In collaboration with Australian Theatre for Young People, the CREATE Centre is holding a Public Forum with arts workers and educators to get the word out there that this is something the Australian public needs and wants. 

Arts and Arts Education In Crisis Public Forum
5pm Monday 2 May
Rebel Theatre, ATYP, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Dawes Point, Sydney

Professor Michael Anderson will lead a panel of artists and educators to tackle the full range of issues surrounding needs, hopes and ambitions for a more creative future.  The panel will share their perspectives about the many implications of the current crises in Arts and Arts Education. Together the forum will  collaboratively imagine, with an impending election, what changes can enable an Arts-led healing and renewal of our communities.

Speakers on the panel will include:
Neville Williams-Boney: Independent Wiradjuri/Weilwan Artist, working on Darug ngura
Jane Caro: Author, activist, social commentator, feminist, theatre lover and Senate candidate
Penelope Benton: Visual Artist, Executive Director of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), and Deputy Chair of the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE)
Laura Jade Hindes: Visual Artist working at the intersection of sculpture, electronics, neuroscience and mental health

The Arts are imperative for making meaning in today’s world. The research demonstrates they are transformative for our health, wellbeing and learning potential. They are especially beneficial as we face trauma and rolling crises. Yet many Australian politicians and policymakers have taken a limited view of arts education for the last three decades. Arts companies, artists and arts educators remain severely underfunded, without recognition of the role they play in shaping quality of life and learning. There is a lack of material support for the Arts as crucial to the development of our imaginations and creativities. At this forum we will listen and speak about how we can change this, and we welcome everybody interested in the future of arts education in Australia.

We would love to see you there. Check the Facebook page on the day for the link to livestream the event, if you can’t join in person.

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Posted by Ian Thomson / Feature image by Pavel Danilyuk