3 key lessons from the Creative Regions National Summit

Held on the 16th of October, Regional Arts Australia and the Regional Australia Institute and the Regional Arts Fund hosted the Creative Regions National Summit in Parliament House, Canberra. 

1. Arts and culture are part of nation building, an important part.

This summit made clear that arts, in all its iterations, from wellbeing, health, physical education, First Nations culture, the elderly and the young; arts is cents, to building community, nation, identity and Australian culture. Jack Archer, CEO of the Regional Australia Institute noted that the creative workforce and ecominic output in regional Australia are high, positive and essential to community and nation building. 

2. Being an active cultural citizen is central to supporting the brilliance of regional arts

Engaging, reading, sharing, being involved. This summit made clear that being an aware cultural citizen is no longer enough. We have to be active. Very active. Cultural life is central to the communities we live in and being active in our cultural life is one of the single best ways in which we ensure sustainability of regional arts.

And most importantly:

3. Think about your audiences beyond ticket sales

There isn’t too much else that needs to be said with this. Audiences are not just ticket sales. How can we take those engaged audiences with us to ensure the sustainability and vibrancy of regional arts.
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