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Governance Institute announces 2022 arts collaborators

2022 Arts collaborators

Governance Institute of Australia is pleased to announce its 2022 Arts Support Program collaborators: So Brave and the Museum of Underwater Art.

So Brave is a breast cancer charity for young women that raises awareness through art, and the Museum of Underwater Art, located on the Great Barrier Reef, educates about reef conservation.

Governance Institute’s Arts Support Program was implemented in 2020 to assist the Australian arts community during the pandemic. Previous collaborators include The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Fashion Festival and RISING.

Participants receive access to two online Governance Institute of Australia certificates to help boost knowledge and education of key governance and risk management practices.

Governance Institute CEO Megan Motto congratulated So Brave and the Museum of Underwater Art on their successful applications.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with these two outstanding organisations, working to raise awareness on such important issues,” Ms Motto said.

“This collaboration will bring important skills and knowledge to the creative community, assisting them as the impact of the pandemic continues to play out.”

So Brave will participate in the program for the first half of 2022, with the collaboration with the Museum of Underwater Art to commence in the second half of the year.

So Brave’s Managing Director and Founder, Rachelle Panitz said the Arts Support Program collaboration is “an absolutely phenomenal opportunity.”

“I am very keen to ensure that as a not-for-profit we continue to ensure our governance is best practice as we are kept to a higher standard and want to provide that confidence to our donors and supporters,” Ms Panitz said.

“I also wanted to make sure that the people supporting us on our board in particular had access to these important courses so they can build and refresh their skills as well.”

The organisation remains focussed on delivering on its mission while working within changing parameters.

“I think that we have to accept that things aren’t going to return to the way they were which means planning, with the mindset that the plans could likely change and having options to shift from in-person to online or hybrid events in the case of changing restrictions,” Ms Panitz said.

Museum of Underwater Art’s Chair, Paul Victory said the organisation is looking forward to participating in the Arts Support Program and is excited by the collaboration and networking opportunities.

He said retaining and incentivising a strong and effective voluntary board of management as well as reduced visitation – and an anticipated reduction in income – are some of the key challenges emerging due to the pandemic.

“We have had to adjust budgets, find new revenue opportunities, adjust milestones in key projects and the board have been forced to reprioritise strategic priorities regularly,” Mr Victory said.

However, new opportunities have also emerged, including an opportunity to exhibit artworks in partnership with land-based museums.

Mr Victory said the arts sector’s creativity will be a key skill for navigating the year ahead.

“Have flexibility, creativity and willingness to change while remaining focussed on an ultimate objective.”

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Media contact: media@governanceinstitute.com.au.

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