Last Friday, the Australia Council for the Arts announced the outcomes of its four year funding program. This funding, from 2021 to 2024, is a critical base of support for small to medium arts organisations, enabling investment in ambitious, new work that shapes our cultural landscape.
In this very challenging environment, not all organisations who applied were able to be funded. We are very sorry to see many valued friends and partners lose their funding at this critical time, and add our voice to the calls for additional government support for the arts. The creative industries are an interconnected, dynamic system of cultural production and consumption. If we weaken its parts, we weaken the whole.
Our industry contributes more than $111 billion to the Australian economy each year, but perhaps more importantly, it is keeping each and every one of us healthy, connected and inspired as we go through this unprecedented crisis. Now is the time to invest in creatives, whose work is fundamental to the human condition.
MAV has been one of the fortunate ones to secure four year funding. We offer our deep gratitude to the Australia Council for their support of an ambitious and transformational plan to put diversity at the heart of our sector, by backing the leadership and self-determination of creatives of colour. We are committed to using this funding as a response to the forces of bigotry and intolerance, which seek to undermine our hard-fought battle for pluralism.
We ask all MAV supporters to join us in advocating for the sector, and get behind these campaigns:
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS
Image: Then VS Now, Embrace Your Frizzique, Emerge in the West 2019, photo by Wild Hardt