Tools & Resources

A wealth of statistical data, the Australia Council for the Arts 2014 report ‘Arts in Daily Life: Australian Participation in the Arts’ offers a snapshot of how Australians value and participate in the arts. Interesting data includes:

  • 38% of NESB migrants creatively participate in the arts, compared with 48% of others
  • 40% of NESB people create art, compared with 48% of others
  • 64% of NESB people feel there are plenty of opportunities to
    get involved in the arts’, compared with 73% of others
  • 78% of NESB people believe in the right to total artistic freedom of expression, compared to 68% of others

Thanks to Nickin Alexander for digging up this research as part of DARTS’ literature review on public discourses around cultural diversity in the public domain.

With 20% of public cultural funding in Australia coming from local government, it’s important that councils share knowledge of best practice in collecting data, cultural mapping and arts planning.

All Culture is Local is a resource developed over a five-year Australian Research Council project linking four universities, four local governments, and peak regional, state and federal agencies. Through case studies and ‘recipes’, the Cultural Asset Mapping in Regional Australia (CAMRA) Toolkit offers tips for better planning in rural and regional cultural development like:

  • Reuse existing data to save money
  • Use creative engagement for better results
  • Include everyone, not just the ‘usual suspects’ and the loudest voices
  • Use internal council expertise for research, and share the results with the local cultural sector
  • Broaden the definition of local creative industries
  • Work collaboratively to share data at regional, state and federal levels to save money

The 2013 CAMRA research was one of the resources sniffed out by Nickin Alexander from UTS: University of Technology Sydney who has been helping us look into best practice, strategic advice and some general top tips on improving cultural diversity in the arts as part of a literature review on public discourses around cultural diversity in the public domain. Stay tuned for more practical strategies and lessons learned from Australia and around the world.

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