I am conducting a little experiment over at Facebook. I’m trying to work out whether it is possible to somehow round up all those people who don’t quite fit the “Art” boxes and as a result never get a seat at the table. My theory is that a relatively small number of highly centralised and well resourced organisations get a disproportionate say in what happens cultural policy wise because they organised and visible.
From the blurb on Facebook:
Is Australia’s cultural policy is stuck in a time warp? In 2009 more than half of the Australia Council’s total arts funding (and an awful lot of its attention) still goes to symphony orchestras and operas.
This group is a forum for everyone else!Whether you’re a designer, musician, film and video maker, blogger, artist, writer, performer, programmer, animator, craftsperson, photographer, or whatever- if you are creating something then this is a chance to show you exist and put your issues on the table.
Please join, get your friends to join, and demonstrate how many of you there are!I am participating in several different arts/cultural policy development processes at the moment at both a state and national level.
It has become really obvious through those processes that the voices being heard in most arts and cultural policy discussions and debates tend to be those from a relatively small number of relatively well resourced organisations. Often they seem (to me at least) really quite out of touch with issues that most creators are facing.
The “Creating Australia” group is an experiment. The aim is to bring together a wide range of people who are “Creating Australia” as possible. They are people with a lot in common but no common voice or forum. The aim is to put their issues somewhere they can be acknowledged.
No, this group is not set up to whinge about funding or money. It’s open to ideas for smart funding strategies but we’d also like to see all the other issues that creators are facing and how they might be addressed come to the top.
Off the top of my head:
* Do you find that you often don’t quite fit the old artform definitions/ funding boxes/ organisational guidelienes?
* Do you spend more time administering than creating?
* How does copyright law in it’s current form help protect you or does it hinder your creativity?
* How hard is it to access the spaces you need?
* Does government provide or build the right kind of spaces/infrastruture for what you do?
* Do the rules and regulations that govern what you do make sense? How would you change them?
* How do you deal with the tax/ social security system?
* What policy settings could you change that would make it easier to do what you do?
* Are your audiences still in Australia or around the world?
* Has anyone ever sought your opinion on this stuff before?
* Is this a totally dumb set of questions?
The aim of this group is to demonstrate that Australia’s Creative community doesn’t just work in arts centres and for major organisations and to collect the ideas and input of people who don’t.
It’s an attempt to see if online networks can counteract the strong voices that centralised organisations tend always have in policy priority debates.
There won’t be a lot of spam. Please feel free just to show your support by joining even if you aren’t really looking to take part in the discussion. Allternately, feel free to get on the forums and let us know what you think.
Join the group if you are interested. Or let me know what you think.
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