First Nations and culturally diverse people more likely to attend arts events, study finds

The Parrtjima light festival in Alice Springs in September 2020. Photograph: Che Chorley/Parrtjima

Creative Australia’s National Arts Participation Survey clearly highlights the vital role that arts and culture play in the lives of underrepresented communities.

“The chief executive of Diversity Arts Australia, Lena Nahlous, said the survey showed that for First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse people, arts and culture “is not just about entertainment; it’s about connection, identity and wellbeing”.

“It’s essential that we translate these survey findings into concrete actions,” she said. “This includes increased financial investment for programs and organisations, and greater equity in terms of representation in leadership and other creative roles.

“The stark contrast between participation rates and the level of funding and support allocated to culturally diverse artists, arts workers and creatives is a glaring issue that demands immediate attention.”

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Source: Read the full original article at The Guardian, first published on 20 September, 2023

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