Sydney Opera House’s first year with a Reconciliation Action Plan was a rich learning experience that demonstrated the need for ongoing commitment to closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
Message Sticks Festival 2012.
In 2012, Sydney Opera House expanded its Message Sticks festival into a week-long celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and knowledge keepers.
Our newly created senior position, Head of Indigenous Programming, developed a program of ticketed and free events which attracted over 10,000 people. A detailed case study on Message Sticks can be found on the next tab.
Indigenous Work Experience Program.
Sydney Opera House piloted an Indigenous Work Experience Program with participation from twelve high-school students from schools across the Sydney region. In a four to five day interactive program, the students experienced a range of jobs across all areas of the House, learned specific and transferrable job skills and attended a number of performances and rehearsals. A detailed case study on the Indigenous Work Experience Program can be found on the next tab.
School Based Traineeships.
2 Year Program.
In 2012 we also introduced an Indigenous Schools Based Trainees Program, a two year program for five students involving a rotation through various departments within the organisation. Current students will complete the traineeship at the end of 2013 and another five students will enter the program in 2012/13.
Cultural Awareness Training Program.
Over the past year Sydney Opera House has been working towards a more educated and aware workforce through piloting a Cultural Awareness Training Program for Sydney Opera House staff. The Training Program is currently being refined and will run throughout 2012/13.
Read our case studies here