Where the policy debate has focused on a need to 'rescue' the cultural sector from the ill-effects of COVID-19, the emphasis must now be on growing it as part of a wider program of public investment.
The arts and cultural sector was plunged into crisis three months ago and pleaded for help. Now a federal rescue package has been announced – but who is it for and is it enough?
Calling out comments about racial diversity in the arts – like those by Josh Thomas this week – should be just the beginning of a deeper conversation about racial justice and representation.
COVID-19 has shown up a mind-bending contradiction. On one hand, the arts are entwined with our daily lives. Yet culture has disappeared from federal policy. Something has gone fundamentally wrong.
COVID-19 has exposed the insecurity of the cultural workforce. Making the performing arts freely available online may further diminish their value, right when the sector is arguing its worth.
JobKeeper is designed for people with steady jobs. The arts don't work that way.
Public funding for the arts was not originally intended to be a permanent arrangement. But some economic fundamentals mean that it's necessary.
Performing arts centres will be hardest hit by COVID-19. Looking at the fortunes and pressures facing Queensland's Home of the Arts can help us understand the challenges faced by around 150 centres.
Carriageworks did everything right but was struggling even in regular conditions. Now the organisation's troubles are emblematic of an arts sector on the edge – but there might be a brighter future.
Arguments for Australian culture focus on what it should say to demonstrate its worth - rather than the government’s capacity to listen. Our history of conservative cultural leadership show they can.
New grants to aid the arts and culture sector are welcome. But as we look for distraction and meaning in isolation, a bigger correction is needed to how the government values Australian creativity.
We care less about the arts when there is less to care about. The government of the day has backed Australian arts and culture into a corner and it must start telling its story better to survive.
Sydney's historic buildings are facing increasing threats from developers. But we're not just losing public ownership of our history – we're losing our cultural spaces, too.
As comparisons are made between the finances of private and public schools, investment in a creative education for all should be prioritised.
Both the Australia Council's and South Australia's new five-year arts plans talk the talk, but fail to provide vital arts funding and structural support for a diverse arts culture.
Labor's arts election policy includes more funding for the Australia Council and the ABC. But while this is welcome, arts and culture deserve far greater attention.
Where is the nation-building cultural vision, the statement of cultural aspiration in this budget?
The arts have long been championed in SA, but in recent years the sector has started to stagnate.
The loss of creative spaces to development is pricing Sydney artists out of the city. But they could be encouraged back with new cultural policies.
Economist David Throsby in a new Platform Paper calls for strong cultural policies from the Australian government.