First full-time head appointed to Creating Australia

Ms Maz McGann is to become the first full-time CEO of Creating Australia, the new national body for community arts and cultural development.

Ms McGann is currently Manager of Community and Culture at the Barossa Council in South Australia.

“Maz brings a great blend of initiative, understanding and leaderships,” says Executive Chair of Creating Australia, Sue-Anne Wallace.

“She comes to Creating Australia at an exciting time as we embark on an extensive national program of consultation to determine how best we can serve this most important arts sector.”

Originally from north-east Victoria, Ms McGann has worked in local government and community education, the last 4 ½ years in regional South Australia.

“I am looking forward to developing Creating Australia,” says Ms McGann.

“My ‘grass roots’ work in Victoria and South Australia will be a good platform to create the advocacy role for this important area of arts practice, where professional artists utilise their skills to create great art and, in doing so, build capacity and resilience within individuals and communities,” says Ms McGann.

“A national organisation of this nature is long overdue in Australia. I’m really looking forward to raising the profile of Creating Australia and the sector,’ she says.

Creating Australia is an independent non-profit organisation providing advocacy, support and leadership for organisations, arts companies and artists who work directly with the community to bring about positive social change.

It was formed in mid-2013 with funding from the Australia Council for the Arts.