"HY are strong advocates for generating, funding and facilitating social outputs. We are excited to be part of a program that helps engage and nurture young indigenous people in education through performing arts." – Greg Baumann, State Manager QLD
The curtain may have closed on construction of Bulmba-ja (formerly the Centre of Contemporary Arts), but this theatre, gallery and creative development space is bursting with opportunity to showcase the unique stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Home to the JUTE Theatre Company, the organisation aims to showcase the work of local Cairns and Far North Queensland indigenous artists in the hopes to inspire the next generation of creators.
Hansen Yuncken has partnered with the JUTE Theatre Company to provide a three-year scholarship program, allowing two aspiring performers to participate in the JUTE Actors Studio. The scholarship provides the opportunity for young performers to build their craft – learning focus, discipline, teamwork, creative problem solving and most importantly, self-confidence.
Underpinned by community, this project resonates with Queensland State Manager, Greg Baumann, who understands the value of giving back to the community - "HY are strong advocates for generating, funding and facilitating social outputs. We are excited to be part of a program that helps engage and nurture young indigenous people in education through performing arts."
The recipient of this years’ Hansen Yuncken Scholarship is Aleesha Dean, a young indigenous performer from the Mamu indigenous group, who will receive five terms of tuition at the JUTE Actors Studio.
As a longstanding member of the Cairns community, Project Manager Dave Haydon was delighted with the outcome, “as Bulmba-ja is the new and improved home to JUTE theatre, we wanted to contribute even further; not only to the community, but to further showcase this amazing facility, watching it come to life."