Four Memos to Myself: Things I’ve known, wish I’d known, have learned, unlearned or forgotten

Cultural power is most certainly not new to our continent. Culture through its expression and practice has not just been central to all facets of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life; it sits, as it should for all of us, at the threshold to belief and knowledge, even existence itself. Culture animates the past, every present day and the future.

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Valuing the everyday for cultural democracy - how research can support better arts and culture policy

How do national policies support cultural democracy and equity through arts funding and strategic programmes? What does ‘achieving great arts and culture for everyone’ mean if only a small percentage of people engage with the most subsidised of the arts? What kinds of participation happen in the ‘everyday’? How do people value the activities that make up their cultural lives? And what happens when you undertake a large-scale academic research project which aims to radically re-evaluate cultural value for more culturally democratic governance?

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Protecting and enhancing the wellbeing of artists and students

In the past few years, published reports have indicated concerning trends in creative artist mental health. For example, five Australian entertainment industry workers attempt death by suicide every week … Given that not only is the health of our industry at stake, but also the lives of our creative workers, it is vital that the mental health and wellbeing of artists be seriously addressed in policy.

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Arts and culture priorities? Academic leadership in a policy vacuum

A nation’s cultural policy is its most confident document. It empowers artists with the courage to make work that the entire nation welcomes. It outlines all of the means available to government to stimulate this work, without privileging any artforms or platforms that would prescribe the work … More than any other area of policy, it’s a statement of exactly what government is for.

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A national arts and cultural emergency for young Australians

When we look at the Australian cultural landscape not everyone’s story has a place within the cultural conversation. Scott Rankin’s recent Platform Paper Cultural Justice and the Right to Thrive is a powerful and timely tale for this time … Rankin’s text explores a story about art and cultural participation for all Australians … that is not just rooted in economics.

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