In the lead up to the upcoming federal election, let our politicians know that regional arts matters.
With the Government and the Opposition both recently announcing proposed returns to a budget surplus, it was disappointing to see the ignoring of consistent advocacy from the arts sector to increase the Regional Arts Fund and restore funding to the Australia Council. These two initiatives at $27 million dollars a year would barely dent the surplus.
As the election gets closer, Eastern Riverina Arts encourages everyone to get involved in letting our politicians know that the arts is important to you. Both Regional Arts Australia and NAVA are running election advocacy campaigns.
Regional Arts Australia
Regional Arts Australia is calling for an increase of at least $2 million per year to the Regional Arts Fund.
The RAF is an extensive national program, funded by the Australian Government and is one of the most successful funding programs supporting arts and culture in Australia. Between 2012 and 2016 the Regional Arts Fund supported 1,458 projects; 3,979,899 participants; 843 professional development opportunities; 1,943 artists and arts workers and 3,015 partnerships.
NAVA are calling for the next Government to invest in artistic courage with a range of priorities arguing:
- The visual arts are Australia’s number one artform by participation;
- Policy changes across recent years have disadvantaged individual artists the most
- Artists’ incomes are declining – and artists’ fair pay and IP rights are increasingly ignored
- Billions are being spent on new galleries all over Australia – with zero new investment in artists
- An investment in artists is a vision for Australia’s future
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
NAVA and Regional Arts Australia both have toolkits on their websites. They provide talking points, social media posts, form letters and more to help you spread the word.
WHO TO CONTACT?
Federal Arts Minister and Shadow Arts Minister
Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Minister for Communications and the Arts
42 Florence Street
Mentone VIC 3194
Hon Tony Burke MP
Shadow Minister for the Arts
PO Box 156
Punchbowl NSW 2196
If you live in Bland, Coolamon, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Junee, Lockhart, Temora, Wagga Wagga
Hon Michael McCormack
Deputy Prime Minister
Member for Riverina
Suite 2 11-15 Fitzmaurice St
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Labor Candidate for Riverina
Greens Candidate for Riverina
If you live in the Snowy Valleys
Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM, MP
PO Box 214
Queanbeyan, NSW, 2620
Liberal Candidate for Eden-Monaro
Greens Candidate for Eden-Monaro