I have a regular train buddy, a colleague in the arts, for my hour commute home from work. Some weeks we talk about books, movies and television shows, others we talk about the arts, society and our dreams for the future. Two weeks ago we couldn’t escape the poet irony – she brought with her print-outs of news articles talking about global politics and in my bag was the art-antidotes; the room sheet for Khaled Sabsabi’s MAJORITY|minority at Fairfield Museum & Gallery and the brochure for Home Country, Urban Theatre Project’s production in partnership with Blacktown Arts Centre for the Sydney Festival. Both of these shows dealt with the concepts of migration, community, belonging and building a sense of place.
Here at State of the Arts we are committed to asking the tough questions, providing a platform for the uncomfortable conversations and controversial opinions to enrich the sector’s operations more broadly. #SOTA_Provocations is our social media campaign where you get to join the conversation and shape content on pertinent issues. (Ahem, now is a good time to check you have us on Instagram and Twitter by searching @SOTA_au or Facebook @SOTAau.)
We all engage with the arts for different reasons – be it social, intellectual, cultural, spiritual, etc. As I traveled home with my train buddy that evening, talking about global politics and the artworks that help us to find hope, I further reaffirmed why State of the Arts needs to exist. It isn’t just about making sure programs from under-represented communities are known about for the sake of it, but about really delving deep into the diversity of Australian stories and enabling local writers the opportunity to share their nuances and insight. That is why our content will capture local meaning with global relevance.
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