Art & Design

Nov 9, 2012

Arts is local, storytelling digital, in co-creative communities

Community arts and cultural development is in transition. There might be a lack of policy direction, but grassroots organisations are getting on with the business of creating.

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

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

Digital art

Community arts is in transition. It’s been seven years since the Australia Council abolished its Community Cultural Development Board, a bold stroke that many thought signalled the beginning of the end of mainstream arts funding for community cultural development (or “CCD” as it’s universally abbreviated to in the sector). Many state arts agencies followed suit, defunding service organisations such as CCD NSW.

But CCD is hard to kill. People who work in community arts and cultural development are a motivated bunch, and most are doing it for reasons that having nothing to do with the size of their pay cheque. Just as importantly, technology is playing to the sector’s advantage. Social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook have given new power to ordinary citizens, who no longer need to work with professional filmmakers or artists to tell their own stories.

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  1. Andrew Chalmers

    Your article highlights the very reason why CCD doesn’t need boards for legitimacy – CCD is happening everywhere, across the sector from top to bottom in some degree or another. CCD was great when it began – highlighting the need for the sector to engage with grassroots and multicultural communities.
    They’re out of the era of needing legitimacy and no discussion paper or talkfest board appointment will help what is a thriving sector. Congratulations.

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