Vale Michele Castagna, 1944-2016.
We at Incite Arts acknowledge Michele for her outstanding contribution to the organisation in her role as Chairperson from May 2007 to November 2014.
Michele brought an enormous breadth of knowledge and experience to the Incite Board and to the organisation. As a long term resident with numerous professional and local memberships in Arts, Health, Disability & Multicultural sector committees and community organisation Michele led the organisation developments in Good Governance as well as recommending and advising on Strategic Development for the organisation.
Along with Incite Arts Michele was also instrumental in founding Arts Access Central Australia (AACA) in response to recommendations from the Mapping New Territory Project in 2003, (auspiced through CASA): “To develop an independent community organisation with an inclusive, holistic and cross-cultural membership; to progress opportunities for people with disability to explore creative arts and to promote broader community participation and integration.”
“It is my belief that the arts and all things artistic for people with disability is not well understood as to the benefits that can be gained from such programs. Lack of access to arts program are very problematic where access and equity of participation to such programs is sadly unrepresented.”
Michele gave energy, knowledge and flair, leading the Board. Her knowledge and experience in governance matters, her understanding and experience in meetings, the obligations to funding bodies and expectations within the aims, vision and objectives of the organisation's Constitution and Organisational Framework made Michele an outstanding leader of the Incite Board.
As Chair Michele led Incite Youth Arts and AACA through the consolidation process in 2013 to emerge invigorated as the new Incite Arts Incorporated!
In 2014 Michele was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from Arts Access Australia (AAA), the peak arts and disability organisation in Australia, for her significant contribution to removing barriers to arts and cultural access, experienced by people with disability as audiences, artists, arts workers and/or arts leaders.
In 2015 Incite Arts acknowledged Michele’s contribution to the development of arts and disability in Alice Springs with the presentation of a Life Membership to the organisation.
In 2016 Michele was awarded the NT Arts Access Award for Excellence in Inclusive Arts Practice.
You have left an enormous and unique creative legacy for our community and we thank you Michele.
We all thank you Michele, for your inspiration and will sorely miss sharing time and ideas with you into the future.