We go backstage at the West Australian Ballet to speak to Philanthropy Director, Catherine Henwood, and winner of the Creative Partnerships Australia Emerging Philanthropist Award, Alexandra Burt.[caption id="attachment_377846" align="aligncenter" width="1240"] West Australian Ballet dancers in the Kingdom of the Shades, as a part of La Bayadère. Photo by Sergey Pevnev[/caption]
Like most performing arts organisations, West Australian Ballet couldn’t escape the effects of the pandemic last year. They were forced to cancel two seasons of performances, sent their dancers home, and embraced online classes. But the oldest ballet company in Australia had a crucial weapon in their arsenal to help them make it through to the other side: the support of
their Patron of Private Giving, Alexandra Burt.
Last year, Alex received Creative Partnerships Australia’s Emerging Philanthropist Award. The honour recognised her passion and support of the arts; not only her financial commitment, but her dedication to building awareness and momentum in philanthropy.
According to West Australian Ballet Philanthropy Director, Catherine Henwood, the role of Patron of Private Giving is to lead and champion philanthropy for the company, and no one embodies this more than Alexandra.
“Philanthropy can be a somewhat difficult…