Over the past months you may have heard murmurings about The Childers Group, and it’s possible you let those murmurs wash over you willy nilly because a name like The Childers Group sounds rather like the everyday kind of ‘group’ that are likely to be building the latest dubiously named boutique apartment complex or megalithic office park in this furiously industrious little city. How far from the truth this is! In fact, the Childers Group is an independent arts forum, formed in November last year to provide a new voice for the arts in the ACT region. In their words:
The Childers Group is committed to the long-term viability and vitality of the arts. A key part of our role is advocating support for the arts to governments at all levels, and to engage with the private sector, educators, the media and the broader community about the value of the arts and their role in the cultural sector.
Next month finds the group hosting their first public forum – a ‘facilitated conversation pit’ featuring five guest speakers a facilitator of note. Imagine my delight and then delayed terror at having been invited to be one of this five, alongside Centenary of Canberra Creative Directive Robyn Archer, Opposition arts spokesperson Vicki Dunne, Greens arts spokesperson Caroline Le Couteur and urban poet Omar Musa.
As it is a public forum, you’re invited to come along and get involved. 5 for 5:30pm, Wednesday April 18 at The Street Theatre. Please note RSVP details in the invite below.
Take the time to read more about the Childers Group and the fine talents behind their endeavours at their site, and hope to see you at the forum!