Having worked in various roles at Country Arts WA since 2008, including her current position as Operations Officer, Sarah knows where the funding is, who the exciting people are and what makes an amazing art project in regional WA.
Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts, Communications and Cultural Studies from Curtin University. She has been a Drug Aware YCulture Metro funding recipient and knows how small cash injection programs like this benefit emerging talent in the arts community.
She is a strong supporter of metro/regional skills exchange in WA and wants to help people make new connections and uncover new development opportunities.
Aidan is a Chartered Accountant who works with a variety of businesses of all shapes and sizes throughout WA and Australia.
When he’s not counting beans, Aidan is actively involved in the Western Australian music scene as both a guitarist and an avid consumer of all things arts.
Aidan is excited about the opportunity to contribute to Propel Youth Arts WA by applying his day-to-day skills whilst serving as Propel’s Treasurer.
Alison graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2013 with a double degree in law and economics and now works as a lawyer with a large corporate law firm.
Alison sat on Propel's KickstART festival committee in 2015 and in particular, was involved with organising a range of forums targeted at exploring youth issues and trends such as mental illness and entrepreneurship.
Alison also has a background in community work, specifically with culturally and linguistically diverse youth, having previously sat on the Ethnic Youth Advocate Committee and the Chung Wah Youth Group Committee.
Alison brings passion and enthusiasm for the arts to Propel, in particular, a love for the colour and excitement the arts adds to a city and the people that live in it. She hopes to increase Propel's reach so that others may benefit from Propel's workshops and programs.
After graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and TV in 2009, Zoe worked at the ABC for ABC Kids Rollercoaster and in the ABC Newsroom.
While working there, Zoe branched out and found Propel, which helped her to discover her passion for working in the arts and contributing to the wider community. Since then, Zoe has volunteered on the Propel National Youth Week Committee, interned with the organisation, and just couldn't quite say goodbye... so she now brings her skills and knowledge to the Propel Board.
Zoe has also volunteered and worked for many other arts organisations including Fringe Festival, Bootleg Comedy, AWESOME Festival, Aaromedia, and Perth International Arts Festival. Currently she is working in the visual arts as the Administration and Marketing Assistant for the touring art exhibition organisation ART ON THE MOVE. Zoe is passionate about connecting young people in the arts and is inspired to create new opportunities for young people across WA.
Wanjie Song is a practising lawyer with a particular interest in working with remote Aboriginal communities and clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She has maintained a strong involvement in the not-for-profit sector, including contributions to other Perth youth-focussed organisations.
In a previous life, Wanjie was a visual artist and enjoys socially-engaged art practices. She has been a member of Propel since 2011.
Wanjie brings legal and governance skills to the Propel Board, and recognises that good governance, although seldomly exhilarating, is crucial to facilitating the effective performance of the Board in its role in setting the vision and strategies of Propel.
Annie is a young marketing professional whose love for culture and the arts has motivated her to pursue professional development in the industry. She is always up for different experiences and looking for new opportunities to expand her knowledge, understanding and compassion in the workforce.
Annie started her career as the Marketing Assistant at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, whilst she was completing her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Western Australia. She was offered a position at the Perth International Arts Festival as the Digital Marketing Assistant in her penultimate year of studies. She is still at the Festival in this role, whilst simultaneously completing her degree.
She is extremely excited to be in the Propel Youth Arts WA board, where she hopes to increase the exposure of art to West Australian youth and communicate to students that the arts industry does provide a viable career path for the future.
Matt McVeigh is a contemporary visual artist & designer. Skilled in several branches of visual arts, he has created striking and original production design work for many stage productions and innovative community art projects.
Matt graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts 2008, majoring in Design for Live Performance. Since graduating he has been commissioned in the capacity of sculptor, painter, community artist, puppet, set, costume and event designer for various clients.
Matt has also worked across Western Australia mainly in remote areas, as a community artists creating context- responsive and socially engaged projects.
Matt brings his experience as practicing young artist to the Propel board. He has a strong interest in community participation and overcoming traditional divisions between art, performance and production.
Ragen has known the power of the arts to change lives ever since she had the good fortune to cross paths with a brilliant and inspiring art teacher in high school. Years later with a career dedicated to the arts and culture and a couple of young creatives of her own, Ragen is pleased to contribute to Propel Youth Arts, the peak body from for youth arts in WA.
Committed to showcasing and promoting the State's creative talent and delivering programs that engage, stimulate and entertain audiences and further develop the creative industries in WA Ragen worked in collections and exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Western Australia for 4 years and currently with the Fashion Council WA working on creative industry development and major projects including the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.
Ragen has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.
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