Future makers: DARTS’ futuring session in Parramatta

Highly experienced trainers

All of our training programs are conducted by experienced trainers and specialists from CaLD communities. Guest speakers, practicing artists and arts workers and trainers from culturally diverse communities take part in programs as required.

By working with trainers from diverse cultures, arts organisations have the opportunity to work collaboratively with representatives from the communities they seek to engage, offering first-hand experience of the specific contexts, opportunities, and outcomes that can advance equity, diversity and inclusion in organisations.

Our program is led by the following experienced trainers:

Dr Paula Abood Fair Play Lead Trainer/Creative Producer

Artistic Director/ Editor/Facilitator/Trainer Paula Abood is a writer, community cultural development practitioner, creative producer and educator. She has worked with diverse communities in capacity building projects for 30 years. Her productions include The Cartographer’s  Curse (2016), Auburn Cartographies of Diversity (2016),  Sacred Women’s Voices (2013 / 2011), Parenting Stories (2010), Hurriya and her Sisters (2009), The Book of African Australian Stories (2006), Poetry on Rooftops (2006), and Of Middle Eastern Appearance (2001). Paula was awarded the 2007 Western Sydney Artists’ Fellowship for the blogging project Race and the City and was the 2013 recipient of the Australia Council’s Ros Bower Award for lifetime achievement in community cultural development practice.  She has developed resources and taught widely on subjects including cultural diversity, advocacy, and community development at TAFE and in community education settings. Paula co-developed the Certificate IV in Community Arts and Cultural Development that runs out of St George TAFE in Sydney, and is a leading trainer and educator on human rights approaches across the community, arts and education sectors. Paula was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from UNSW in 2007 in the area of cultural studies.

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