Goal 2:To encourage the use of emerging technologies and new ideas that support the development of new artworks and the creative industries and that enable more people to access and participate in arts and culture.
The people of Australia live, breath, swim in the arts and culture. ‘Emerging technologies’ are not on the fringes, patiently waiting to be asked for a dance. They are shaking each and every one of us to our core, in most aspects of our rapidly changing lives. This was predicted in the Creative Nation Policy of 1994, and it has occurred.
The National Cultural Policy is a vital attempt to imagine our collective waking future. Already the stuff of yesterday’s dreams is woven into the fabric of today. ‘Supporting’ these changes is out of the question. With hard work, intelligence, strategy and tactics we may achieve forgiveness and survival in the face of our current uncertain fluidised international cultural landscape.
We need to focus on a pro-active National Cultural Policy framework, enabling civic engagement and valuing arts and creative industries, not as emerging wall-flowers but respectfully as powerful forces and tools currently shaping our world.