Cultural Forum – latest communique

The communique for the 11th National Local Government Cultural Forum (Cultural Forum), held on 17 May 2018, is now available.

The Cultural Forum is an initiative of the Cultural Development Network with the Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Local Government Association, its member state and territory associations and capital cities, and the Commonwealth Ministry for the Arts.

The Cultural Forum aims to extend the quality, understanding, reach and profile of local government’s contribution to Australia’s cultural life.

The 11th meeting of the Cultural Forum agreed to progress the following activities:

1. Quality. A review of measurable economic outcomes that are intrinsic to engagement in cultural development activities (arts, libraries, heritage etc.) continued and will wrap up over the next few months.

2. Understanding. The results of the trial collection of ‘input’ data (resources applied) and ‘output’ data (activities resulting) from across the 22 council types in Australia, for 2016-2017, returned the first data of its type to be collected at a national level.

3. Reach. Through the first half of 2018 the development of CDN’s WhiteBox online outcomes planning platform continued with paper-based trials running in three councils and one national cultural institution.

4. Profile. The National Local Government Cultural Forum is a six-year initiative that commenced in 2013 and will be completed at the end of 2018.

The full communique from the Cultural Forum will be available on the Cultural Development Network website.