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Australia Council for the Arts Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski has congratulated Patch Theatre Artistic Director Dave Brown on winning one of the most prestigious honours for youth arts – the Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award was presented to Mr Brown on Sunday at the renowned International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase in Philadelphia.

“We are absolutely delighted that Dave Brown has received this year’s Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award ,” Mr Grybowski said.

“This is a very prestigious award, given to a person who has made a significant impact on the field of the performing arts for young audiences, and it is the first time an Australian has received this honour.

“The Australia Council supports a number of youth arts organisations and we are proud to support Patch Theatre, based in Adelaide.

“Mr Brown has been at the helm of excellent productions for children during his time as Artistic Director, and earned the admiration of his peers both in Australia and internationally.

“On behalf of the Australia Council I congratulate Dave Brown for being recognised by the International Performing Arts for Youth as one of Australia’s international trailblazers and leaders.”

The Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award is named after the former Curator of Performing Arts for Children at the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

It is given annually and past recipients include Mary Rose Lloyd, Saskia Janse, Onny Huisink and Jim Morrow.



Brianna Roberts


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