“As with most arts offerings in 2020, Mapping Melbourne has had to reimagine itself in the context of COVID-19, adapting to new and ever changing conditions for public events.
This year, the challenges presented have enabled MAV to find the essence that makes our programs so valued by communities. Investing in artists and artistic practices that speak to the importance of our identity as a society that deeply values its diversity has been the driving force behind Mapping Melbourne this year. Even as the spectre of racism has raised its head in the context of the pandemic, it has been drowned out by citizens whose attitudes and beliefs have been, in significant ways, shaped by diverse artists and creatives.
We are delighted to celebrate the eighth and final year of Mapping Melbourne with some of the most talented Asian Australian artists in our community. Mapping Melbourne has been instrumental in platforming, profiling and growing opportunities for artists to create and present new work, through local and international collaborations that put the spotlight on our geographical, social and cultural landscape. This year is no different.
We sincerely thank all the participating artists for the energy, perseverance and vision they have shown in extraordinary circumstances. We hope that our program reflects the strength and resilience of diverse communities, the value of investing in culture to connect and heal, and the importance of family and community to get us through difficult times.
We thank our supporters and funders for their unwavering commitment to diverse artists and communities and of course, to the Mapping Melbourne team, who have risen to the challenge one last time, placing Melbourne on the map as an extraordinary multicultural city.”
– Veronica Pardo, MAV CEO