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Murray Arts | Murray Arts Celebrates 21 years!

This year marks some important milestones for Murray Arts. The small, but busy organisation is celebrating 21 years since Murray Arts was incorporated in 1996. As believers of telling and sharing good stories, Murray Arts is shining a spotlight on the service of two former staff members and a retiring Board member.
 
The Murray Arts Board acknowledges the dedication and driving passion of Karen Gardner, who after 8 years at the helm as Murray Arts General Manager, moved on to a new role and new challenges late last year. Karen developed some of Murray Arts most significant projects during her time as General Manager, including the yarnbombing project of the Holbrook Yellow Submarine, Bright Sparks Creative Industries Symposium, establishing Burraja Gallery – a dedicated Aboriginal Art space and forging an on-going partnership with Sydney Theatre Company and HotHouse Theatre, which has seen the acclaimed School Drama program delivered to Primary Schools across the region.
 
Karen said “I am incredibly grateful to have been able to work at Murray Arts and be a part of some amazing projects. I would like to thank all the communities we have worked in and the artists who enrich our lives on a daily basis.”
 
After 10 years at Murray Arts as our ‘front of house’ Administration and Finance Officer, the organisation also says farewell this month to Vivien Naimo. Vivien has been the driving force behind establishing Murray Arts comprehensive Aboriginal Artists Network, a key priority for Murray Arts and project managing four successful Inspiring Science NSW grants, including last year’s amazing Go Wild in the Garden workshops around the Border and North East region. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my ten years at Murray Arts, meeting new people, networking and the daily challenges,” said Vivien.
 
Denise Osborne, former Murray Arts Board delegate of Hume Shire, Councillor and community representative of Greater Hume Shire is retiring from the Murray Arts Board after more than 20 years of service. Denise expressed her admiration for the contribution staff have made and the reputation Murray Arts has gained in being recognised as a leading Arts Organisation, across two States. Denise said “the growth in Murray Arts as the ‘go-to’ place for arts and culture has been an immense plus for this region, with significant implications for Aboriginal Arts and engaging with youth.”
 
“We would like to thank Karen, Vivien and Denise for their involvement with this great organisation, who collectively over the past 20 years, have all gone above and beyond to keep Murray Arts progressive, supportive and current in the arts world,” said Murray Arts Executive Director, Alyce Fisher.
 
The team at Murray Arts and Murray Arts Board gratefully acknowledge the years of service given by Karen Gardner, Vivien Naimo and Denise Osborne as Treasurer. Murray Arts wish them all every success and know that they will continue to champion the arts, remaining strong advocates of the power of creativity to change lives.
 
A copy of the Murray Arts Program Report for 2016 is now available to download on the Murray Arts website here.