What are the four drivers that have shaped Australia’s policy settings for arts and culture?

AAH News A New Approach, Media release, Policy & Research

A New Approach today released its fourth report, Behind the scenes: Drivers of arts and cultural policy settings in Australia and beyond. As a nation we are facing unprecedented challenges, as we wrestle with the consequences of back-to-back bushfire and pandemic crises as well as Australia’s first recession in 29 years. Arts and culture have a significant role to play …

Government package for Australian arts, culture and entertainment welcomed

AAH News A New Approach, Media release

As Australia charts a path beyond the COVID-19 lockdown, independent arts and culture think tank A New Approach (ANA) has welcomed today’s announcement from the Federal Government of a targeted financial package to get our arts, culture and entertainment industry up and running again. ANA Program Director Kate Fielding said ‘The Federal Government’s $250 million injection throws a lifeline that …

Middle Australia says arts and culture are fundamental to Australia’s way of life

AAH News A New Approach, Media release

A key research report ‘A view from middle Australia: Perceptions of arts, culture and creativity’ commissioned by independent arts and culture think tank, A New Approach (ANA), captures Australians’ passion about the role art and culture plays in our lives. At a time when our nation has had to invent new ways to be creative, the report released today reveals …

Our cultural and creative future at the crossroads

AAH News A New Approach, Academy, Policy & Research

The first quarter of 2020 can best be summed up in one word – ‘unprecedented’. From severe drought, to calamitous bushfires, and now COVID-19, every element of our lives has been touched in some way. The Australian Academy of the Humanities offers its deepest sympathies to those experiencing loss, illness, isolation and financial strain at this extraordinary time. The Academy champions …

Cultural workers can roll up sleeves to heal our charred communities

AAH News A New Approach

By Kate Fielding, A New Approach Program Director. First published in The Australian, 20 January 2020. Our nation is still reeling from widespread bushfire attacks on our communities and natural environment. The devastation of life, property, livelihood and cultural heritage already has been monumental, yet we are only halfway through summer. In responding to the fires, we have seen incredible …

New report reveals impacts of arts and culture on aging, health, learning, jobs and loneliness

AAH News A New Approach, Media release

The evidence is clear: when people engage in cultural or creative activities, they generally have better educational outcomes, are less lonely, are healthier both physically and mentally, and enjoy a happier and healthier life in old age. These are the findings of a new report, Transformative: Impacts of Culture and Creativity, produced by independent think tank A New Approach (ANA), …

New report presents the big picture on government arts and culture funding

AAH News A New Approach, Media release

A new report released today by independent think tank, A New Approach (ANA), shows local governments are seeing the value of arts and culture in their communities, and are responding by stepping up their financial commitment and playing a bigger role in government support for arts and culture. The report, The Big Picture: public expenditure on artistic, cultural and creative …

Leading researchers appointed to Australian arts and culture think tank

AAH News A New Approach, Media release

Five eminent Australian researchers have been appointed to support A New Approach – the independent think tank created to champion effective investment and return in Australia’s arts and culture. Over the coming 18 months, A New Approach will release a series of research reports and case studies that explore the diverse benefits of arts and cultural activity as well as …

Rupert Myer to lead new advisory group for Australian arts and culture think tank

AAH News A New Approach

Renowned Australian arts philanthropist, Rupert Myer, will chair a new 10-member Reference Group to provide strategic advice for A New Approach, the independent think tank tasked with championing Australia’s investment and return in arts and culture. The Reference Group will help guide the work of A New Approach, which aims to strengthen bipartisan, business and community support for arts and …

‘A New Approach’ update

AAH News A New Approach

On behalf of A New Approach, I am delighted to provide an update on the initiative. An important meeting of A New Approach’s Steering Committee took place in early September. The Committee discussed the development of the program of work and is chaired by the Academy’s President Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA with representatives from the funding partners The Myer …