Executive Officer | Staff - Lena Cirillo
Executive Officer | Art Education Victoria
Visual Arts Specialist | South Melbourne Park Primary School
Lena was the former President of Art Education Victoria and interim Executive Officer from August 2019-March 2020. Lena is an artist and a Visual Arts specialist currently working part-time at South Melbourne Park Primary School. She is a facilitator/mentor and coach delivering leadership, art and education development workshops to the corporate sector, in galleries, schools and with teachers.
Lena has led as the CEO, the culture of focused, productive and creative arts and non-profit organisations over the past twenty years. Her work included strategic initiatives, community development and facilitating creative work for children, young people, people with disability and specific communities such as new immigrants, the Italian community and the LGBTI+ community. Lena has an excellent understanding of how non-profit organisations operate and the complexity of working with diverse stakeholders in various contexts.
Lena’s past roles include being the Executive Director/CEO of Arts Project Australia gallery and studios, Polyglot Theatre, Westside Circus, and the Lygon Street Festa. Lena has worked for organisations in senior arts management roles with the Shire of Yarra Ranges and the Performing Arts Precinct at Monash University. Lena was the Vic/Tas State Manager for Make-A-Wish Australia focusing on fundraising, through major events and cause related marketing via corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Lena has contributed to a number of non-profit organisation boards and committees including being the Chair of the Women’s Gallery (based on a feminist framework) in the 1990’s, a committee member for RMIT Storey Hall Gallery, the Vice-President of Midsumma Festival, the Chair of Melbourne Workers Theatre and a member of the Cultural Arts Advisory Board for the City of Melbourne. Lena is an ardent supporter of the visual arts and making a difference through fostering creativity as a fundamental experience and tool in our everyday lives.
Lena is an alumnus from the 2007 Williamson Leadership Program awarded by Leadership Victoria and in 2018 was employed as their Strategic Projects Manager. Lena has completed a Master of Teaching and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT University as well as a Graduate Diploma of Arts Management at the University of Melbourne/VCA.
Lena is passionate about the visual arts, learner and teacher identities. She is excited about leading the day-to-day operations of ArtEdVic to make a difference to our vibrant, interconnected learning community that supports and enhances creativity and participation in the visual arts.https://au.linkedin.com/in/lena-cirillo-897a7230