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Vandana Ram 2014

Vandana Ram, Bankstown City Council

Vandana has been employed at Bankstown City Council since 2007 and has been instrumental in establishing the new Bankstown Arts Centre which opened in 2011. Vandana has brought the Arts Centre to a multi-disciplinary arts venue with a range of innovative programming, focusing on contemporary arts practice and collaborations between professional artists and the local community.

Vandana’s passion and commitment for the arts has driven the business planning and programming for the Arts Centre from the ground up. Within two and a half years, she has developed a solid range of programs including a comprehensive Access program for people with a disability, a weekly Aboriginal Elders art workshop, art classes and intercultural exchange programs. The annual attendance of the facility is now estimated at 18,000.

A large percentage of the programs that Vandana runs through the Bankstown Arts Centre have a focus on women’s cultural interests and participation by women. This includes the Samoan Women’s Weaving workshops; the Aboriginal Elders ceramics program, the World Music Choir, the Greek Older Women’s network, school holiday programs for mothers and preschool children.

Vandana has pursued a commitment to social justice and increasing access and participation by women in the arts.

Vandana was nominated by Mr Matthew Stewart, General Manager of Bankstown City Council

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