The Australia Council for the Arts today expressed its sadness at the passing of community arts representative Jan Wawrzynczak.
Jan was recently appointed as a member of the Australia Council’s community partnerships committee and a member of the Kultour touring network. He was coordinator of the Belconnen Community Arts Centre and had served on the Arts ACT Arts Funding Advisory Committee.
Jan previously held many positions in ACT and national community arts and culture companies. He was general manager of Canberra Youth Theatre, chair of the Multicultural Arts Alliance, multicultural arts officer in Western Sydney and then in the ACT. Jan has also worked with IHOS Opera and other theatre companies as a stage manager, lighting designer and operator.
Jan’s commitment to promoting cultural diversity, and making the arts and culture central to Australia’s everyday life, will be sadly missed by all those who had the privilege to know him. His legacy will live on wherever communities across Australia are involved in defining their own cultural development.
The Australia Council joins with the rest of the arts community in mourning his loss.