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

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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
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