Community Arts and Cultural Development

Community arts and cultural development encompasses collaborations between professional artists and communities based on a community’s desire to achieve artistic and social outcomes.

The Australia Council supports community arts and cultural development artists, practitioners, organisations, projects and programs through a range of grants and initiatives. 

Our support is focused on priority areas including regional Australia, disability, young people, cultural diversity, emerging communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and remote communities, as well as specific critical social and cultural issues requiring focused attention. 

Community arts and cultural development is distinct from other arts practice as it is the creative processes and relationships developed with community to make the art that defines it, not the art form or genre.

Community arts and cultural development encompasses collaborations between professional artists and communities based on a community’s desire to achieve artistic and social outcomes.

Ros Bower Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development) – Steve Mayer-Miller and Kirk Robson Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development) - Ali Kadhim


What does winning the award mean to you?
I was really moved. In community arts and cultural development you spend a lot of energy behind the scenes developing the capacity of others to step into the spotlight. So this kind of national recognition particularly from my peers put a big smile on my face. I am deeply honoured . The award also made me reflect on all of those wonderful people from so many different communities particularly on the margins who have supported me for over 35 years. I think it will also put a smile on their face. And finally to the many young people who I have mentored over the years, I hope this award will inspire them to continue in their practice of community arts and cultural development.

Click here to read Steve Mayer-Miller's Q&A

What does winning the award mean to you?
I was very surprised to receive it, it's a blessing and I'm grateful, especially to the beautiful people who nominated me. There are so many people doing amazing work in the community, we don't do it for recognition, but of course recognition like this is such an honour. With or without this award I'd still be doing the same things.

Click here to read Ali Kadhim's Q&A

Ros Bower Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development) – Steve Mayer-Miller and Kirk Robson Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development) - Ali Kadhim
Ros Bower Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development) – Steve Mayer-Miller and Kirk Robson Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development) - Ali Kadhim

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