The 2017 NT Arts Access Awards recognise the contributions of individuals, groups and organisations in the NT who have been working to improve accessibility in the creative arts for people with disability, across all genres of creative endeavor. The awards are a joint project of Arts Access Darwin and Incite Arts (Alice Springs) and have been running since 2009. The awards aim to acknowledge NT based artists with disability, arts workers, support worker, community groups and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution through their creative practice.
Incite is delighted to share the news that Acacia Hill School is the winner of the 2017 NT Arts Access Awards in the Organisation Category. Congratulations Acacia Hill – your arts programs are a standout and really set a benchmark for arts and disability education in the NT.
In 2017 we have named the Michele Castagna Award for an Outstanding Individual Artist, from 2017 onwards this category will be named in memory of Michele Castagna, 1944-2016. The naming of this memorial award will honour Michele’s memory for years to come and memorialises Michele’s outstanding contribution to Incite Arts (Alice Springs) in her role as Chairperson from 2007- 2014. Michele was a long term resident of Alice Springs with numerous professional and local memberships in Arts, Health, Disability & Multicultural sector committees and community organisations.
This year’s awards were judged by Meagan Shand the CEO of Arts Access Australia the national peak body for arts and disability. Meagan was very impressed by the depth and breadth of Acacia Hill’s arts curriculum and the community engagement you have created, and the disability awareness generated by your involvement in public programs.
The awards comprised original watercolour work by Michele Castagna and were presented in Darwin by the Minister for Culture and Tourism, the Honourable Lauren Moss, at the Malak Markets, Saturday the 24th of June.
Significant other Alice Springs award winners are
- Individual Artist, High Commended: Lizzie Trew
- Arts Worker Category, Winner: Miriam Nicholls
- Arts Worker, Highly Recommended: Melissa Kerl
- Arts Worker, Highly Commended: Veronica Hagan