigenous employment outcomes across the performing arts sector," Ms Sandy said.
The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts is a real success story, recently winning the 2012 Premier's Reconciliation Award, in partnership with Link-Up (Qld) Aboriginal Corporation, for their production of Stolen.
"The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, established in 1997, is the only organisation in Australia offering performing arts training across all genres - music, voice, dance and drama to young Indigenous people," Ms Sandy said.
"It attracts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from urban, regional and remote communities within Queensland and nationally and this move will see continued success and growth."