Arts New South Wales, the state’s arts policy as well as funding body, published an analysis paper. Last week Framing the Future in the Development of the Cultural and Cultural Policy for NSW. It is a discussion paper, instead of the final policy document, it reads like an transparent document. There’s nothing that’s particularly offensive about it or even a problem! Moments or hostages to fate. That’s the real issue.
It’s a default position document where the current consensus of the policy is presented with all of its non-stick simplicity. Alongside its ambitions to New South Wales and Sydney to be locally and globally recognize leaders in arts and culture. It also wants to broaden access to regionally, for Indigenous groups. And its diverse group of languages, for people with disabilities, and for older people. It is an old-fashioned policy in the arts that is committed to excellence and accessibility.
Interfere Or Conflict Policy
There is no indication that these could be in interfere or conflict in any other way. How does the money invested in Sydney’s global cultural infrastructure be related. To the funding for arts across regional NSW or to smaller, less innovative arts and cultural organizations? We’ll only know through reading the latest report. Furthermore the fact is that it is not questioned in the document the fact. That the arts are capable of increasing participation regardless of evidence against it. These goals can be held in place as there are no figures included in the document.
The majority of the state (and federal) money goes to major institutions for the arts. The remainder the crumbs. Let’s face it, the leftovers. This is what Arts New South Wales is offering is an arts policy that was formulate. By an agency for the arts. This is fine, however, it shouldn’t be call this. The paper uses the term culture identity, healthy communities, and individual and collective well-being. But the document is mostly focus on the performing and visual arts, as define by funding agencies for arts. What is the length of time this kind of nonsense continue?
Digital And Spatial
Two new aspects are reveal in the digital and spatial. One of the most frequent complaints of cities across the globe is that creative cities policies have resulted in an exclusion from artists as well as other creative people. Cultural global offers targeting tourists, skilled and mobile capital (in the fashion of US urbanist Richard Florida) help raise the cost of housing and rent. This is an indicator of the success of a revitalization program. There is also no indication of conflict in this instance.
The massive investment in cultural infrastructures is accompany by plans to create adaptive spaces where pop-ups and public art artistic businesses, artists and creative enterprises could be integrate into the empty spaces. The document also addresses the virtual age however, it is primarily focus on what arts and culture could be a part of the digital economy industry action plan.
If it’s an art policy, it’s as well a policy for an era where economic impact is not question. Arts NSW is now part of NSW Trade & Investment, an agency of the government that is dedicate to spurring economic growth. The good thing about the arts is beneficial for the economy, or. Cultural health leads to an environment that are innovative, able to think critically and the ability to integrate information, leading to improved employment and a the ability to compete globally.
The fact that there is no proof to support this claim is not a matter of fact These are the facts that must be consider when funding for the arts continues.
Creative Industries Policy
It is interesting to note that it is interesting to note that the creative industries usually the main beneficiaries of the economic benefits that culture brings is largely un notice. The reference made towards the Creative Industries Action Plan, and sprinkle throughout the topics are the standard business school clichés of training expert business advice access to markets, and the like in search of sustainable business models for the arts and culture.
What they mean in the real world is anybody’s guess. aren’t being mention here, as the focus is on large-scale public and philanthropic investments in large institutions. The art is discuss as a distinct area to the creative industries. They, in the current policy of the NSW task force on creative industries is primarily commercial in nature which are subordinate to industry policy. Despite the theme of digital, media policy is not even mention. Film, as the only mix of economy and identity is acknowledge.
The document is largely useless for those working in the field since it is lacking in specifics. For those who are not directly involve in funding by the state in the field of arts and culture, the document’s as informative as a corporate investment brochure. It won’t rock or float any vessels.