Help develop a plan for the future of arts on the Sunshine Coast
  • Wednesday 20 September 2017
arts plan

It’s an exciting time for arts on the Sunshine Coast and the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board, on behalf of council, is inviting the arts community to be part of a conversation that will help to develop the region’s first Arts Plan.

Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with CQ University, is rolling out a community engagement program designed to understand the needs of the region’s arts sector.

Council’s representative on the Board, Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski, said to develop the arts plan, we needed to speak with the people who will be at its very heart – our artists.

“In June last year council appointed the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board to provide strategic advice and direction for council as it develops a future agenda for arts across the region,” Cr Baberowski said.

“To get the conversation started, the board developed a discussion paper that outlines potential visions, goals, strategies, opportunities and challenges.

“This is just a starting place to get everyone thinking; for example should we become a region that is renowned for the creation of original content?

“We are now inviting all artists and those involved in the arts and cultural sector on the Sunshine Coast to have their say by signing up to be part of the conversation via council’s website.”

Arts Advisory Board chair Collette Brennan said the board had a bold and long-term ambition for the arts plan.

“Our board is dedicated to ensuring the voices of our arts community drive the plan and the on-going implementation,” Ms Brennan said.

“The work done by artists, arts workers, arts board members and arts lovers makes a significant impact on our region – you are the creative engine room of our growing and thriving community.

“With your input, our arts plan will generate a dynamic, impactful and robust arts and cultural sector – a sector that makes a positive difference to the quality of life for all who live on and visit the Sunshine Coast.”

This special community engagement program  aims to dig deeper into the discussion paper’s visions, goals, strategies, opportunities and challenges and then identify actions to support, develop and grow the sector.

The sector includes anyone who identifies as an artist, including visual artists, designers, performers, musicians, film makers, producers, writers, arts workers, set designers, arts development officers and also includes arts educators.

Take the time to read the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board discussion paper on council’s website to get your thinking started and then register to join the conversation, both online and through a series of stakeholder events to be held during September and October 2017.

Registration will ensure we can keep you up to date as the conversation progresses.

Visit council’s website to register your interest in the engagement program and opportunities in the ongoing plan for the arts on the Sunshine Coast www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/ArtsPlan