Perth Symphony Orchestra is writing its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and has formed a working group to oversee the development and implementation. The first meeting of the Working Group takes place this week, coinciding nicely with National Reconciliation Week 2020.
The Working Group includes;
- Phil Walley-Stack, Noongar singer-songwriter, speaker, dancer and author
- Michelle Broun, cultural planner and producer, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curator at the WA Museum
- Julian Donaldson representing the Perth Symphony Board of Directors, CEO of The National Trust of Western Australia and former General Manager of the Perth Festival
- Bourby Webster, CEO Perth Symphony Orchestra, representing the Perth Symphony administration team
- Bronwyn Ife, Education and Community Coordinator Perth Symphony Orchestra, representing the Perth Symphony administration team
We are honoured to be able to bring these brilliant minds together with their diverse experience and knowledge, to finding creative ways to ensure Perth Symphony has reconciliation underpinning all activities.
Other staff members and musicians will be invited to meetings on a rotating basis to offer insight and ideas around opportunities to integrate reconciliation activities seamlessly across the organisation. We are delighted to have staff across all departments on board and invested in making these changes happen, evident in the initial brainstorm and feedback sessions held with the team.
We are looking forward to seeing what the RAP Working Group achieve and again would like to thank them for their time and contribution.
Pictured above is Phil Walley-Stack, hosting a collaboration between Karla Hart (also pictured) and Perth Symphony Orchestra – WOWAK as part of the Fremantle Festival, 2019.