Welcome to the Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place Inc. It trades as the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place Inc. (ACCKP). It is a community-based centre where you can experience the diversity of Australian Indigenous arts and culture.
When you walk into our Centre, you will be greeted by one of our kind and friendly staff members, ready to answer questions and assist you in your quest to learn about Aboriginal culture.
We have many sections at the Centre such as a gallery, a musical section, an interactive corner for children, a local heroes display, an historical room, a research room, a lifestyles hallway, a bush tucker walk, a movie area and an archaeological section.
We opened a café called The Echidna on 6th July 2010. It offers a range of morning tea and lunch options, all with bush tucker spices. Vegetarians are also catered for with a variety of Australian native flavours.
We offer high quality cultural tours and run a wide range of Aboriginal cultural activities in our workshops. Traditional Aboriginal paintings are for sale all year round at the Centre and we hire out part or whole of the Centre for private functions and conferences and cater for these functions. There is also a well-stocked gift shop at the Centre with Aboriginal artefacts and gifts which can be customized.
As a registered organization, we have a Board of Custodians which is elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting. The Board, headed by a chair meets once a month. General policy decisions are the responsibility of the Board, along with the creation of a strategic plan for the Centre, and the establishment of methods of implementing the plan and evaluating this implementation.
The Board of Custodians is responsible for appointing a director to conduct the day-to-day management of the association and for managing all staff and volunteers in accordance with the Constitution. As the Director, I represent the Centre on various committees.
We are also in partnership with organisations and schools in Armidale and organise inter-agency activities in the areas of arts and culture.
Financial resources are obtained via grants, sponsors, café sales, sale of artworks from exhibitions, shop sales, hiring of rooms, catering for functions and cultural workshops held at the Centre.
I look forward to welcoming you here at the Centre to have a full Aboriginal cultural experience.