Front & Centre - Accessible Arts Women in Leadership Program.

Front & Centre is a professional development program for women with disability, working in the arts, creative and cultural sectors across NSW.
Front & Centre addresses the issue of a lack of representation of women people living with disability in leadership roles by: 
  • individual empowerment - through an accelerated leadership development program; and
  • changing the environment - through introductions and connections to decision-makers and influencers, and advocacy around the issue of representation by people living with disability.  
Selection Criteria
1. Commitment - to own development as an artist, creative, arts or cultural worker. 
2. Community - involvement in activities outside of own creative practise or organisation.
3. Awareness - of the issues in the arts sector in Australia and NSW.
4. Coach-ability - willingness to take feedback, self reflect and openness to external challenges.
5. Diversity - understanding of the importance of diversity in sustainability of arts culture, barriers to representation and one's own place within the arts and cultural.  
  • 6 x individual (50 minutes) coaching sessions with accredited specialist arts and creative leadership coach - Judith Bowtell of Albany Lane consulting ( Coaching can be onsite at Accessible Arts, partner body tbc and/or online.
  • Values assessment as framework for leadership development.
  • Motivational matrix to develop key areas of interest.
  • Other tools as developed by Albany Lane for Front & Centre to support your development.
  • Access to Front & Centre webinar series, online tools, Facebook group for 10-12 peer participants in the program, and the Accessible Arts team.
  • Introduction to 1 (one) key person, network or connection that will accelerate your leadership development.
Key Dates
  • Tuesday 6 August -  Applications for EOI's for Front & Centre open.
  • Friday 13 September - Applications for EOI's for Front & Centre closes (11:59pm).
  • Wednesday 18 September - Selection Process.
  • Friday 20 September - Successful applicants will be informed via email.
  • Thursday 3 October - Front & Centre meet up to set key goals for program.
  • 6 x coaching programs each month (October - February) 7-11 October, 4-8 November, 18 -22 November, 16-20 December, 27-31 January & 24-28 February.
  • 1 x group webinar on Wednesday 23 - October, 4-December, 12 -February
  • Webinar topics include: Discrimination at work – your rights and responsibilities, Developing inclusive cultures at work, Being a leader – responsibilities of executives and board members.
  • End of March - Graduation event for Front & Centre participants.
  • Early May - Report back from Front & Centre participants.
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