QPAC’s Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been developed in collaboration with staff, the QPAC Board, Executive Team, QPAC’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group and Reconciliation Australia.
QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said the launch of the Reflect RAP was a significant milestone in QPAC’s history and one in which the entire organisation was invested.
QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas.
“QPAC has long had a commitment to connecting with First Nations communities and providing a platform for stories, history and experiences to be shared through our programming,” Mr Kotzas said.
“This RAP is an important public statement of intent for us as an organisation to weave our reconciliation actions through all that we do, so that it becomes a constant thread throughout QPAC.
“This means more than programming First Nations content on our stages, it means looking through a First Nations lens when it comes to our entire organisation and operations touching things like procurement, recruitment, and the professional and cultural development of our teams.
“QPAC is located on Yuggera and Turrbal Country and we honour the First Nations ancestors, their spirits and legacy acknowledging that for thousands of years this Country has been a place to meet, to share stories, sing and dance.
“We believe the arts is in a unique position to enable those traditions to continue and to provide opportunities for contemporary expression. We hope to further reconciliation through building relationships and bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures together to make meaningful connections, and we see it is a privilege to step into this space with more intent than ever.”
QPAC Trustee and Chair of QPAC’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group Georgina Richters said the launch of the inaugural RAP could not have occurred without the leadership shown by the Trustees, Advisory Group, Chief Executive and Executive.
QPAC Trustee and Chair of QPAC’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group Georgina Richters.
“The RAP provides a framework for QPAC and its partners to strengthen relationships with First Nations peoples and establish the best approach to advance reconciliation.”
QPAC’s Reflect RAP was officially launched by Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch MP, who also unveiled Jennifer Kent as the First Nations artist commissioned to create the RAP cover artwork following a Queensland-wide Expression of Interest (EOI) process.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch.
Minister Enoch said QPAC’s Reconciliation Action Plan delivered on the Queensland Government’s Creative Together ten-year roadmap and its priority to elevate First Nations arts.
“This is an important step in advancing human rights and our Government’s Path to Treaty to create new relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Queenslanders,” Ms Enoch said.
“I commend QPAC for its leadership role in the development of this Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan, and for its efforts to ensure reconciliation is at the heart of working with artists and arts organisations.
“Congratulations to First Nations artist Jennifer Kent for her beautiful artwork From Red Hues to Ocean Blues which enhances the document and its reconciliation story about Queensland.”
View the launch of QPAC’s RAP below, which also featured a Welcome to Country by Gaja Kerry Charlton and performance by Tribal Experiences.
The Reflect RAP formalises QPAC’s reconciliation journey with practical goals set for the organisation including:
- Supporting empowerment, community connectedness and wellbeing among First Nations peoples through the arts
- Providing a culturally safe workplace and generating First Nations employment opportunities
- Supporting intergenerational cultural transmission by engaging young First Nations people in the arts
- Enabling the Queensland Government’s Path to Treaty through truth-telling, respect, and authentic First Nations cultural expression
- Providing cultural learning opportunities for QPAC audiences and staff
- Supporting economic opportunities for First Nations artists of all generations and locations throughout the State
- Fostering strong relationships with First Nations communities that promote and contribute to cultural and language expressions.
Reconciliation Australia’s RAP Framework outlines a four stage RAP process of which Reflect is the first stage. This Reflect plan will be in place for 12 months to be followed by the Innovate, Stretch and Elevate stages.
QPAC’s Reflect RAP Plan is available via qpac.com.au.
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Jarjums Life Museum
Jarjums Life Museum is a museum made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jarjums.
QPAC’s Warm Welcome
This was a series of events looking at what happens when communities open their hearts, homes and institutions to people from other places.
The Mabo Oration
In 2005 the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ) and QPAC partnered to establish he Mabo Oration – a biennial public oration.
Our First Nations program is bold, resilient, and features fierce black work from local, regional and national First Nations artists.
Sparks is a PLAYLAB THEATRE and QPAC partnership program which runs for a year and is designed to facilitate pathway opportunities for First Nations Artists in the performing arts.
National Apology Day
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As it Happened: Clancestry 2022
Highlights from QPAC’s Clancestry – A Celebration of Country, which ran from 13 to 28 May 2022 and brought together First Nations voices, ideas and talent.
Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir
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Designing a First Nations Festival Space
How Quandamooka Nunukul artist Casey Coolwell Fisher’s artwork transformed QPAC during QPAC’s Clancestry – A Celebration of Country.
Healing Country through the Performing Arts
Reflections from our Chief Executive John Kotzas and Elder in Residence Aunty Colleen Wall during NAIDOC Week 2021.
Meet Rachael Sarra
Responsible for QPAC’s First Nations artwork, her artwork recognizes and celebrates First Nations people, culture and stories throughout all of Queensland.