Council launches first ever arts plan with a 20-year vision

Published: Comments:
Creative Arts Lifestyle Sunshine Coast Council

Image on cover: Artist Carolyn Emerson, the magician (pen on card, 2018).

A 20-year plan to grow, strengthen and actively seek opportunities to develop and showcase the region’s arts sector has been endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council, providing a road map for its approach, priorities, programs and investment in the arts.

The Sunshine Coast Arts Plan 2018-2038 is the first arts plan for the region and supports council’s healthy, smart, creative vision.

Arts, Heritage and Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the Sunshine Coast was a creatively rich environment and the plan had been developed with the artist and arts sector at its core.

“This is an exciting time for arts on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Creating a 20-year plan for arts on the Sunshine Coast provides council and the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board with a strategic, aspirational blueprint to guide future priorities, programs and investment in the arts.

“The plan’s goals are designed to stimulate the local arts sector, create opportunities to build a strong community of artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations, showcase the value of arts to the region, identify opportunities for investment and grow participation in the arts.

“The arts plan also aims to build an ecology of support that helps us all to be more creative, and for those who choose to make their living in the arts, to be the best they can possibly be.”

The vision of the Sunshine Coast Arts Plan is: “The soul of our community is our flourishing arts ecology: nurturing connections, promoting experimentation and inspiring collaboration.”

Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board chair Collette Brennan said a vibrant and diverse arts and cultural ecology was an important contributor to the liveliness and vitality of the places we call home.

“It’s well documented that artists in regional communities play a vital role in expressing and shaping cultural identity, as well as supporting community cohesiveness, development and wellbeing,” Ms Brennan said.

“Creating a 20-year plan was an ambitious endeavour, and I believe, together with the local arts sector, we have created a plan that the entire region can be proud of.

“As individuals and as an arts sector, we can all demonstrate creative leadership in our own way.

“The board looks forward to working with council and the arts sector over the coming years to implement the arts plan and celebrate all that the arts brings to our lived experience.”

Delivery of the goals and strategies within the plan will rely on a collaborative approach between council, the arts sector, the community, investors and all levels of government through the 20-year journey.

The four goals within the Sunshine Coast Arts Plan are:

  1. Local artists and artistic content is developed and celebrated.
  2. Arts audiences and creative opportunities flourish through investment and development.
  3. A dedicated network of places and spaces for artists to connect, create and collaborate.
  4. Art and creativity is embedded in the identity and experience of the Sunshine Coast.

There are a range of strategies within each goal. The plan will be reviewed every five years to ensure it continues to respond to the pace of change within the arts sector and continues to align with council’s corporate vision.

To view the arts plan, visit council’s website –

Sunshine Coast Regional Council :
Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5475 7272
1300 007 272
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Jack Morgan Park gives Coolum’s heart new life 20 September 2018 | Coolum's Jack Morgan Park has undergone a $1 million transformation creating a vibrant and relaxing community space that can be enjoyed any time of the day in the heart of the beachside town. More information...
School holidays filled with reptile scales and tadpole tales 19 September 2018 | Slippery snakes, radical reptiles and friendly frogs are taking centre stage these school holidays as Sunshine Coast Council unwraps the wonderful world of Reptile Scales and Tadpole Tales with a series of crea... More information...
Community to benefit from Coolum Aquatic Centre amenity upgrade 19 September 2018 | Last year it was a new splash pad and this year the amenities have been refurbished at Sunshine Coast Council’s Coolum Aquatic Centre just in time for the warmer weather. More information...
Caloundra Music Festival – for young and old.... 18 September 2018 | Got kids? Like music? Thought your days of rocking out at music festivals were long over? More information...
Sustainability at the Solar Farm succeeds again 18 September 2018 | The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm has been recognised once again, taking out the Environmental and Sustainability Award at the Australian Regional Development Conference Awards 2018 held today (September 18). More information...
Concept design for Bli Bli streetscape and new public park unveiled 18 September 2018 | Sunshine Coast Council is planning a streetscape upgrade and a new public park for the growing Bli Bli community, which will tie in together to improve the look of the Bli Bli Town Centre and create a new commu... More information...
Land for Wildlife celebrates its 20 year anniversary 14 September 2018 | The Sunshine Coast is well-known as the home of high profile wildlife champions, but the region is also home to a small army of dedicated, passionate private landholders who have steadily worked to restore their... More information...
Brisbane Symphony Orchestra returning to Venue 114 14 September 2018 | The Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, along with Oriana Choir, will return to Venue 114 (formerly known as Lake Kawana Community Centre) in November with Karl Jenkins' work The Armed Man (a Mass for Peace). More information...
Tales from the heart with William McInnes 14 September 2018 | Sunshine Coast Libraries invite avid readers to enjoy a morning with popular Australian actor and author William McInnes at the Caloundra RSL from 10.30am on Friday, October 12. More information...
A brew with a view 13 September 2018 | Bars, restaurants and gardens could be popping up on rooftops at some of our key coastal tourism precincts following council’s decision to proceed with an amendment to the planning scheme for rooftop uses. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service