Experienced sector leader Karen Rodgers has been appointed as Director of Arts with Create NSW, a newly created role within the NSW Government’s agency responsible for arts, screen and culture.
Ms Rodgers joins Create NSW from the Australia Council for the Arts and will be responsible for overseeing arts and cultural operational funding programs and helping shape NSW’s policy agenda for the sector.
Interim CEO of Create NSW, Annette Pitman welcomed the appointment of Ms Rodgers saying her experience both within government and in leading small and medium sized arts organisations will position her to contribute greatly to NSW’s arts and culture ecology.
“Karen is known for her passion in working with artists and arts organisations across the state and the country, and comes to Create NSW with the skills and leadership to continue to develop and support the arts and cultural sector here in NSW,” Ms Pitman said.
“I am confident Karen will provide the direction needed to support and strengthen our arts and culture sectors, which will ultimately deliver both world-class experiences for audiences, and more jobs and opportunities in the sector.”
Karen Rodgers said she was excited to start the new role with Create NSW and utilise her skills and experience to deliver real outcomes for NSW’s arts and cultural sector.
“This is a rare opportunity to influence the future of culture and the arts in NSW and I am thrilled to join Create NSW, where I will continue to champion and support the many talented and creative people who make this state such an incredible place to live, work and visit,” Ms Rodgers said.
Karen Rodgers will commence the role in mid-August 2022.