GENERATE 2018 // WORKING IN FIRST NATIONS CULTURAL CONTEXTS
Sovereignty, cultural competency and racial literacy
A chance to assess, deepen or develop our understanding of sovereignty, cultural competency and racial literacy. Are you currently working with First Nations peoples or hope to in the future? Are you interested in increasing your capacity to work respectfully with people from differing cultural backgrounds to your own? This workshop is designed to build capacity and effectiveness of non-Indigenous arts and cultural workers to better support sovereignty and self-determined outcomes in First Nations arts, culture and community engaged practice.
Facilitated by Paola Balla, Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara woman, artist, curator and researcher, this three-day workshop explores racial literacy, understanding whiteness, cultural competency and effective ways of working in First Nations contexts. This workshop is a chance to explore your own identity and professional practice, whilst connecting with Elders and Koorie community arts practitioners as they share with you first-hand knowledge and experience.
GENERATE is FCAC’s professional development series in contemporary community engaged practice. Be informed about best practice in the industry, and develop your leadership skills for social change.
WHEN: Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 and Friday 19 October
VENUE: FCAC Basement Theatre
3 day workshop (morning tea and lunch included)
‘The GENERATE Working in First Nations Cultural Contexts program is more than just a training package, it is a life changing experience that forced me unlearn and then relearn everything I thought I knew and ultimately helped me re-evaluate the way in which I see the world. The course was personally and professionally challenging but I was able to achieve more than I expected through the generosity, wisdom and experience of the trainers and guest presenters. Understanding and coming to terms with race, colonisation, whiteness and privilege is not easy, and nor should it be. But this work is essential to living a wholehearted life. I cannot recommend this program highly enough.’
– Craig Rogers, 2017 participant
About the facilitator:
Paola Balla is a Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara sovereign woman, of Calabrese and Chinese heritage and is currently a PhD researcher based at Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit, Victoria University. In 2010 she developed FCAC’s Indigenous Cultural Program, and has previously worked as a Senior Curator in the First Peoples exhibition at Melbourne Museum, and on numerous, highly acclaimed exhibitions including Blak Side Story at FCAC, and the exhibition Executed in Franklin Street for the City Gallery, which was Highly Commended in the Australia and New Zealand Museums and Galleries Awards for Indigenous Projects 2016. Paola has twice been the recipient of Victorian Indigenous Art Awards in 2011 and 2014.
Paola’s art, work and PhD research is about raising awareness of Aboriginal women’s status as matriarchs, artists and healers, and focuses on addressing impacts of trans generational colonial trauma for women and children.
1- Possum Skin Cloak (detail), 2013. Image by Tamara Watt