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RANSW CEO welcomes 'Create in NSW' Cultural Policy Framework

Regional Arts NSW CEO, Elizabeth Rogers, says she is delighted to see an acknowledgement of the work being done in the regions through the network of 14 Regional Arts Boards (RABs) and a focus on rural and regional communities in the Create in NSW: NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework announced by the Baird Government.

Jointly launched by the Premier, Mike Baird and the Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, the framework includes a commitment to spend $34 million over four years for regional NSW programs including a new initiative to support emerging young artists.

Two of the key actions of the framework as it relates to regional communities are to collaborate with local governments in regional NSW with a focus on opportunities for creative hubs and cultural precincts, and to support self-determined practice and creating professional development pathways for artists and for arts and cultural workers.

‘These actions will further strengthen the role local government plays through its contribution and partnership with  the RABs, and will build on the work being done by the Regional Arts Development Officers, Project Officers and our 12 Aboriginal Arts Development Officers that supports the cultural life of their communities,’ Ms Rogers said.

Mr Baird said the ten year framework for contemporary New South Wales draws on the strengths and ambitions of residents, artists, cultural workers and arts organisations across the diverse communities of Metropolitan Sydney, Western Sydney and Regional NSW, and sets a vision for a future in which arts and culture are central to the life of the state.

The framework also aims to place the state’s arts and culture in a global context and this will be facilitated  through artist exchange opportunities and export support to showcase artists, companies and their works to the widest possible audience.

Read the full details of the framework here.

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