A small team doing big things.
Alicia has a background that includes broad international experience in the visual arts world. Born in Cuba, Alicia grew up and has lived much of her life in New York City. She became interested in fine art when studying Art History as an undergraduate at Rutgers University.
A few years working as an investment banker sent her back to school for her Masters in 17th Century Spanish Art at Syracuse University. Alicia then went on to fill several creative industry roles: manager of a commercial arts publication, art dealer, and commercial gallery director (Director of Arcadia Gallery of Fine Arts in New York).
Alicia met her Australian husband NYC and the couple eventually decided to move to Australia to raise their family. After 2 years in Sydney the family moved to the Orana region. Now her focus is on regional arts and expansion and advocacy for artists from the Orana region. Her focus is on brokering opportunities through strategic partnerships and projects; enriching and supporting our communities with the development of the arts; and growing audiences for all art forms.
Indigenous Programs Officer
Paris Norton is a Gamilaroi woman who grew up in the regional town of Coonabarabran. She spent her schooling years in Brisbane but returned to her hometown in 2009. For the past few years, she has worked closely with the community as a facilitator for many arts projects driven by community and local government. Paris is a self-taught photographer and a practicing multi-media artist and who values her tradition and brings new dialogues to Indigenous issues through her arts practice and her work.
Portia joined Orana Arts in April 2016. She was program officer at the NSW Writers’ Centre in Sydney, as well as General Manager for Sydney-based publishing and events platform Seizure, before deciding to pursue her interest in regional arts development in the most direct way she could: moving to a regional town and developing and supporting cultural projects there.
Now based in Mudgee, Portia is the Mudgee Readers’ Festival general manager and occasional collaborator with Mudgee Underground. Through this work she is proud to have facilitated a regional-urban cultural exchange: bringing her Seizure collaborators and other creatives to regional arts events and partnering regional artists with them for Sydney-based events.