The State Government has outlined a new 10-year roadmap for the arts and cultural sector in Queensland to help revitalise creative industries, support infrastructure and jobs, and power Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.

Launching Creative Together: A 10-year Roadmap for arts, culture and creativity, Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the strategy reinforced the government’s commitment to the role of arts and culture in building a brighter creative future. “Creative Together outlines a clear vision to renew and transform Queensland through creativity over the next decade, made possible because of our positive health response to COVID-19,” Ms Enoch said.

“Creative Together focuses on five key priority areas to elevate Queensland’s First Nations arts, drive social change across the State, strengthen Queensland communities, share our stories and celebrate our storytellers, and activate Queensland’s local places and global digital spaces.”

Minister Enoch said the $22.5 million Arts and Cultural Recovery Package announced in June was a down payment on Creative Together and would support the Roadmap’s first two-year action plan, Sustain 2020-2022. “Since the onset of COVID-19, the Palaszczuk Government has implemented more than $42.5 million worth of measures to support the arts and cultural sector,” she said.

“The Arts and Cultural Recovery Package is a key part of the Roadmap’s initial action plan with a focus on stabilising Queensland’s arts companies, securing jobs for artists and arts workers, and delivering COVID-safe cultural experiences to Queensland audiences. “This is already making a difference with funding of over $9 million already committed as part of the Package, which is supporting the employment of artists, and the reactivation of venues with rich arts experiences,” she said.

“Through the Indigenous Art Centre Uplift program, we are injecting $610,000 through the Recovery Package into 14 Indigenous Arts Centres (IACs), and further programs will support new Indigenous Art Centres, and the development and presentation of works by First Nations artists and arts workers,” Ms Enoch said.

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