Who we are and what we do
Who are and what we do
Creating Australia (CA) is an independent not-for-profit organisation, established in 2013 as part of the Australia Council’s National Sector Development Initiative . At its’ formation the purpose of CA was to act as a cross-sector organisation for the Australian community arts and cultural development sector, and from 2013-2015 CA initiated a number of projects and events including: partnering with the Griffith Review to publish its 2014 Winter Edition – Cultural Solutions; launching CACD500 an online project documentation platform; and hosting The Rights of Culture Summit: a conversation about Indigenous freedoms which examined ways to build the visibility and sustainability of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander cultural practice. (Read the report from the Summit)
In 2016, CA merged with the Cultural Development Network (CDN). CDN advocates for a stronger role for cultural expression to build a healthier, more engaged, sustainable and creative society and stresses the importance of local government in nurturing cultural vitality, seeing the arts, within culture, as central to this vision.
Focusing on the synergies and shared goals of both organisations, CA now functions as a valuable research platform, intended to build the evidence base for the impacts of cultural practice. The evaluation of pilot projects and initiatives within the arts and culture sector will create a wealth of new learnings for artists and local government working with communities.
It is anticipated that CA’s first research project will commence in 2017, in partnership with the philanthropic and local government sectors.