In response to some recent posts and articles of mine about arts funding and cultural policy, Nick Herd from the Australia Council pointed me to this comprehensive history of arts policy in Australia prepared by the Parliamentary Library. It’s very useful background reading for anyone thinking of putting in a submission to the National Cultural Policy process which is underway at the moment.
The history does tend to emphasise that cultural policy has long been bound up with the needs of the major performing arts. As i’ve argued elsewhere we need to look at cultural policy in the context of contemporary culture and not merely of the historical arts. This background provides a useful history to put that context in.
Anyhow, worth a look if you’re an arts policy wonk or aspiring to be one.
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