Shontae Wright joins kuril dhagun part time as a Project Officer and will be working with us on some big projects in 2019. Come in and say hi to Shontae on your next visit to State Library of Queensland.
Tell us about yourself?
Hi, I’m Shontae. I am from the Butchulla mob in Fraser Islander (K’gari). I was born in Sydney but grew up in Cairns, Brisbane and Canberra. I graduated from Grade 12 in 2015 and went into full time work straight away at the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. I then went on to study at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and achieved a Diploma in Acting. I also work with Digi Youth Arts on our current project ‘where we stand’.
What work did you do previously?
Before this I was at the Department of Natural Resources Mines and Energy (DNRME) in the Land and Native Title service area but more specifically I was a Project Support Officer in the Native Title Unit.
What will you be doing at SLQ?
I will be working in the kuril dhagun unit as a Project Officer. I will be assisting with upcoming events that KD develop or have a part in. I will also have administrative duties such as helping out Front of House, venue hire and anything I can do to help out the team. I am so excited to be a part of this team and the work that I will get to be doing.
What do you do in your spare time?
I am definitely a bit of an introvert so when I have some spare time I love to be at home (with my cat, Gizmo) watching Netflix or a movie or also reading a book (I am currently reading Dark Emu). But I also love hanging out with my friends and family, like going to breakfast or going on spontaneous car trips (preferably to the beach).
What inspires you?
My culture inspires me. The strength and reliance that is shown throughout the Aboriginal community and my family is something that I cherish. I am also inspired by movies and books, characters that I can relate to or their journey is why I love being a part of the Creative Industries. I inspire to learn as much as I can about everything I can, knowledge is wealth and I personally think it is also a key to having an understanding of the world around us.
What do you hope to get out of your time at SLQ?
I hope to experience some amazing events and try my best to help make it amazing. I also hope to learn more about my culture, the library is full of information at my fingertips so I will definitely be taking advantage of that. I am just really excited to be in this new environment and to be learning so many new and wonderful things.