Artscape CEO awarded

2019-07-02 06:01
Artscape Theatre Centre's CEO Marlene le Roux received the Fair Saturday Foundation Award for her contribution to the arts in Spain, on Monday 24 June.

Artscape Theatre Centre's CEO Marlene le Roux received the Fair Saturday Foundation Award for her contribution to the arts in Spain, on Monday 24 June.

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Artscape Theatre Centre’s chief executive officer Marlene le Roux was honoured with an award for her contribution to the arts industry in Spain last week.

Le Roux scooped The Fair Saturday Award during a ceremony held in Bilbao on Monday 24 June.

Fair Saturday Awards Ceremony is a global movement to improve the world on social inclusion through arts and culture.

Le Roux is the first South African and person with a disability to receive the award.

She said receiving the award was humbling and inspired her to do more.

“Our journey for inclusivity only starts now. Artists and cultural workers need more recognition and economic funding to be full citizens,” Le Roux said, adding people with disabilities need meaningful jobs and to be fully recognised as citizens to be integrated into communities.

She said that she plans to use the award to lobby government and workplaces to employ people with disabilities, using herself as an example.

She said that Artscape is one of the few government institutions that do employ people with disabilities and it was renovated to make it a fully inclusive accessible building.

“I want to duplicate this as a case study to implement the constitution and Bill of Rights and to implement the principles of human rights to all gay, disability, religion, cultural and gender equality rights.”

Le Roux spoke of the journey to restore humanity and hope of all people through the arts after apartheid. “However, it is not cheap or sentimental. It is also a quest for justice – a journey towards an economically inclusive and socially just to society.”

During her trip, she gave a lecture under the title “Is it possible to move from dehumanisation to hope through the arts in a post-apartheid society?”

Her son, Adam George, formed part of her lecture about building inclusive societies.

In a statement from Artscape, it was mentioned that Fair Saturday awards committee said Artscape was chosen for its “commitment to promoting essential values through its wide range of diverse and accessible programmes”.

Artscape’s council chairperson Princess Celenhle Dlamini said everyone at Artscape was proud of Le Roux, who has championed the cause of ensuring the theatre was accessible to the diverse audience.

Artscape Theatre Centre’s chief executive officer Marlene le Roux was honoured with an award for her contribution to the arts industry in Spain last week.

Le Roux scooped The Fair Saturday Award during a ceremony held in Bilbao on Monday 24 June.

Fair Saturday Awards Ceremony is a global movement to improve the world on social inclusion through arts and culture.

Le Roux is the first South African and person with a disability to receive the award.

She said receiving the award was humbling and inspired her to do more.

“Our journey for inclusivity only starts now. Artists and cultural workers need more recognition and economic funding to be full citizens,” Le Roux said, adding people with disabilities need meaningful jobs and to be fully recognised as citizens to be integrated into communities.

She said that she plans to use the award to lobby government and workplaces to employ people with disabilities, using herself as an example.

She said that Artscape is one of the few government institutions that do employ people with disabilities and it was renovated to make it a fully inclusive accessible building.

“I want to duplicate this as a case study to implement the constitution and Bill of Rights and to implement the principles of human rights to all gay, disability, religion, cultural and gender equality rights.”

Le Roux spoke of the journey to restore humanity and hope of all people through the arts after apartheid. “However, it is not cheap or sentimental. It is also a quest for justice – a journey towards an economically inclusive and socially just to society.”

During her trip, she gave a lecture under the title “Is it possible to move from dehumanisation to hope through the arts in a post-apartheid society?”

Her son, Adam George, formed part of her lecture about building inclusive societies.

In a statement from Artscape, it was mentioned that Fair Saturday awards committee said Artscape was chosen for its “commitment to promoting essential values through its wide range of diverse and accessible programmes”.

Artscape’s council chairperson Princess Celenhle Dlamini said everyone at Artscape was proud of Le Roux, who has championed the cause of ensuring the theatre was accessible to the diverse audience.

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