Following a massive recruitment drive to find the best arts communicators in the region, Arts North West have announced the 12 successful inaugural creative champions who will spearhead its outreach program - including local resident Ruth Sim Brummell.
These champions will seek out artists in all disciplines, artsworkers, and creative venues within the local government areas where they live executive director Caroline Downer explained.
"Once in place, they will assist creatives to deliver their information to the Arts North West Connect regional registry of creative people, industries and venues in the New England North West," she said.
"These positions will be vital in establishing links between the creative population of our region and council visitor information centres, giving our local artists and arts-related industries acknowledgment, recognition and employment opportunities, growing sustainability for the Arts within our communities."
Ms Downer thanked the large number of applicants who put themselves forward for the positions.
"The Arts North West creative champions will allow us to build stronger and wider networks throughout the New England North West region," she said.
"This is something we are constantly working on, but with such a large geographical area and 12 contributing councils, it is not always easy to do with a small staff.
"The Arts North West Connect website will be the most current and comprehensive database of all things creative in the New England North West."
Ruth Sim Brummell will make the essential connections that drive a healthy and visible creative arts industry for the Glen Innes region.
Having lived in the Glen Innes community for the majority of her life, Ms Sim Brummell takes great pride in her various voluntary roles within the community.
"Through these voluntary roles I am constantly striving to organise opportunities to showcase the vibrant arts and cultural scene of Glen Innes," Ms Sim Brummell said.
These opportunities include the highly successful Fling Street Pop Up Shop, giving Glen Innes creatives and artisans a commercial space to sell and promote their work, and organising collaborative community exhibitions at the Glen Innes Art Gallery.
"I also organised community engagement events at the highly successful Chill n Glen festivals and most recently, organised the Land Of the Beardies History House 'Night at the Trocadero' ball," Ms Sim Brummell said.
"Becoming a Creative Champion will consolidate the work that I have already undertaken for the past five years in a voluntary capacity.
"I have a strong interest in the arts and have been dedicated to arts development for some years, using a 'grass roots' approach.
"I am passionate about promoting our region's amazing artists and helping facilitate a more lucrative and prominent presence for them in our area."