June 10, 2015

BALLARAT’S ARTS COMMUNITY TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON STATE-WIDE STRATEGY

Ballarat will kick off a series of workshops to inform the development of Victoria’s first creative industries strategy.

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard today urged members of the local community with an interest in the arts to get involved in community consultations that will help shape the government’s arts policy.

“Creativity and culture makes a huge social and economic contribution to our community,” Mr Howard said.

“Our galleries, libraries, performance venues, community festivals and events improve local liveability and attract tourism to the region.

“The aim of this process is to ensure that we are at the forefront of creative innovation, by harnessing opportunities to generate new jobs, nurture creative talent and strengthen culture in our region, making it accessible for all.

“If you’re an artist, industry professional or just a passionate devotee, I encourage you to contribute your ideas and take part in the discussion.”

The government’s discussion paper, Let’s get creative about Victoria’s future, was launched today by the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley.

All creative and cultural endeavours are up for discussion, including visual arts, screen, literature, performance, music, design, digital games and emerging cultural fields.

The Ballarat workshop will take place on Monday 22 June at the Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute, 117 Sturt St, Ballarat from 5:45pm-8:00pm.

The Workshop is free-of-charge, but places are limited and bookings are essential. For further information visit: http://www.strategy.creative.vic.gov.au/