GS Creative Exchange launches regional strategy

Published on Thursday, 29 April 2021 at 2:08:59 PM

Together art, culture and heritage create a sense of identity for our community and now a Great Southern Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy is being created to harness our regions individuality.

City of Albany, Great Southern Development Commission, local governments, creative groups and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries are engaging community across the region in development of this arts, culture and heritage strategy.

Titled GS Creative Exchange, the strategy will provide a vision and direction for connecting people and places while boosting investment in the arts, culture and heritage programs and services.

In 2017 the WA Arts and Culture Monitor study showed the need to improve access to the arts across regional WA for the benefit of regional participation and fuel regional tourism through this sector.

The aim of the strategy includes bringing social and economic benefits to the region, strengthening creative communities, growing capacity and celebrating our indigenous heritage and regional identity.

Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe said the Great Southern Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy intends to attract investment and visitation to the region.

“We have an incredibly talented, passionate and diverse range of groups and individuals within the arts, culture and heritage industry who will benefit from the support and structure this strategy will offer them,” he said.

“Giving the local arts, culture and heritage industry a platform on which to showcase their talents will boost our economy, social environment and tourism footprint across the Great Southern.

“This is an exciting opportunity for all creative individuals, groups and communities to have their say in the future of their sector and play a key part in the creation of the arts, culture and heritage vision for the region.”

The online survey is available for residents to complete via the website before 14 May and the first of multiple workshops across the Great Southern will take place in Albany on 12 and 13 May.

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