“Innovation and creativity” are the key to a thriving arts community according to Lake Macquarie’s new arts leaders.

This year, Lake Macquarie Council welcomed two new leaders to assist in new and ongoing arts projects in the region.

Martina Mrongovius, an internationally recognised arts professional was assigned the newly created role of Arts Producer – Lake Arts Precinct.

Having worked as a Creative Director throughout Europe and in New York, Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley says she is a perfect addition to the arts and wider community.

Ms Mrongovius will be responsible for Lake Macquarie’s arts activities and venues, including the Museum of Art and Culture (MAC) at Booragul.

She has an interest in both nature and technology and has focused on light art, emergent media and projects on waterways for much of her career.

“This new role is an opportunity to bring these passions together and support innovative arts that consider both nature and technology” Ms Mrongovius explains.

A former Melbourne-based professional, Pippa Budge will also join the crew as Curator of the Multi Arts Pavilion which is due to open later this year at Speers Point Park.

“I see MAP as an amazing opportunity for international, national and local artists to develop their work, network and reach,” Budge said.

She has a particular interest in working with local Indigenous artists and providing a place for them to share their knowledge and stories.

In order to build a successful arts community, it’s important to have driven leaders and community support.

Ms Hemsley says she is excited to have new leaders on board. She believes “new, fresh ideas, change and inclusion are major drivers for a successful creative City, and Lake Macquarie is no different.”