Earlier this year the City endorsed the draft Cultural Policy and Action Plan to go on public exhibition. This month we are set to approve the policy with minor amendments and additions. The City has received 25 submissions, all supportive of the policy. During the policy’s exhibition period City staff briefed a number of creative leaders and community members, held a public forum and conducted a social media campaign to engage people in the feedback process.
Some of the additions to the policy include the City promoting crowd funding for local arts projects and the production of a small museums guide. Plans to establish new relationships between artists and local schools have also been brought forward. There is also a focus on providing more artist and rehearsal space in high rise developments through planning agreements.
I am very supportive of this new policy. While this City is already running programs to support local arts, the policy lays important foundations and sets up a clear expectation of the City’s role to foster and facilitate creative endeavours.