Melissa Ryan has joined the team at Outback Arts as the Acting Regional Arts Development Officer in the Far West region of NSW. Starting on June 14, while Jamie-Lea Hodges is on six month maternity leave, local girl Mel has experience in event and project management.
Mel grew up on a rural property at Gulargambone with her childhood consisting of the usual farming pastimes, fishing, horse-riding, picking mushrooms after the rain and raising pet lambs. She completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) with Charles Sturt University in 2007 and began working as the Communications Officer with Orana Arts the same year. After a short break Mel returned to Orana Arts this time in the position of Aboriginal Arts Development Officer. In this role she developed several strong programs working with Aboriginal artists (including Visual Artists, Musicians, Theatre, and Carving) in the Orana region.
â€œI am really looking forward to working with communities in the Outback Arts region. Growing up here, I know that there are many talented and passionate people who get in and make things happen, rather than wait around in the hope that something will pop up. I am eager to listen and talk about opportunities that local people need around arts and culture for their community.â€
Melâ€™s position will officially commence on June 14, throughout which there will be a handover period before Jamie takes leave from July 1. All RADO contact details will remain the same and we invite you to swing past the gallery to meet Mel and join us in welcoming her to the team.