The Sunshine Coast region's first Arts Plan is now available for the community to review and provide comment following council's endorsement of the draft plan today (June 14).
In 2017, Sunshine Coast Council and the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board began a journey to develop a 20-year arts plan for the region.
Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said council's corporate vision looked to develop a sustainable region that was Healthy, Smart, Creative and the draft arts plan reflected that vision.
"When developing a 20-year arts plan for the region, our focus was to ensure the plan supported those it will directly impact – our local artists and arts sector," Cr Baberowski said.
"While the plan will support and grow our arts sector, a key outcome will be to also grow audiences with increased opportunities for the community to experience and engage with the arts.
"I encourage everyone to take a look at the plan and provide feedback so we can ensure the final plan is truly reflective of our community's aspirations in relation to arts and creative outcomes for the region."
Development of the draft arts plan included extensive research followed by direct consultation and collaboration with the region's artists, arts sector and the larger arts industry..
The draft arts plan provides a clear framework of goals and commitments and clearly articulates council's role in developing and supporting an environment in which the arts can flourish.
The vision for the Sunshine Coast Arts Plan 2018-2038 is The soul of our community is our flourishing arts ecology: nurturing connections, promoting experimentation and inspiring collaboration.
The draft plan articulates four goals, and supporting strategies, that over the next 20 years, will:
- stimulate the Sunshine Coast arts sector
- create opportunities to build a strong community of artists, arts practitioners, and arts organisations
- communicate and showcase the value of the arts to the region's well-being, city planning and economy
- actively explore partnerships and collaborations that provide learning and development opportunities for those within the arts sector
- grow participation in the arts, and
- identify opportunities to invest in the arts including places where the arts are made and showcased.
To review the draft arts plan and have your say visit council's website https://haveyoursay.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/draft-sunshine-coast-arts-plan
The draft plan will be available for feedback until Thursday, July 12, with the final plan to be presented to council in August 2018.