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 …

Australian Academy of the Humanities Media Release

Humanities hit hardest when needed more than ever

AAH News Media release, Policy & Research

The Australian Academy of the Humanities today expressed deep concern about the Government’s changes to university fee structures, which disproportionally affect the humanities and call into question the very role of the 21st century university. “This is potentially the greatest hit to Australia’s humanities sector in a century”, said Professor Joy Damousi, President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. …

Academy offers support for national recognition of First Nations People

AAH News Academy, Media release

As Australia marks the 20th anniversary of our national reconciliation walks of 2000, the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) acknowledges the role and contribution of Indigenous researchers and knowledge custodians in telling and sharing our national story. “Australia’s humanities researchers have played a central role in recognising Indigenous culture, history, knowledge and practice as foundational to this story’, said …

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 …

Australian Academy of the Humanities Media Release

Welcoming strategic investment for humanities research

AAH News Media release

The Australian Academy of the Humanities today welcomed the establishment of a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Initiative (SRI) for research into Australian culture, history, and society announced yesterday by the Minister for Education, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP. The focus of the scheme will be for research into “the way in which we live today and how …

Australian Academy of the Humanities Media Release

A new decade provides an opportunity to rebuild trust in our core national institutions

AAH News Media release

As we start a new decade, Australians have the opportunity to consider what makes our nation special, while at the same time, reflecting on where, and why, we might be losing our way. The tragedy of this summer’s bushfires, and the incredible collective response by volunteer firefighters, donors, neighbours and communities, has shone a light on some of our nation’s …

Statement about the Australian Bushfire Tragedy

AAH News Academy, Media release

The Australian Academy of the Humanities offers its deepest condolences to all affected by the unprecedented bushfires which have created so much devastation since September last year. While the cost in the loss of properties, businesses, community facilities and wildlife is still being assessed – and is expected to run into many billions of dollars – our hearts go out …

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), …

Welcoming our newly elected Fellows

AAH News Academy, Media release

We are delighted to announce the election of 25 outstanding researchers and practitioners to the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the highest honour for achievement in the humanities in Australia. “In our 50th anniversary year, I am honoured to welcome the new members of our Fellowship, elected in recognition of their distinguished achievement in the humanities disciplines and their contribution …

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 …