Our Strategic Plan

Our vision

To be a diverse and dynamic arts ecology valued locally, nationally and globally.

Who we are

artsACT, as the ACT Government’s arts agency, provides policy and funding advice to government; undertakes government business and administration; manages the ACT Arts Fund and a range of other arts development and funding initiatives; manages the ACT Government public art collection; oversees the development and management of key ACT arts facilities; and maintains links with other arts and cultural organisations including the Australia Council for the Arts and the Ministry for the Arts. We do this to recognise the integral part that arts and culture play in our community and to encourage creativity, celebration, thinking and exchange. We are genuine in our belief that Canberra is an influential part of the arts and cultural sector nationally and globally and we want to share that story. artsACT is part of the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate and within that the Arts, Business, Events, Sports and Tourism Division. Our location within this division provides us with excellent opportunities for partnership and development to benefit the arts in Canberra. We operate in four areas: Arts Support; Arts Policy; Infrastructure and Public Art; and Business Support. Our connection with the Cultural Facilities Corporation as the other arm of ACT Government arts activity is vital, as is working across the ACT Government to increase the visibility of the arts and promote our vision.

Our connections and communication

We heard during the ACT Arts Policy Framework Review that relationships, partnerships, collaboration and connection are important. These connections are not only with the community and the arts sector but within government. We will:

  • develop a communications plan which outlines how we want to share our story, promote our successes and communicate who we are.
  • work on our connections across government to build the profile of the arts.
  • investigate ways in which we can provide support and information resources to artists, arts workers and arts organisations.
  • facilitate and encourage regular sector forums to discuss trends, common interests and goals. 
Our principles
  • Participation in and access to the arts
  • Great art and great artists
  • Vitality of the Canberra Region arts ecology
  • Engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures
Our priorities

Participation in and access to the arts

  • Accessibility
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Community engagement 

Great art and great artists

  • The pursuit of excellence
  • Artist and arts development
  • Innovation, collaboration and vibrancy
  • Promotion and marketing 

Vitality of the Canberra Region arts ecology

  • Sector development, career pathways and sector learning
  • Arts businesses
  • Cultural infrastructure
  • Partnerships

Engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures

  • Respect
  • Advocacy and support
  • Connection and recognition
What we will do 

Participation in and access to the arts

  • Continue to work with ACT Health to deliver a pilot arts and health project.
  • Encourage community arts and cultural development through the development of a community arts and cultural development strategy and continued support of the CACD program.
  • Develop a Disability Action Plan for artsACT and work with ACT Arts Fund supported organisations to develop Disability Action Plans.
  • Forge meaningful relationships with other areas of ACT Government to encourage participation in and access to the arts.
  • Continue the Artists-in-Schools program.
  • Build on our relationship with the community and the arts sector.
  • Support our organisations and Canberra artists to engage audiences.
  • Work with Access Canberra to support the arts sector through regulatory reform.
  • Continue to provide facilities that accommodate the needs of the sector and community.

Great art and great artists

  • Work with other areas of ACT Government on cultural tourism and the promotion of Canberra art and artists to national and global audiences.
  • Investigate opportunities to connect with National Cultural Institutions to promote Canberra art, artists and arts organisations.
  • Promote the stories of Canberra art, artists and arts organisations locally, nationally and globally.
  • Develop a shared understanding with the sector of great art, excellence and great process and what that means in the Canberra context.
  • Support emerging and grass roots artists and arts development.
  • Ensure that our programs and activities support artists at all stages of their career.
  • Continue to provide support for artist residencies locally, nationally and globally and evaluate the success of the Arts Residencies ACT policy.
  • Promote and manage the ACT Government’s public art collection and make improvements to the usability of the ACT Public Art Database.

Vitality of the Canberra Region arts ecology

  • Conduct a needs analysis on sector learning and development.
  • Encourage and develop a culture of knowledge and individual learning.
  • Work with arts organisations on opportunities for critical reflection and arts development.
  • Conduct an analysis of the arts sector to measure the success of our programs and help us make evidence‐based decisions.
  • Develop a funding plan which outlines the goals and objectives of the ACT Arts Fund.
  • Consolidate work on arts hubs and clarify responsibilities.
  • Continue to work across the ACT Government on creative industries and innovation.
  • Develop a cultural infrastructure plan which includes maintenance planning for existing facilities.
  • Explore the relationship between Canberra Region local councils and Arts NSW.
  • Continue involvement in the Meeting of Cultural Ministers and the National Local Government Cultural Forum.

Engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures

  • Establish connections with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to foster productive partnerships.
  • Undertake a needs analysis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, arts workers and arts organisations.
  • Build on connections within ACT Government as well as national agencies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
  • Develop a Reconciliation Action Plan for artsACT.
  • Work with local and national arts organisations and the local community on the implementation of the Australia Council for the Arts Protocols for working with Indigenous Artists on media arts, music, performing arts, visual arts and writing. 
What we want to know and report on

artsACT is interested in providing direction for collaborative efforts to increase data availability, consistency and quality, as well as a coordinated approach to research and data collection across artsACT. The measures that have been included in this Strategic Plan come from a variety of sources some of which are available annually, others less frequently.

  • We will develop a research and data plan which outlines what we will collect, how we will use the data and what we will report.
  • We will continue to participate in the Meeting of Cultural Ministers Statistics Working Group to ensure that national cultural data is robust and meaningful.
  • We will undertake an analysis of the sector to build on our knowledge, focus our work and understand the economic and social impacts of the arts.
  • We will continue to refine the way in which we collect data to ensure it is meaningful. 
Our measures

Participation in and access to the arts

  • Higher than national average attendance and participation rates for adults and children.
  • Number of targeted inclusion programs in artsACT funded organisations.

Great art and great artists

  • Number of times a show, exhibition or other arts activity was presented interstate and internationally.
  • Number of local artists, arts organisations and arts workers funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Ministry for the Arts.
  • Number of people visiting Canberra for arts and culture.

Vitality of the Canberra Region arts ecology

  • Number of people employed in the arts and cultural sector.
  • Number of businesses in the cultural sector.
  • Number of volunteers and estimated volunteer hours.
  • Household expenditure on cultural items.

Engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures

  • Participation rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples employed in the cultural sector in the ACT.
  • Number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples supported through the ACT Arts Fund.
  • Number of targeted programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in artsACT-funded organisations.

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