Grow guides arts sector and audiences in Queensland’s next action plan

Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

The next action plan from Creative Together 2020-2030: A 10-year Roadmap for arts, culture and creativity in Queensland will guide the vision for Queensland as a state renewed by arts, culture and creativity.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said as we transition from a period of recovery to a focus on the future, the Palaszczuk Government has released a reframed Creative Together 2020-2030 and second action plan Grow 2022-2026.

“We have updated Creative Together to capture new opportunities and further realise the role of arts in supporting social, cultural and economic outcomes for all Queenslanders,” Minister Enoch said.

“Grow 2022-2026 will be boosted by additional funding of $50 million over four years, as announced in the 2022 – 2023 budget, activating new initiatives, events and experiences and bringing the total new investment in the Creative Together roadmap to almost $80 million since 2020.

“Grow marks the next stage of our journey, leading the way to Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games and strengthening the move to greater reconciliation through Path to Treaty.

“This will see Queensland fostering deeper partnerships and collaborations to strengthen and celebrate culture and country, and to acknowledge Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts as unique and powerful expressions of cultural identity,” Minister Enoch said.

Robert Kronk Flipside Circus CEO / Artistic Director said circus is a multi-modal form that thrives on collaboration, experimentation and risk taking.

“It’s the perfect vehicle to engage and empower communities, to help tell our stories, and imagine and create the future,” Mr Kronk said.

“Over the next few years, we are looking forward to building on our organisation’s strengths and expanding our engagements with young people, artists, and communities.

“We are also focussed on growing our collaborations with other artists/companies, our partnerships with communities, particularly in regional and remote Queensland, and our relationships with presenters around the country,” Mr Kronk said.

Minister Enoch said Grow 2022-2026 followed on from the success of Creative Together’s first action plan, Sustain 2020 – 2022.

“Sustain 2020-2022, underpinned by the $22.5 million two-year Arts and Cultural Recovery Package, and a further $7 million for Queensland’s live music industry, reinforced the recovery and rebuilding of the arts and cultural sector following the impacts of COVID.

“Sustain had a key focus on generating employment and delivering COVID safe cultural experiences to Queensland audiences,” the Minister said.

“The Arts and Cultural Recovery Package created over 10,000 employment opportunities and presented COVID-safe cultural experiences to more than two million audience members.

“The additional commitment of $7 million for live music supported 26 of Queensland’s dedicated indoor live music venues to offset operational costs, stabilise operations and create employment,” Minister Enoch said.

Grow 2022-2026 and the reframed Creative Together were developed through consultation with the sector and stakeholders.

To read Grow 2022-2026, Sustain highlights and the reframed Creative Together go to www.arts.qld.gov.au/creative-together

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