Arts citizen participation



Report

Domestic arts tourism: connecting the country

Domestic arts tourism supports local jobs and economies, while enriching and connecting Australians through creative experiences This report draws on Tourism Research Australia data and other resources to provide insights into the behaviour of people travelling within Australia.
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Telling the story of arts and health in South Australia

This report details the history of arts and health in South Australia, exploring how local work came to national prominence and inspired the National Arts and Health Framework.
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Re-imagining care through arts-based methods

This resource is a creative summary of the workshop Re-imagining Care Through Arts-Based Methods, which was held as part of the 2022 ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) symposium on 22 July 2022.
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Lifelong: perceptions of arts and culture among Baby Boomer middle Australians

This report brings together published and unpublished data on the attitudes and beliefs towards arts and culture held by ‘Baby Boomer middle Australians’. In presenting the findings of a third national focus group study on middle Australia, the aim is to ensure that Australia’s policy...
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Gender equality through the arts: program evaluation

Art has the power to illuminate inequities, generate discussion, give voice to and empower women, and motivate community action. Throughout this project, the potential for local government to promote gender equality through arts-based initiatives was evident.
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Gender equality through the arts: executive summary and case studies

VicHealth aims to use the power of art to raise awareness and promote gender equality, and to celebrate women. It also wants to build capacity by bringing artists and local councils together. The program has demonstrated the effectiveness of a partnership model for promoting gender...
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The culture fix: creative people, places and industries

As national and local governments reconsider growth models in the wake of COVID-19, cultural and creative sectors can be a tool for a resilient recovery. This report outlines international trends with new data, including at subnational scale. It addresses issues in cultural and creative sectors...
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COVID-19 vaccination rates and Victoria’s arts sector

This research paper provides a snapshot of the state of Victoria’s arts and entertainment sector between October 2021 and mid-January 2022, as restrictions eased in line with vaccination rates rising. It also explores how state and local governments in Victoria implemented policy and allocated finances...
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The big picture 2

This report provides an updated overview of cultural expenditure trends in Australia between the 2007–08 and 2019–20 periods, drawing on a new release of Australia’s most comprehensive dataset on cultural funding by governments.
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Sculpting a national cultural plan

This inquiry report asserts that a healthy, sustainable arts industry will allow Australia’s creative and cultural industries and institutions to emerge from the COVID-19 public health emergency and allow Australia’s arts to reach new heights.
Strategy

International engagement strategy 2021-2025

This strategy document has been informed by national and international sector consultation, and an evaluation of the activity delivered under the Australia Council’s International Arts Strategy 2015-2020.
Position paper

Working safely and inclusively through COVID-19 and beyond

This document outlines a set of clear principles to aid and support the Australian arts and cultural sector to make decisions inclusively, and to go beyond compliance and celebrate diversity.
Strategy

Digital culture strategy 2021-24

This strategy document sets out the Australia Council for the Arts' vision for a digitally-enabled and thriving arts and cultural industry. It provides an overarching framework to guide their approach and priorities for digital development.
Discussion paper

Performing arts advocacy in Australia

This discussion paper outlines long-term trends in performing arts attendance and finances, as well as providing analysis of the impact of COVID-19. The paper also suggests how advocacy for the performing arts could be improved.
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Creating our future: results of the National Arts Participation survey

This research from the Australia Council shows growing numbers of Australians agree arts and creativity build social cohesion and support health, education and the future economy – critical areas as our nation recovers from the impact of COVID-19.
Journal article

Community participation as identity and belonging: a case study of Arts Project Australia. “I am an artist”

This study aimed to describe the program logic and outcomes of a program that aimed to support community participation through increasing participants’ sense of identity and belonging to the Arts community.
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A view from middle Australia: perceptions of arts, culture and creativity

Drawing on conversations with eight focus groups in February 2020, with middle-aged, middle income swing voters from suburban and regional Australia, this research finds that middle Australians have clear views about the value and opportunities that arts and culture create for them, for their families...
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Transformative: impacts of culture and creativity

When people engage in cultural or creative activities, they generally have better educational outcomes, are less lonely and enjoy a happier and healthier life in old age. This report provides a snapshot of current research and findings about the positive impacts of artistic, creative and...
Discussion paper

Whitlam, the arts and democracy

This paper examines the impact of Whitlam Government era (1973-75) arts and culture policies on Australian culture, institutions and identity.
Transcript

Creativity in an age of constraint

The John Bonython Lecture is the annual gala event for the Centre for Independent Studies. Award winning American author and opinion writer, Lionel Shriver, delivered this year’s lecture. She eviscerated the modern-day obsession with identity politics, political correctness and the hypersensitivities of the #MeToo movement...
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The big picture: public expenditure on artistic, cultural and creative activity in Australia

Establishing a baseline understanding of the quantum and trends in expenditure on culture by all levels of government over the last decade, this report presents findings and opportunities based on meaningful comparisons between different years, levels of government and areas of expenditure.
Strategy

Creativity connects us: corporate plan 2019–2023

The Australia Council for the Arts' five-year strategy advocates for a creatively connected Australia where creative enterprise is entrenched across society, industry and government as the fuel that ignites our social, cultural and economic success. 
Guide

Collaborating with regional communities: guidelines and tools for regional arts and cultural engagement

These guidelines and tools are to assist those working in regional communities achieve a more rewarding level of involvement in cultural activities. They show how to strengthen decisions, build productive partnerships and develop positive outcomes for both local hosts and visitors to rural, regional and...
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Understanding the value of creative spaces

This report presents key findings from a survey of creative spaces throughout New Zealand, intended to provide decision-makers and agencies with information about the sector to better understand how it operates, the services it provides and to whom.
Policy

Creative New Zealand: statement of intent 2019 - 2029

Creative New Zealand’s Statement of Intent sets out a ten-year strategic direction to create value for New Zealanders through support for the arts, ways to increase that value and to ensure all New Zealanders – regardless of where they live and who they are –...