NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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Amanda McDonald Crowley
Course leader Cultural Leadership Amanda McDonald Crowley

Amanda McDonald Crowley is known as a cultural worker whose work on exhibitions, public art programs, residencies, and other opportunities brings artists together with their audiences to actively engage in issues and concerns of our times. She is noted for her ground-breaking work at the intersection of art and technology, as well as art and food, and has extensive experience working with practitioners (professionals and amateurs) from varied disciplines to create space for social change and audience engagement.

In recent years, she has worked each summer with Mary Mattingly and colleagues on Swale, a floating food forest in NYC, as well as on land-based initiatives in Concrete Plant Park on the Bronx River and on Governors Island, NYC. She has also been involved in a range of other initiatives (#arttechfood/ #growfoodmakeart), including Agrikultura, a major public art event in Malmö, Sweden in 2017. She has worked with organisations such as the Kulturföreningen Triennal (southern Sweden); New Media Scotland and the Edinburgh Science Festival (Edinburgh); Pixelache and the Finnish Bioart Society (Helsinki); Gallery CalIT2 at the University of California (San Diego, USA); Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, USA); and in New York City: with PointB, Cluster Gallery (Brooklyn), Radiator Arts (Queens), Longwood Gallery, YMPJ (Bronx), Austrian Cultural Forum, and Spring Break Art Show (Manhattan).

Amanda has held executive leadership positions with Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York, the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), and the Australia Council for the Arts. She has also worked on several international art festivals – for which she curated and produced programs encompassing artist in residence programs, symposia, and exhibitions – including ISEA2004 (International Symposium of Electronic Art) in Helsinki, Finland; Adelaide Festival 2002; and the Australian Video Festival.