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2030: Visioning an Arts Future

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2030: Visioning an Arts Future

What will art and creativity mean for us in the future? What will the state of the natural environment be? Who will be the Other? These were some of the curly questions debated by an intrepid group of future explorers at a forum hosted by Diversity Arts Australia (formerly Kultour) on 7 November.

On what seemed like an ordinary Monday, 16 people from diverse arts, community and cultural development backgrounds stepped into the future to try to imagine how our arts and cultural landscape will look in the year 2030.

The workshop, facilitated by Dr Paula Aboodand Diversity Arts Australia Executive Director Lena Nahlous was held as a pilot for a broader discussion that they will host at Arts Front 2030 in Melbourne on 23-25 November. This national gathering of artists, thinkers and change agents aims to shape the future of culture and arts in Australia.

Participants were asked to wipe their feet at the door to rid them of any outdated ideas, and misted with ‘anti-polarity spray’ as they entered the future. It must have worked because the discussion ranged wide from ideas including:

• alternative sources of arts funding
• power, decision-making and gate-keeping in the arts
• the kinds of stories that we tell
• arts and activism
• colonisation and decolonisation
• our lack of a nuanced language with which to discuss ‘diversity’ and ‘CALD arts’
• monocultural representations of Australia across art forms
• inclusivity and exclusivity
• centralised vs decentralised government

Participants ended the session by imagining a festival in the future and the ways it would differ from today.

Read more in our PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FUTURE http://tinyurl.com/zc56mj9

Author - Monique Perrin, Citizen Journalist



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