Community Arts and Cultural Development

Vision: Great community driven and engaging arts practice.

The Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) program delivered by the Belconnen and Tuggeranong arts centres aims to foster and cultivate a vibrant community that values, explores and engages with the arts, and expresses its artistic interests and needs with confidence and purpose.

CACD responds to principle one of the 2015 ACT Arts Policy, recognising the importance of community engagement in arts and cultural activity.

CACD supports long-term community arts and cultural development involving individuals, communities, artists, arts workers, and organisations working collaboratively to create great artwork and engaging arts experiences that result in positive change.

CACD reflects the diversity of individuals and communities in the ACT.  It supports a wide range of arts and cultural activities where artists and cultural practitioners work in partnership with individuals and communities making art for the purposes of artistic growth, positive change, and improved health and well-being.

Program Aims and Outcomes

Aim - create collaborative opportunities for an artistically active and connected community

Outcomes for the community:

  • Access to high quality, inclusive arts programs created for, by and with the community that result in broader cultural, social outcomes and benefits; and
  • Connection across the community with individuals, communities and organisations through the arts.

Aim: build a network of professional artists who work effectively with the community to express a shared vision and develop artistic and creative skills and interests.

Outcomes for artists:

  • Development of artistic practice through working with communities including those with diverse social and cultural backgrounds;
  • Professional development, and exchange of knowledge, skills and experiences between artists, communities and organisations; and
  • Employment in the arts, cultural and community sectors.

Outcomes for arts organisations:

  • Recognition as active, vibrant arts centres for generating high quality, accessible community driven arts and cultural development programs;
  • Sustainable partnerships and strategic alliances with funding and support leveraged through the centres; and
  • ACT arts centres are recognised as leaders in community arts and cultural development.
Program Arrangements

The CACD program is administered and delivered through the Belconnen Arts Centre (BAC) and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre (TAC). CACD programming supports:

  • employment of artists and arts workers
  • sector development
  • program and project delivery and administration
  • community consultation and engagement
  • research and evaluation
CACD Program Expectations

To enable BAC and TAC to provide sustainable high quality and accessible programs and activities that strongly engages with the community, to plan and operate strategically and flexibly, build long term relationships, and attract and retain suitable staff.

It is expected CACD programming will support community based artistic planning and programming that address the CACD aims and objectives in addition to (or as part of) both centre’s core arts activity. It is not expected that CACD programming is used to support one-off activities including an exhibition, event, or workshop, or other centre based activity unless this is part of a long-term engagement and delivery strategy under CACD.

Outreach activity (outside of the centres and in alternate spaces) is strongly encouraged as is the extension of the artistic programs, where possible and appropriate, through partner groups and organisations across the ACT.

CACD activities will be identifiable by demonstrating:

  • responsiveness to community needs and interests
  • engagement of professional artists and arts workers
  • positive artistic, cultural and social benefits
  • engagement with individuals and communities including those experiencing social and or cultural disadvantage
  • development of new and sustainable partnerships
  • research, evaluation and improvement
Regional Arts Fund

The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) is a national program of the Australian Government administered by Regional Arts Australia It provides funding to support community arts and cultural development in regional communities across Australia. RAF is available to the ACT Government through an agreement between artsACT, as Regional Program Administrator, and Regional Arts Australia (RAA). The ACT is considered to be a region within the context of the agreement.

The ACT Government RAF allocation is provided equally to the Belconnen and Tuggeranong arts centres, and funding supports an activity that strongly meets one or more of the following RAF objectives:

  1. encouraging and supporting sustainable economic, social and cultural development in regional communities;
  2. developing partnerships and networks which leverage financial and/or in-kind support for specific projects and encourage ongoing collaboration;
  3. developing audiences and broaden community engagement with the arts; and
  4. increasing employment and professional development opportunities for, and raise the profile of, regional and remote artists.

For information about supported activities, visit Regional Arts Fund past recipients - ACT.

More Information

You can download a PDF version of the CACD Program Guidelines here:

ACT Community Arts and Cultural Development GuidelinesPDF

For more information on CACD activities, contact the Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres.

Belconnen Arts Centre External Link
118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, ACT, 2617
E: info@belconnenartscentre.com.au
P: (02) 6173 3300

Tuggeranong Arts Centre External Link
137 Reed Street, Greenway, ACT, 2901
E: info@tuggeranongarts.com
P: (02) 6293 1443