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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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3 2. ISSUES FOR DISCUSSION Principles and Values of an Arts and Cultural Policy 1. Why is arts and culture important to you and your community? 2. What principles or values should be highlighted in the Arts and Cultural Policy (ACP)? This might include, for example, statements about the intrinsic value of the arts and individual artistic, creative and cultural expression; equity and access to resources and opportunities to participate; artistic excellence and innovation; sustainable growth and arts industry development, creative and culturally rich communities. The values become a benchmark or test for subsequent strategies, decisions or actions. Identity 3. What are the distinctive characteristics of the Territorys identity? 4. How should we acknowledge and describe the significance of Aboriginal culture in the ACP? Arts and Cultural Spaces and Places 5. What are the key roles for the Territorys museums, galleries, archives and libraries in supporting a creative and culturally rich Territory? 6. How can we enhance arts places and spaces across the Territory to increase access and participation in arts and culture? Partnerships 7. How can we grow arts and cultural partnerships and opportunities with other sectors such as business, trade, tourism, education, heritage and health? 8. How can arts and corporate partnerships be developed to increase private sector support and enhance sustainability across the Territory? 9. How can the Northern Territory Government work with local government to develop creative and culturally rich communities? 10. What is the role of major Darwin and Alice Springs-based cultural venues and funded arts organisations to achieve the objectives of the ACP?