Behold the 2015 ACT Arts Policy

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JOY Burch has released the 2015 ACT Arts Policy, following extensive consultation with the local arts sector and broader Canberra community.

“artsACT received feedback from over 300 individuals and representative organisations as part of the consultation process and as a result we are confident that the final policy document is a strong reflection of the needs and wants of the ACT arts community,” Joy said.

“The vision for the new policy is to make the arts in Canberra a diverse and dynamic ecology which is valued locally, nationally and globally. It encourages participation and access to the arts and strives to build Canberra’s reputation as a city with great art and great artists.

“In addition, the new policy prioritises the vitality of the Canberra Region arts ecology, and seeks to develop our city’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture so that it is celebrated, represented and embedded in our arts sector. The new ACT Arts Policy will also be underpinned by the strategic plans of artsACT and the Cultural Facilities Corporation, which will set out the measures and actions against which our success can be measured.

“With respect, integrity, collaboration and innovation at its core, the 2015 ACT Arts Policy encourages local artists to use their ideas and creativity to enhance and build on the social fabric of our city.”

Joy also released the Economic Overview of the Arts in the ACT report, which highlights the contribution the arts and cultural sector makes to the ACT economy.

“This report demonstrates that the arts make a direct and significant contribution to the ACT economy, and that Canberrans have an appetite for quality arts and cultural events.

“We are lucky to have a thriving and flourishing arts scene in Canberra, and the 2015 ACT Arts Policy will ensure that our artists and arts organisations are supported so that they are able to keep producing high quality work, which attracts local and interstate visitors, and encourages engagement with the local economy.”

For more information on the 2015 ACT Arts Policy and the Economic Overview of the Arts in the ACT report, visit the artsACT website at

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