Art & Design

Nov 2, 2012

Art an important pathway to Asian engagement

The federal government's Asian white paper highlights the contribution the arts sector can make to engagement with the region. Local artists and institutions are already reaching out.

Ben Eltham — <em>Crikey</em> arts commentator

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

I don’t often get to write a good news story in this column. But the release of the federal government’s Asian Century white paper offers one, because for once in an important Australian government policy document the arts and culture are a significant and integral part of the discussion.

The white paper devotes serious attention to the role of the arts and culture in the coming century. On page 252, for instance, it states:

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2 thoughts on “Art an important pathway to Asian engagement

  1. Vincent O'Donnell

    Add this to Ben Eltham’s observation. The weekly radio program Arts Alive on the Community Radio Network, has carried more programming about the arts in Asia than has ABC Radio National. There is a lot more engagement with the arts and culture of Asia at the Asia Link level and lower than there is among most government agencies.

    A little government recognition would go a long way.

  2. Dented

    Barry O’Farrell needs to seriously reconsider the true value of visual arts education before implementing his govt’s demolition of the creative arts courses in TAFE

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