2020 - Advocate for the Visual and Performing Arts in Canberra and Australia
Helen Musa is a forthright and passionate advocate for the visual and performing arts in Canberra, and Australia. She is one of Australia's most respected and informed arts journalists.
Helen studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and started working in theatre arts and lecturing in drama.
She was appointed Editor of Muse in 1990 where, under her editorship, Muse became Canberra's prime monthly journal publishing quality articles and arts reviews about and for the ACT community. In 1996 she was appointed Arts Editor of the Canberra Times. In this position her inﬂuence in the arts reached far beyond Canberra, and she took full advantage of the opportunity to broaden national and international coverage and proﬁle of the arts in the ACT. In 2007, Helen accepted an oﬀer to become the City News Arts Editor.
In 1990 Musa convened the Canberra Critics Circle (CCC) now the longest established critics group in Australia and maintains a very active involvement in the circle.
Helen’s role as an arts editor and the establishment of the CCC have been crucial to the cooperative nature of the arts culture, which is particular to Canberra.