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Mandy Brown is the Indigenous Arts and Cultural Engagement officer at Country Arts SA. Her primary role is to support and engage with Aboriginal artists and communities across South Australia. She has been employed in this position since 2010. In her current role she has successfully implemented policies and programs that integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and people within the organisation.

These include but are not limited to

  • Developing Cultural Specifications for each Country Arts SA Arts Centre
  • Assist develop the Reconciliation Action Plan and Statement pertinent to the organisation
  • Facilitate workshops that bridge the generational gap within Aboriginal communities
  • Developed an audio of Acknowledgment of Country for each Arts Centre
  • Create audience development for Aboriginal people to access arts in regional communities
  • Sit on several Indigenous arts committees

Mandy is an Elder of the Peramangk and Ngarrindjeri nations and has connection through her Grandfather Jimmy James to Kokatha and Pitjantjatjara mobs.

In 2009, Mandy was nominated by community for Australian of the Year. She is the current chair of the Colebrook committee and has worked in a voluntary capacity as state secretary for the Journey of Healing for several years. Mandy was the mentor for Adelaide City Council’s inaugural18 Indigenous trainees and facilitated the Reconciliation committee at ACC.

Mandy has 3 adult children and 7 Grandchildren all living in and around Adelaide. She is a survivor of the Stolen Generations and is keenly involved in activities that support them. She is a member of the First Nations writers group and is a poet and short story writer.