The Australia Council for the Arts is not just “a group of suits.”
In 2008, Moya first met Kathy Keele at the Regional Arts Australia national conference in Alice Springs. Kathy (CEO Australia Council for the Arts) was launching Big Story Country, a book of stories produced by Only Human for RAA. That meeting in the desert led to a lively discussion about the paralysing effects of ‘artspeak’ and some of Kathy’s goals for the organisation in 2009, including increasing public engagement. Only Human started working with the AC that year by gathering the stories of the executive team and then more recently, the Council board.
Our starting point? Kathy was proud of the diverse talents, breadth of experience and commitment of the people in the teams. She wanted to use stories to show the richness of their backgrounds and how their personal passions contribute to the Council. We concentrated on the website, throwing out the standard CVs and those typical corporate headshots and replacing them with very human stories and powerful images that everyone can be proud of. And relate to.
Celebrating our people (and their contributions) will always bring enormous value to any organisation. And not just externally. Benefits include those often overlooked internal improvements: building understanding and connections between team members, providing an opportunity for individuals to reflect on why we are in an organisation and how we are currently contributing. And in the case of the Australia Council board, how lucky we are to work beside such accomplished and passionate humans!