In December, seven Scenic Rim residents were announced as the 2017 Cultural Champions of the district.
The champions are Kerry Scarth, Leeton Lee, Graeme Crouch, Joy Drescher, Janis Bailey, Muriel Shepherd and Janene Gardner.
Kerry Scarth, from the arts department Beaudesert State High, encouraged the Bangarra Rekindling program, school musical, leadership day, Queensland Symphony Orchestra engagement as part of On the Main Stage Program.
Leeton Lee is an Indigenous artist whose life journey includes revitalising his culture in learning the old ways of making tools,weapons,instruments, bush medicine, foods, tracking, using natural materials, baskets, fish traps and shelters.
Graeme Crouch spent 42 years working in the arts in Queensland, working with state arts council and venue management and is president of the Boonah Cultural Foundation which hosts the local arts festival.
Joy Drescher is a poet and writer who makes jewellery and is a supporter of the local dance scene and historical society. She is a patron of BAMS, member of BADCAP and has contributed to war stories and our town anthology and to the yet-to-be-published Word on the Street community story project and writer contributed to the Beaudesert Times since 1983.
Janis Bailey, is a retired adjunct professor at Griffith University who has been associated with Tamborine Mountain Little Theatre and founder of Calanthe Collective.
She has written a play, Hearts Ablaze, about Judith Wright, helped raise funds to reprint Raymond Curtis’s books and helped provide poetry for Gallery Walk revitalisation project.
Muriel Shepherd is president of the Tamborine Mountain Historical Society, helps Scenic Rim Heritage Network to found heritage trails and interpretive signs for a gallery walk and has led a tireless band to do great things.
Janene Gardner curated the 2017 sustainability and architecture at The Centre Beaudesert. The project connected her with universities and leading architects, historical societies. The panels will be shown at local libraries and eventually be made into a book.