JAF wins two AbaF awards!

September 12 2012

At the official ceremony held last Thursday at the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart, Festival Director Natalie De Vito accepted two Australia Business Arts Foundation awards on behalf of Junction Arts Festival.

The Arts & Health Foundation Award was awarded to Junction Arts Festival and Kids Paradise, Pregnant Young Parents Support Service (PYPS) and cu@home. This award recognises the successful four-part partnership that encourages greater community interaction and further supports the health and wellbeing of young parents, in particular through their participation in the development and presentation of Polyglot Theatre’s How High The Sky, an experience for babies under 12 months and their carers.

Junction Arts Festival and Festival Partner Effective Naturally won the Toyota Community Award in recognition of their innovative partnership that aims to enhance local business and arts partnerships, enabling the Festival to design corporate partnerships that enhance the festival whilst building stronger interactions between the business and their target audience. Ultimately this contributes to offering over 50 world-class events for free to the Launceston community.

Junction Arts Festival and Festival Partner Optomeyes were also recognised with Good Practice in Partnering.

“To be among esteemed colleagues and win these awards in only our second year of the Festival is a great honour. These awards recognise our creative approach to collaborating with local businesses, organisations and groups to build expanded opportunities for business arts partnerships that ultimately benefit the Launceston community,” said Natalie De Vito, Festival Director.

The AbaF Awards celebrate and honour best practices between arts and business partnerships that excel in innovation, creativity and community engagement.

As a national finalist, Junction Arts Festival represents Tasmania in the prestigious annual National AbaF Awards Ceremony held this year on 23 October in Melbourne, where Australia’s best arts and business partnerships are announced.