ACKNOWLEDGING FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE
APATA acknowledges the custodians and elders, past and present, of the land on which we work, practice, rehearse, perform and present across Australia. We pay respect to the cultural authority and traditions of the land. The First Peoples of this nation express their culture through music, dance and storytelling, and it is a privilege to continue a tradition of storytelling and performance in this country. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.
AUSTRALIAN PERFORMING ARTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
The Australian Performing Arts Teachers Association [APATA] is the national peak body representing and supporting teachers, educators, and industry practitioners working and creating in performing arts education.
Our sole purpose is to represent all disciplines in the performing arts to lead best practice in education and to build the capability of Australian and New Zealand performing communities by providing leadership, advocacy and connection for the benefit of education in arts, culture and performance. We connect teachers and educators with industry and leading experts across a multitude of experiences, knowledge and professional development.
Our vision is that performing arts education is the foundation that builds and nurtures skills and talents in the performing arts, connects emerging artists and skilled arts workers, develops future audiences and contributes towards a robust and sustainable performing arts industry. Performing arts education starts in schools and studios across the nation teaching and developing skills, capability and connection.
Nurtured skills and talents across all disciplines of the performing arts are explored in education supporting the next generation’s journey, knowledge and interests for roles in front or behind the curtain, in purpose-built theatres and arenas to touring and outdoor applications. The heart of the performing arts industry is introduced and explored by students with teachers.
So, what is APATA all about? We connect through our online member community, industry events and programs, professional development, partnerships and national awards program. Whether you are located in regional Australia or city central, we warmly welcome all members of our national community to participate, collaborate, connect, and inspire. We believe in sharing – ideas, knowledge, experience, expertise and deep insights.
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