Museum of Contemporary Art

Upcoming SAMAG Panel - Youth arts: why we should care what young people think

Strikers! Youth leading change change panel, Conversation Starters 2019: Temperature Rising, MCA Australia, 2 June 2019. Photo: Jodie Barker, Image courtesy: MCA Australia

Since getting back from my Churchill Fellowship, I’ve been working with the Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group (SAMAG) to co-produce the upcoming panel conversation Youth Arts: why we should care what young people think.

I’m going to be sharing some of my Churchill findings, as well as insights from the MCA GENEXT impact report before a panel of brilliant young people offer their insights and experiences working with six different Sydney arts organisations across the theatre, visual arts, music and heritage sectors.

Wednesday 11 September at MCA

5pm - MCA Young Guides tour of Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow

6pm - Panel conversation with Q&A to follow

Tickets available here.

This quick style insight conversation will focus on the developing role and growth of youth committees and young people’s advisory groups within our arts and cultural organisations. What kinds of expertise do young people bring – as creative producers or advisors? What is their impact and how is the practice of our arts organisations responding to their contribution? How are young people being reached, communicated with and included in the arts beyond being sought as audience members? What does the arts sector look like to newcomers and what are some of the barriers to their involvement?

Join us if you can for a MCA Young Guide-led tour of Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow at 5pm, and then hear from a panel of young people and youth arts workers about their experiences and advice on where organisations should start if they haven’t already.

MCA Australia
• Lucy Achhorner (MCA Youth Committee and Young Guide)
• Em Lienert (MCA Youth Committee and Young Guide)

Australian Theatre for Young People
• Emily Buxton
• Daisy Millpark

Casula Powerhouse Art Centre
• Madelaine De Leon (CPAC Youth)
• Stephanie Nguy (Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Youth)

Shopfront Arts Co-Op
• Carlee Heise (Young Leader)
• Daniel Potter (Executive Director/CEO, Shopfront Arts Co-Op)

Information Cultural Exchange
• Liliana Occhiuto (New Age Noise Collective)
• Jessica Paraha (New Age Noise Collective)

Sydney Living Museums
• Hayden Walsh (Producer of Indigenous Programs)

Presenter & Co-Producer
Jo Higgins (Young Creatives Coordinator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2018 Churchill Fellow)

Sophie Harrington, SAMAG Committee Member and Public Program Manager, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences

This seminar is a partnership between SAMAG and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.



Spotlight on MCA Young Guides

Just wanted to share this film, which I helped to produce with some colleagues at the MCA in honour of UN World Refugee Day on 20 June.

Shaqaeq is one of our Young Guides and possibly one of artist Khadim Ali’s biggest fans. The opportunity to facilitate this conversation between them (Shaqaeq herself explains how it came to pass - thanks Instagram!) has been a joy and a privilege. One of those connections that really demonstrates the transformative capacity of art.

You can read more about the Young Guides program (and when to drop in for one of their tours!) here.