Art asks questions, and demands that we do the same. Art needs advocates to amplify the forums in which it is discussed, expand the spaces where it finds an audience, and grow the ways it can be supported.
Here's some resources and starting points for your arts advocacy discussions:
The Regional Arts Victoria Arts Advocacy Toolkit
Keen to talk up our state of the arts this year, but don’t know where to start?
It’s full of great tips on how to inspiring discussions about the arts, how to build your relationship with your local member, and how to join a critical mass discussion on social media.
Throughout May and June 2016, across the nation we're all activating the #ausvotesarts hashtag to stimulate widespread discussion about the arts. we encourage you to join us - and you'll find some tips on how to advocate in our Advocacy Toolkit.
Our blog: Inspiring Arts
Our blog is a space for the exchange of ideas about inspiring arts across the state. There are articles on advocacy, creative practice, festivals, touring, education, and mental health at work, as well as reviews of recent shows. Inspiring Arts is written by Regional Arts Victoria's staff. Follow it at inspiringarts.rav.net.au
Here's some of the past images we've circulated - each one a provocation about the power of art in our lives.
ABOVE: Painted Sticks (2014) by Years 3-4 at Natimuk Primary School. Presented in the Goat Gallery at the launch of the Natimuk Small Town Transformations project. Photo by Esther Anatolitis.
ABOVE: A Regional Arts Victoria Regional Cultural Network gathering at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Photo by Pia Richardson.
ABOVE: Shrouds by Erika Diettes Sudarios at the 2013 Ballarat International Foto Biennale. Photo by Malcolm Sanders.
ABOVE: Twig project by Fred Fowler. Photo by Greg Cruikshank.
ABOVE: The end of the Dookie Earthed evening at the quarry, Dookie, a Small Town Transformations opening event. Photo by Esther Anatolitis.
Join us by sharing your own arts advocacy using #inspiringarts.