Arts & Culture in Maribyrnong

Thank you to those who submitted feedback on the draft Strategy. All submissions will now be reviewed and considered before the final Strategy is presented to Council.

The City of Maribyrnong has a vibrant arts and creative-industries sector. It is home to a significant artist population, and contains a broad array of arts organisations and creative sector businesses. It is also home to a culturally diverse community that is eager to participate in, and engage with, the arts.

It is important that we continue to support and foster the arts in our community. To do this, we have developed – in consultation with you, the community – a draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2018-2023. This document elaborates on the role Council will play in supporting the progress and evolution of arts and culture in Maribyrnong.

Before we present the final draft to Council, we want to make sure that we have incorporated your feedback. The infographic will give you a snapshot of the sector in our community, and you can view the full draft strategy in the document library on this page. You can provide you feedback on the themes developed in the short survey below.

Thank you to those who submitted feedback on the draft Strategy. All submissions will now be reviewed and considered before the final Strategy is presented to Council.

The City of Maribyrnong has a vibrant arts and creative-industries sector. It is home to a significant artist population, and contains a broad array of arts organisations and creative sector businesses. It is also home to a culturally diverse community that is eager to participate in, and engage with, the arts.

It is important that we continue to support and foster the arts in our community. To do this, we have developed – in consultation with you, the community – a draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2018-2023. This document elaborates on the role Council will play in supporting the progress and evolution of arts and culture in Maribyrnong.

Before we present the final draft to Council, we want to make sure that we have incorporated your feedback. The infographic will give you a snapshot of the sector in our community, and you can view the full draft strategy in the document library on this page. You can provide you feedback on the themes developed in the short survey below.

Arts & Culture feedback form

Please take a moment to give us your feedback on the draft Arts & Culture Strategy.

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Arts & Culture - The Vision

"The arts are a source of delight, invention and provocation. They help define us as human beings and shape our view of the world. At Maribyrnong City Council, we also strive to ensure art is a mechanism for building social cohesion and a vehicle for social justice. Participation in the arts is a source of community wellbeing and a driver of economic vitality. Put simply, our investment in the arts is a catalyst for a better community."

Do you think that this vision is supportive of the progression and evolution of the arts in Maribyrnong?

Themes: Directions for a new strategy

As a mechanism for furthering community wellbeing, the arts present some unique and substantial opportunities. During the first stage of the consultation, the following seven directions or themes have evolved to drive this strategy.

Theme 1: First Peoples first

This theme requires Council to: - Celebrate and ensure that the stories of the Traditional Owners continue to be told and promoted. - Encourage the development of unique and distinctive public spaces and places, including art spaces, which reflect, respond to and acknowledge that Maribyrnong is part of the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation.

Do you think that the goals of this theme are reflective of the strategic direction that Council should take in relation to Traditional Owners' arts and culture?

Theme 2: Access all areas - access, inclusion and equity

This theme requires Council to: - Ensure that the community has easy access to all arts and cultural programs and facilities, irrespective of gender, age, ethnicity or ability. - Ensure that all artists have ready access to support and assistance, irrespectiv of gender, age, ethnicity or ability.

Do you think that the goals of this theme are reflective of the strategic direction that Council should take in relation to access, inclusion and equity in the arts?

Theme 3: Celebrating diversity

This theme requires Council to: - Ensure that the cultural diversity of Maribyrnong is celebrated and featured in arts and cultural programming. - Ensure that artists from diverse backgrounds, whether working in traditional or contemporary art forms, have a multiplicity of opportunities to present their art.

Do you think that the goals of this theme are reflective of the strategic direction that Council should take in relation to diversity in the arts?

Theme 4: Factory for the arts

This theme requires Council to: - Ensure that the creative industries thrive in Maribyrnong, and that Maribyrning is seen as a centre for creative excellence. - Ensure that opportunities and affordable spaces are available to artists and other creative-industry workers, enabling them to pursue their creative practice.

Do you think that the goals of this theme are reflective of the strategic direction that Council should take in relation to creative industries?

Theme 5: Participation

This theme requires Council to: - Ensure that arts programming focuses on active engagement and creative agency by community participants - Work with local organisations that have a strong record and profile in community-engaged arts practice, in order to develop the skills of artists wishing to work with the community in their creative practice.

Do you think that the goals of this theme are reflective of the strategic direction that Council should take in relation to participation in the arts?

Theme 6: Places and spaces

This theme requires Council to: - Ensure that the community has a range of state-of-the-art places and spaces in which to enjoy and experience a diversity of arts and cultural programming. - Ensure that artists have ready access to the best spaces to present their work.

Do you think that the goals of this theme are reflective of the strategic direction that Council should take in relation to places and spaces for art?

Theme 7: Culture across Council

This theme requires Council to: - Ensure that all areas of Council look synergistically at engaging with the arts to enhance their service.

Do you think that the goals of this theme are reflective of the strategic direction that Council should take in relation to a cross-organisational approach to arts and culture?