At Burrinja, our mission is to foster the Arts in its many forms through our multi-element vision: Arts, Performance, Education and Community.
Burrinja is a vibrant community cultural centre that encompasses arts activities and events, Indigenous gallery, collection and cultural education, contemporary arts gallery, performing arts, artist studios, live music, workshops and café.
Burrinja is the operational name for the Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre Inc. The cultural centre is a not-for-profit arts organisation, incorporated in 1999. Burrinja is governed by an independent Committee of Management, that includes Yarra Ranges Council representation.
“Building Community through Arts”
For Burrinja to be a vibrant community cultural centre offering a total Dandenong Ranges arts, cultural and environmental experience providing for a diverse range of local needs.
- To promote, develop and present Arts and Culture in the Region
- To support and develop the cultural identity of the Dandenong Ranges
- To promote community ownership & identify community needs
- To deliver services in a manner that both recognises and is sensitive to indigenous peoples, cultures and issues • Implement consultative and cooperative work practices
- Encourage sustainable community, environmental and business practices
Burrinja’s function and purpose are built on a multi-element vision summarised by its 4 key areas of activity: Arts, Performance, Education & Community. The centre encompasses arts activities and events, indigenous gallery, collection and cultural education, contemporary arts gallery, performing arts, arts incubator studios, live music, community cultural development including youth arts and seniors programs, workshops, café and tourism.
The Burrinja 2013-2017 Strategic Plan can be viewed here
All that we do is driven and guided by our vision: ‘Building Community through Arts’. This vision is taken in the most inclusive meanings of ‘all community/ies’ and ‘all culture/s’. Encouraging the widest access for audiences of all socio-economic, geographic and ability backgrounds will be foremost in our planning of the wide diversity of events and activities across our four key areas of community engagement: Arts, Performance, Education and Community.
Burrinja will identify those areas of the community who do not traditionally engage with arts activities and actively seek strategies and programs to engage them. It will establish dialogue and partnerships across a wide range of cross-sector organisations; from indigenous to arts, from health to education. Burrinja’s programs will be predicated wherever possible on active community participation as opposed to the role of passive audience.
Burrinja Awarded Best Small Museum – Victoria 2010 & 2013
Burrinja Cultural Centre is delighted to have been awarded The Archival Survival Award for Small Museums 2013 by Museums Australia (Victoria), for its Exemplary Public Programs as part of Fashion Meets Fiction.
Burrinja has received the award for the second time in three years. ‘The continual recognition from the peak Museums body in Victoria gives us great momentum going into our future programming' Ross Farnell (Executive Officer, Burrinja)
Ross Farnell said everyone at Burrinja was totally ‘over the moon’ about the award: “for an independent cultural organisation to win best small museum in Victoria is no small feat. It is a fabulous peer acknowledgement of the hard work and effort that goes into producing a prodigious output of programs, projects, exhibitions and performances from a very small team with limited resources.”
Museums Australia (Victoria) noted: Burrinja, a public gallery and community Arts Centre in the Dandenong Ranges has demonstrated commitment to excellence and best practice involving people and communities across all areas of public programming. Encouraging the widest access for audiences from all socio-economic, geographic and ability backgrounds is foremost in the planning of a wide diversity of events and activities across key areas of community engagement; arts, performance, education and community.
Burrinja Gains Museums Australia (Victoria) Accreditation
Burrinja Cultural Centre is proud to announce it has been granted Accreditation by Museums Australia (Victoria). Burrinja has worked hard to meet set criteria from the National Standards of best museum practice. To become accredited, museums spend 2–3 years developing procedures, policies and practice to meet recognised museum standards. Burrinja staff and board are delighted to be recognised for their diligent work in developing and maintaining these procedures.
A professional panel of museum experts made a final assessment and compiled a positive report on museum operations.
“We are delighted to recognise the hard work and commitment shown by the team at the Burrinja Cultural Centre. Caring for our shared heritage is an important task and by becoming Accredited Burrinja has proven to be a leading museum in Victoria”. Elizabeth Marsden, Manager, Museum Accreditation Program, Museums Australia (Victoria).
“We are incredibly proud to receive the Museums Australia Accreditation; it supports our hard work and gives us confidence as we move forward into the future….”
“JD Mittman, the Burrinja Team and the local community have lots to be proud of through this important recognition” Ross Farnell, Executive Officer, Burrinja