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Creative Connections - Session 37

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Topic: Climate Change and arts leadership

Date: 5 August 2020

Time: 3pm

Location of guest panelists: Alec Reade - Kulin (Melbourne [VIC]) and Kevin Aipopo - Kalupuya (Tigard, Oregon [USA])

Location of host: Ian RT Colless - Eora, Gadigal, (Sydney)

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Guest panelists: 

Kevin Aipopo: Kevin Lionga Aipopo is a community advocate, storyteller, and student leader based in Traditional Kalupuya lands (Tigard, Oregon). Their work centers around the intersections between their ethnic identity as a Black American and Samoan person and their gender fluidity.  

Alec Reade, New Wayfinders: Alec Reade is an artist, producer, community arts facilitator and curator. Alec is a co-founder of Oceanic Art Collective, New Wayfinders. They have an interest in artistic narratives of empowerment that decentralise whiteness, with a focus on community organising, intercultural collaboration and the platforming of Oceanic arts on Kulin Nation lands and beyond. 

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About this episode

How can we shift our focus to better understand the vulnerabilities of Pacific island countries through the impact of climate change? What do we need to be doing differently, and in light of Covid-19, what is the priority?

Awareness building around the realities of climate change. Providing a different framework and lens to think about and take action on climate change in the Asia Pacific region.

About the series

Creative Connections is an online webinar series for the cultural and arts sectors and will offer practical, accessible and useful content delivered by industry experts on key topics and emerging themes.

The series is focused around the theme of adaptation, and sessions will explore digital adaptation, leadership adaptation and arts practice adaptation. Sessions will be facilitated by experts in specific topic areas, with over thirty sessions available.

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