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The Minns Government has today unveiled details of Creative Communities, the new arts, culture and creative industries policy.

Creative Communities is a 10-year vision, the state’s first creative industries policy and has the goal of sustainably growing the depth and breadth of creative industries throughout NSW, and over the next decade enabling creative individuals, organisations and communities throughout the state to reach their potential. 

Minister for Arts John Graham said: “We are lucky to live in NSW, a state rich in creativity. The state’s first arts, culture and creative industries policy commits the government to advocating for the value of culture, to enabling and investing in culture with the whole of government….Creative Communities’ commitment is to the artists, makers and workers in the arts, culture, and creative industries. We acknowledge the critical role of artists, creatives, and makers, as well as those behind the scenes – the crews in production, making sets and costumes, booking shows, and managing talent. They are all important to the health of the ecosystem.” 

Arts Mid North Coast is particularly pleased to see many of the points in our submission addressed, such as the need for a whole-of-Government approach in supporting the arts, the urgency of providing affordable spaces for artists and creatives, fixing arts education and the workforce and providing equity in funding and access to arts for regional areas. It’s refreshing to see the policy embracing culture as a public good and the important role of the arts in personal and community wellbeing and development.  

We look forward to working with the NSW Government to deliver a regional arts, culture and creative industries strategy in 2024 to grow and support sustainable participation in local activities. 

Read the full policy: https://www.nsw.gov.au/arts-and-culture/engage-nsw-arts-and-culture/resource-hub/creative-communities 

Image credit: Got Ya Back Productions, Carnival of the Animals 

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