[by Pip Miller]
UMI Arts’ Business Manager receivers Order of Australia
UMI Arts’ Executive Officer Peter Lenoy has commended colleague, Lisa Michl (pictured) who recently was honoured with an Order of Australia.
“We cannot think of any person more deserving of such an honour than Lisa,” Mr Lenoy said.
According to Mr Lenoy he has worked with Ms Michl for the past two years in her role as finance manager for UMI Arts.
“In my role as Executive Officer I often seek advice from Lisa on many different art related issues. She is a fountain of knowledge in the arts industry. She has such a caring and sharing disposition which aligns with strong cultural values.
“I believe the contribution Lisa makes to her community is unsurpassed. Lisa is, and always will be, a great contributor to the region’s art sector and as an Indigenous artist she is held in very high regard by her peers,” he said.
Ms Michl began her journey with UMI Arts as the inaugural Chairperson back in 2005 – a voluntary position she held for seven years and fulfilled while nurturing and caring for two young children.
“During this time, Lisa worked fulltime at Cairns Regional Council’s Tanks Arts Centre - all the while advocating for UMI Arts, other artists and the Indigenous art community at large.
“It was Lisa’s work in this space and in particularly, lobbying state and federal government representatives, that eventually led to UMI Arts becoming fully funded.
“Today UMI Arts is the peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural organisation for Far North Queensland and for that we must commend Lisa.”
Lisa Michl is an acclaimed and talented artist who has pursued her passion and craft throughout the years. Under the banner of her business, Cape York Art, Ms Michl’s artworks have been featured in and purchased from, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and several exhibitions.
A Kokoberin woman from Kowanyama Western Cape York Peninsular, Ms Michl has actively supported the Kowanyama collection which is a repository of the history, language and culture of all clan groups in the region. Added to this, she has generously shared her experiences with emerging artists while helping to promote and market their works.
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