SPEAKER: Vanessa Keenan

Vanessa Keenan

Vanessa brings over 18 years experience to her position as Managing Director of Director of Acorn Creative Group from within the private sector, non- profit, State Government and Local Government as well as successfully running a busy independent consultancy for a number of years.

With significant management experience across a broad range of sectors in the arts and cultural industry and award winning community engagement projects under her belt, Vanessa is uniquely placed to provide expertise in the development of strategic projects. Vanessa’s roles in arts management and her communication background give her an ability to understand the requirements for delivering a successful strategy or master plan. Vanessa has developed numerous award winning stakeholder consultations on topics ranging from playground upgrades to complex flood mitigation projects. Her broad experience in local government from crisis communications to strategic planning places her in an excellent position to understand the dynamic needs of local government and communities, particularly in the provision of arts and cultural services and activities.

Vanessa is a recipient of Regional Arts Australia Fellowship and is the curator of Arbour Festival, a creative recovery project that will be held this summer on the one year anniversary of the Dunn’s Road fire in the Snowy Valleys region.