Emerging Cultural Leaders 2016
Kat Clarke is a multi-talented creative from the Wimmera. Being a proud Wotjobaluk woman, Kat takes pride in being active with both her own community and the Aboriginal community in Melbourne. Having graduated from RMIT with a specialty in writing and film, Kat dreams of one day developing her own business that is focused around the Creative Arts Industry, where she aims to incorporate a learning environment for disadvantaged cultural groups and low socio-economic groups that supports creative talent and encourages self-worth and self-management.
From a grass-roots and professional level, Kat has built strong relationships as a writer, cultural consultant and public speaker/performer for various organisations, festivals and communities, some of these include: The Rag and Bone Man Press, RISE for Refugees, STREAT/RMIT, The Department of Education and Training, The Koorie Heritage Trust, Sista Girl Productions, The Wheeler Centre, Blak and Bright Festival, Art Is Festival in the Wimmera, Tin Man Games and the Whitehorse Greens, and First Nations Script to Screen Initiative.
Kat is currently working for the University of Melbourne as the Project Officer for Undergraduate STEM Students, developing a new Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. She is also working on a number of arts and film projects that are set to launch in the coming months leading into 2017.
“I believe that if it’s benefiting community both culturally and holistically, is within our cultural protocols and drives your passion, then go for it! Life’s too short. Just believe in yourself and let your true colours shine!”
“I am someone who has always worked from a grass roots level up – when it comes to community and being culturally active in my community back home or here in Melbourne”