Cairns Regional Council's Strategy for Culture and the Arts 2022
Cultural Planning plays an important role in decision making and guides the delivery of cultural services. Cairns Regional Council’s Strategy for Culture and the Arts 2022 provides a framework for Council to prioritise, coordinate and manage the city’s resources, and deliver ongoing programming and provision of grants and infrastructure that will stimulate and sustain the cultural and creative vitality of the region.
Council has undertaken a staged and progressive process towards the development of the new Strategy for Cairns. This has included the completion of a Strategic Review in Stage 1 and the transition to a Strategy Setting phase in 2016 through community engagement.
The downloadable list of documents below and the body of work contained in these reports are the building blocks for the development of a brand new set of priorities for the future.
State of the Arts in Cairns
The inaugural State of the Arts Report (SoARTS) represents the first collation and study of data gained over the 2018/19 period and serves as a baseline for future investigation of the Cairns arts and creative sector. The SoARTS compilation of sector insights, and its suite of business, tourism and economic impact reports lay a solid foundation for creative and cultural development outcomes.
In March 2018 Cairns Regional Council endorsed the new Strategy for Culture and the Arts 2022. The Strategy provides a framework for Council to prioritise, coordinate and manage the city’s resources, and deliver ongoing programming and provision of grants and infrastructure that will stimulate and sustain the cultural and creative vitality of the region.
The State of the Arts in Cairns evaluative study is a partnership between Cairns Regional Council, James Cook University (JCU) and Central Queensland University (CQU). The project has been developed to monitor and measure the outcomes of the strategy and provide tangible evidence of the value of culture and the arts to the local community and economy.
We value all feedback, input and participation in this process.
To ensure confidentiality participants will not be identified by name in any reporting of the findings from the research. The personal information collected will not be disclosed to third parties. Questionnaires will de-identified and a copy of this data will be used to inform future project development and planning.
The expected benefits of the evaluative research
A key question of interest to Local Government in the field of Cultural Planning and Development is the relevance and effectiveness of arts and cultural programs to all sectors of the community.
Findings of this research will assist the Cairns Regional Council to make informed decisions about arts and cultural activities that will benefit the community as a whole based on community feedback about short, medium and long term outcomes from activities and events.