partnering stronger communities

arts partnership wins top accolade
A 30-year partnership between Alcoa Point Henry and the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) has been recognised with a prestigious Victorian arts award.

Alcoa and GPAC took out the ‘Bytecraft Entertainment Commitment Award’ at the recent Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Victorian Awards.

The partnership has flourished over the past three decades, representing an outstanding example of arts and business growing together to achieve a shared vision of community access to the arts in Geelong.

The partnership began with the established of the Performing Arts Centre in 1981, supported by Alcoa. 

Today, Alcoa is the main sponsor of GPAC’s annual subscription theatre season - the ‘Alcoa Theatre Season’. Our support enables GPAC to improve accessibility to the arts and ensure unsurpassed quality in terms of programming.

GPAC General Manager, Jill Smith, said the AbaF award recognises a successful and enduring partnership.

“Alcoa’s continued support enables us to provide people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to become involved in the arts,” Ms Smith said.

The partners are currently mid-way through their second three-year agreement for the theatre season.

“Over the past 30 years, Alcoa’s support has expanded from the relative safety of bricks and mortar, to children and education, through to the most innovative and high-risk elements of arts programming.

One thing that hasn’t changed is Alcoa and GPAC’s vision of performing arts playing a vital role in the life of our community,” Ms Smith said.


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Damien Hodgkinson (AbaF), Jill Smith (Geelong Performing Arts Centre) and Brendan Foran (Alcoa). Photo thanks to Warren Fithie