This discussion paper asks questions about how people with disability practise as professional artists, express themselves through creative participation, and connect with the arts as audience members, and was used to guide the Australian Government's disability strategy.
Why are we consulting?
The Meeting of Cultural Ministers (MCM) agreed to develop a renewed National Arts and Disability Strategy for 2019. MCM is made up of the Australian Government and state and territory government cultural ministers.
• This discussion paper is about arts and disability in Australia.
• It is the first step in developing a renewed National Arts and Disability Strategy in consultation with arts and disability stakeholders.
MCM released the current National Arts and Disability Strategy in 2009. It is focused on improving access to and participation in the arts by people with disability.
The Strategy has good principles and goals, and we can build on the work that has happened in the last nine years.
The creative and cultural sector has changed a lot since 2009. Artists and screen practitioners with disability and organisations are creating more examples of high quality artistic work and best practice approaches in the creative and cultural sector in Australia and internationally. They also have expertise in ways to increase the visibility, professional development, employment and participation of people with disability in the creative and cultural sector.
Regulatory, legislative and funding changes over the last nine years, such as the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), have also affected the experience of people with disability and organisations in the creative and cultural sector.
It’s time to update the Strategy to reflect all of these changes, so that the Strategy is ready for the third decade of the 21st century.