Saturday, November 12, 2016

Regional Arts Policy Priorities

It's a big deal.

In 2013, Country Arts WA conducted the Vote Arts campaign which called for tangible and public commitment to regional arts and resulted in the injection of $24 million funding into regional arts and culture through the Royalties for Regions Creative Regions Funding.

In addition to seeking a recommitment of this funding, Country Arts WA staff and its Board took to the steps of Parliament on Wednesday 19 October to launch the
Regional Arts Policy Framework. This policy was based on the direct feedback and opinions of regional Western Australians from the Regional Arts Policy Priority Survey which identified the key areas of priority for regional communities.

You can view the results from the Regional Arts Policy Priorities Platform Paper within the following link.

CAWA November E News

Please take the time to approach your local Member of Parliament - and those candidates who may be running against them - to talk about how you value the role arts and culture plays in your own community. And how important it is that all political parties need to recommit to the current levels of funding (Priority One) and consider the badly needed increase (Priority Two) we have outlined. Bale them up in the shopping centre, at the sports match where their kids are playing with yours or over a flat white at the local coffee shop. The more people who raise the need for Regional Arts funding on a one-to-one basis, the better chance of success. There is nothing like a groundswell of support to sharpen the mind and focus of a politician.

During January Country Arts WA will again be launching their Vote Arts campaign to provide a simple means of writing letters to local members - but this final step of raising their awareness works better if they've already had local conversations.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

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