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Shaping the future : Arts and culture in the Northern Territory



Shaping the future : Arts and culture in the Northern Territory

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Discussion paper

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Northern Territory. Department of Arts and Museums


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; Shaping The Future: Arts and Culture in the Northern Territory Discussion Paper invites you to provide feedback and join in the discussion on the key issues and themes to inform an Arts and Cultural Policy for the Northern Territory. The Policy will set out the vision and principles for the future development of arts and culture for our social, cultural and economic benefit. Closing date for submissions is Friday 6 November 2015.


Closing date for submissions is Friday 6 November 2015.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

Minister's foreword -- How to give feedback -- Issues for discussion -- Introduction -- Context for an arts and cultural policy -- Issues for discussion -- Feedback -- Appendix 1.




Arts -- Northern Territory; Northern Territory -- Cultural policy; Arts and society -- Northern Territory; Arts and state -- Northern Territory

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Northern Territory Government

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19 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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http://hdl.handle.net/10070/267930 [Submission by the Australian Institute of Architects (NT) in response to Shaping the Future]

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11 The Government has emphasised the importance of making arts and culture a part of Territorians lives. The Territorys libraries, archives and museums collect, protect and make accessible Territorians cultural heritage. The valuable collections in these cultural institutions have inspired many artistic and creative endeavours. To maximise community engagement artistic activity needs to be accessible and affordable, and must have relevance and impact for Territorians. In Australia audience development and arts marketing have become increasingly sophisticated disciplines, improving the clarity with which arts and cultural organisations understand and target their communities, through segmentation and the use of digital media. Beyond Darwin valuable cultural infrastructure exists in Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Tennant Creek and elsewhere in the Territory. The cultural assets throughout the Territory can continue to build community engagement. Signature events such as the Darwin Festival and the Territorys many regional and remote community festivals from Barunga and Garma, to the Alice Desert Festival , Milpirri in Lajamanu and Desert Harmony in Tennant Creek - can leverage their profile to reach out to new sections of the community. The ACP will need to reflect the importance of regional and remote arts and access to equitable resources. Milpirri 2014 Lajamanu Tracks Dance, photo by Peter Eve