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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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6 Cast and crew, 8MMM Aboriginal Radio 4. CONTEXT FOR AN ARTS AND CULTURAL POLICY There are several contextual issues which will influence the nature of a new ACP for the Territory: 1. The definition of what is included in arts and culture; 2. A description of what we know about the value of arts and culture to the Northern Territory including current social, cultural and economic data and evidence; 3. Governments existing policies and priorities; 4. The purposes to which the ACP will be put, that is, What is the Arts and Cultural Policy for? 5. Identified cultural strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for arts and culture in the Territory to inform the planning and support of arts and cultural activity across regions; 6. Priorities and strategic directions identified through the Consultation process for the sustainable development of the arts and cultural sector / industry; 7. General community priorities and the aspirations of Northern Territory residents of all ages and cultural backgrounds to access and participate in arts and culture, artistic expression and creativity combined with a rapidly changing demographic in the Territory driven by the arrival of many newcomers; 8. Changes and priorities of future Government investment in arts and culture at both Territory and Federal Government level; 9. The opportunities for whole-of-government engagement with arts and culture, and the means of facilitating this; and 10. Opportunities for engagement with national and international stakeholders in the development of arts and culture in the Northern Territory. Consideration of the scope or definition of arts and culture is included in Section 5 Artistic, creative and cultural endeavor occurs throughout the Territory. The ACP needs to support a community where all Territorians have access to a broad range of arts and cultural activity. It also needs to consider the challenges and greater cost of supporting activity in regional and remote communities. Priorities identified in existing Northern Territory Government policy statements include: a commitment to building and maintaining vibrant, culturally rich and engaged communities; celebrating Indigenous culture and recognising the special role it plays within the identity of the Northern Territory; tourism development and other economic development.