Armidale, Australia (PressExposure) April 30, 2009 -- The Australian Aboriginal Cultural Center and Keeping Place is poised to enter its next stage of development, income growth and community participation.
The Center's Director, Daisy William said today that the Armidale NSW based Center, a community organisation providing opportunities for the wider community to experience the diversity of Aboriginal arts and culture, had over the past three years seen a growth of 25% in self generated income.
"We have also experienced an enormous rise in the number of visitors through our doors from a base of anything between two to twelve a week to well over 200, our Aboriginal Art Exhibitions have been outstanding drawcards.
'Our growth has been unprecedented and we are now evaluating and consolidating our success to move the Center at a higher level of operations, offering an increased range of products and services, and seeking greater community involvement and participation.
Ms William said that in helping drive the new directions the Center had recently employed a marketing officer, Dr Ann Nyland and the professional expertise of communications and marketing consultant, Ms Annette McCarthy.
She said that Ann Nyland would be working closely with the local community in building mutually beneficial partnerships, while Annette McCarthy would be working with the executive management in establishing the direction of the organisation and the services it provides.
"We intend to build on this strength and seek new directions in our relationships locally, nationally and internationally through offering opportunities to all levels of the community.
"We also want to expand involvement to all Aboriginal communities across the region and the State.
"Our aim is to become self sufficient, independent of government funding by increasing our income every each year by at least 5%.
"We expect to see the introduction of a number of new services and products which will serve to expand the wider understanding of the wonderful depth and richness of the Aboriginal culture.
"We are entering very exciting times," Ms William concluded.