Kevin Williams is the Executive Director with Arts Mid North Coast and one of the presenters at the upcoming Creative Industries Forum – Business of Being Creative in Kempsey next week.
Arts Mid North Coast is one of the 14 Regional Arts Development Organisations that promote and service the arts and cultural sector of New South Wales. It covers the extensive area from Bulahdelah in the south to Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga in the north and involves 7 local government areas.
Next week’s Forum will provide the opportunity to hear about the latest resources offered by Arts Mid North Coast and how they can assist you and your business.
“In the last year, Arts Mid North Coast has developed a new online tool SmartART and expanded its Directory of artists to include all creatives,” Mr Williams said.
“SmartART seeks to empower the Mid North Coast arts and creative sector to better understand business and become more entrepreneurial, sustainable and digitally savvy.”
According to Mr Williams, a key goal of Arts Mid North Coast’s strategic plan was to encourage and support regional arts, creative industries and cultural development planning to provide leadership to ensure positive outcomes for local, community and regional initiatives.
“We understand the value of the creative industries to not just the economy but the health of the region. We have recently commissioned Charles Sturt University to undertake research that qualifies that contribution and we look forward to sharing this widely,” Mr Williams said.
While a lawyer in another life, Kevin was also both a graduate of and lecturer at the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries in New Zealand. Prior to taking the position with Arts Mid North Coast in late 2013, Kevin had extensive experience in arts management, cultural tourism and community development.
He has lived on the Mid North Coast since 2002 where he worked as a consultant with state, regional and local government bodies, festival organisers, galleries, museums, local business chambers, commercial operators, and many smaller communities and villages.
The Creative Industries Forum – Business of Being Creative will be held on Tuesday 24 May at the new Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey.
For more information on the program, visit www.etcltd.com.au/creativeindustriesforum or contact Marilyn Breen, ETC Business Advisor, Kempsey on 0417 201 794 or Kevin Riddell in Coffs Harbour on 0408 128 496.