UMI is a Creole word that means ‘You and Me’. This is significant as we believe that we need to work together to keep our culture strong.
UMI Arts is the incubator for First Nations arts and cultural organisation for Far North Queensland, an area that extends north of Cairns (Gimuy Burra) to include the Torres Strait Islands, south to Cardwell, west to Camooweal and includes the Gulf and Mt Isa regions.
Operating since 2005, UMI Arts is a not-for-profit organisation governed and managed by an all-First Nations Board. UMI Arts mission is to operate a cultural organisation that assists First Nations people to participate in the maintenance, preservation and protection of culture.
UMI Arts provides opportunities for over 1000 First Nations members to participate in an ever-changing, evolving, exciting and unique visual art, craft, dance, music programs and activities. Members who participate in UMI Arts programs leave with new skills, knowledge, and strengthened confidence with many going on to maintain a sustainable cultural business or gain meaningful employment in the creative industries sector.
We create real pathways for success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, cultural practitioners and performers in Far North Queensland.
We assist communities to preserve, strengthen, maintain and celebrate all aspects of Indigenous arts and culture throughout Far North Queensland.
We connect organisations with authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts organisations throughout Far North Queensland to build partnerships, opportunity and collaboration.