Regional Arts and Social Impact Project
ENABLING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES TO USE EVIDENCE-BASED RESEARCH ON ARTS ENGAGEMENT TO DEVELOP FUTURE INVESTMENTS BY GOVERNMENT AND PHILANTHROPIC FUNDERS TO ENHANCE JOBS GROWTH, LIVEABILITY FACTORS AND VISIBILITY OF ARTS AND CULTURE IN REGIONAL AUSTRALIA
The Role of the Creative Arts in Regional Australia: A Social Impact Model is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project that presents a rare opportunity to address the long standing problem facing regional and remote communities in Australia of how to strategically communicate and effectively evaluate the social impact of the creative arts in their communities.
This project will enable regional communities to use evidence-based
research on arts engagement to develop future investments by government
and philanthropic funders to enhance jobs growth, liveability factors
and visibility of arts and culture in regional Australia. The positive
impacts and benefits of arts and culture are well documented in the
areas of health, civic pride, crime reduction, economic opportunities
and development; however, arts policy and funding remains outside the
otherwise whole of government approach to regional policy.
The overarching goal of this project is to develop avenues and methods to include end users, through the voices of communities, in the decision making on how regional arts funding is dispensed and allocated.
The fieldwork will be conducted in the remote and geographically
dispersed regions of Central and Western Queensland on the lands of the
Inangai, Malintji and Kuunkari people in the town of Longreach, and the
Northwest Corridor of Tasmania, namely the city of Burnie which lies on
Palawa country. Both of these communities have existing active arts
ecosystems while also experiencing significant economic disadvantage and
rates of social exclusion.
The project will be led by Chief Investigator Associate Professor Sandra Gattenhof at the Queensland University of Technology with project partners including Regional Arts Australia, Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD), Red Ridge (Interior Queensland) Ltd, Burnie City Council, the Department of Communication and the Arts (DoCA), Performing Arts Connections Australia (PAC) and the Regional Australia Institute (RAI).
Ongoing information about this research project is available on the project website.