Mimili Community is located within the beautiful Everard Ranges in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, north-west of South Australia, 488 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs.
Mimili is home to 350 people who speak a mix of Yankunytjatjara, Pitjantjatjara, Ngaanyatjarra and Luritja who have been living on the lands for millennia in harmony with nature and as custodians of the land and the Tjukurpa (Law and Creation stories).Mimili was established in the early 1970’s on land previous occupied by Everard Park Station, a cattle station where many of the older member of the community were employed undertaking mustering, droving and breaking in horsed for station works and racing.
It was returned to Aboriginal ownership through the 1981 AP Lands Act.
In 1975 Mimili Community was incorporated as an Aboriginal Community.
Established in 2004, Mimili Maku Arts was officially incorporated in 2010 and has become a model of governance and example of successful indigenous leadership.
Mimili Maku Arts is enjoying rising success, providing sustainable independent income and a source of pride in the community.
The art centre still occupies an old stone house which some of the artists lived as children but fund raising for a new building is in the final stages..