National discussion on first nations’ arts futures

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts to realise a culturally ambitious nation.

Australia Council Executive Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Lydia Miller is inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and cultural leaders to attend one of the sessions to contribute to the national discussion.

“The Australia Council is seeking to reflect a culturally ambitious nation, as outlined in our Strategic Plan,” Ms Miller said.

“One of the goals is that Australians cherish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures and we want input from Indigenous artists and cultural leaders to help shape and realise that goal.

“We want to start a conversation about Indigenous cultures, arts and artists and what is important to these communities.

“These conversations are important to the work of the Australia Council and to the arts sector more broadly to ensure Indigenous arts and cultures receive the support and recognition they deserve.

“These sessions are the second round of discussions we’ve had with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and cultural leaders this year and we want to reach as many people as possible.

“Participants are welcome to extend an invitation to their colleagues who may be interested in contributing to the consultation process.” 

The discussion sessions begin in Broken Hill on Tuesday, 12 May.

They will continue through May and June in Dubbo, Cairns, Lismore, Grafton, Armidale, Townsville, Mount Isa, Mackay, Shepparton, Ceduna, Whyalla, Kalgoorlie, Albany, Geraldton, Kununurra and Katherine.

For dates and times and to RSVP, go to http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/keepingculturestrong/ 

People unable to attend a session can provide feedback to makingsolidground@australiacouncil.gov.au

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