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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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1 Ministers Foreword The Northern Territory is a creative, culturally rich and diverse community with world renowned artists and an incredible range of arts and cultural experiences, venues, festivals and events, for locals and visitors to enjoy and participate in across the Territory. The significance of Aboriginal arts and culture in the Northern Territory is acknowledged, valued and respected and integral to the cultural diversity of the Territory. Arts and culture are an essential element of our Territory lifestyle, enriching the lives of all Territorians and contributing to our creative, social and economic development. Artists from the Northern Territory are renowned for their artistic and creative excellence. There are non profit and commercial arts businesses producing and presenting arts programs, developing the arts and cultural industries, supporting community cultural development and raising the profile of our arts to national and international audiences. Our museums, galleries, archives, libraries and screen industry look after our heritage, grow our cultural collections, enable us to tell our stories, celebrate our diverse cultures and histories, and contribute to a proud and Confident Culture across all regions of the Territory. The Territory Government is developing a comprehensive Arts and Cultural Policy informed by consultation with the arts and cultural sector and the community. It is important that government policy is based on a vision that reflects and supports the value of arts and culture to all people of the Northern Territory. I invite you to join the discussion and provide your views on how we can shape the future of arts and culture in the Northern Territory. The Policy is an important step towards valuing artistic, creative and cultural expression for all individuals, growing and developing a sustainable arts and cultural sector, celebrating and raising the profile of the Territory through arts and culture and providing opportunities for Territorians of all ages and cultural backgrounds to access and participate in broad arts and cultural activities. There are also opportunities to develop new markets and trade, build deeper relationships and cross cultural understanding in our region, attract visitors to the Territory and make our cities, towns and regions enjoyable, inspiring and culturally rich places to live and work. I encourage you to have your say and consider why arts and culture is important to you, and how can we shape the future of our arts and culture in the Northern Territory. With your participation the Policy will reflect our aspirations, celebrate our proud and diverse cultures and contribute to the development of the Territorys society and economy. Gary Higgins Minister for Arts and Museums