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Table of contents
- Lord Mayor's introduction
- Executive summary
- Our shared vision for Brisbane
- A profile of people who benefit from better access and inclusion in Brisbane
- Council's history of access and inclusion initiatives
- Reflection on Council's changing approach to access and inclusion
- How this plan was developed
- Implementation, monitoring and reporting
- An innovative local government role
Brisbane is a creative city with diverse and accessible arts and cultural programs and a growing creative industries sector. Council has a vision for a community that is innovative and creative, with opportunities to actively participate in the cultural life of our diverse and vibrant city.
Council owns Brisbane Powerhouse, Museum of Brisbane and Riverstage, major venues that host international performances and exhibitions, and also provide opportunities for diverse community participation in cultural activities. Council is a partner in signature city festivals including Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Peaks to Points, Brisbane Writers' Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Buddha's Birthday, Valley Fiesta, Chinese New Year and August Moon festivals, as well as more than 40 local community festivals.
Council's main role is to support local festivals and events, public performances, young and emerging artists, public art and community arts projects across the city and suburbs that express Brisbane's cultural life and creativity and animate our public spaces. We work in partnership with local community and arts organisations.
Where we are
Council's mainstream arts and culture programs have been implemented by event producers and community cultural development workers who have a personal and professional commitment to inclusion, reflecting the strong support for inclusion that is an essential feature of Brisbane's arts and culture scene.
Brisbane Powerhouse is our leading arts performance venue and often provides programming that is accessible and celebrates inclusion. The Museum of Brisbane explores Brisbane's people, places, communities and stories. The award winning Remembering Goodna exhibition recognised the social history of one of Brisbane's mental health institutions.
Council's Community Grants program provides funding to local non-profit community groups to promote creativity, culture or the arts. Several recent projects have had an access and inclusion focus:
- Artist Citizens, an exhibition showcasing the works of artists with mental illness
- Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland, theatre workshops for young people with and without disabilities, culminating in the Screech theatrical production
- Deaf Services Queensland, holiday arts workshops for teenagers
- Artrageous Community Arts Centre, photographic project and exhibition for seniors and people with a disability
- Queensland Association for the Deaf, Deaf Festival 2009
- Sunshine Welfare and Remedial Association, musical theatre adaptation of the screenplay of ‘Grease'
We take on board community feedback that many arts and cultural events are not inclusive and will work to address these issues over the life of this plan.
Where we want to be
We want all Brisbane residents and visitors to experience a city that is innovative and creative where they can actively participate in a range of cultural and arts programs that foster inclusion across Brisbane's diverse communities.
- Be an inspirational leader, working in a range of cultural and arts partnerships that foster inclusion.
- Support Brisbane artists who have a disability to express themselves and find an audience for their work.
- Make our festivals, events and community celebrations more accessible and welcoming for everyone.
Existing actions that will continue
Museum of Brisbane
The Museum of Brisbane will continue to have an inclusive approach in its exhibitions, installations and events celebrating the communities and culture of Brisbane.
Creative Sparks and Community Grants
We will continue to provide funding to local artists and non-profit community groups to promote creativity, culture and the arts – encouraging applications over the life of this plan for projects with a focus on access and inclusion.
City Entertainment program
We will continue to provide free concerts in accessible venues around Brisbane.
Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships
We will continue to support young and emerging Brisbane artists and arts workers aged between 17 and 30 who wish to join national or international training and development programs – encouraging applications from artists with disabilities or whose work has an access and inclusion focus.
Inclusive Community Arts Activities
We will continue to support inclusive community arts activities to facilitate creative learning experiences that bring together diverse groups of people in highly accessible and supportive environments. These activities will feature artists and arts workers with disabilities, adding to the numbers in Brisbane with skills and experience in facilitating accessible and inclusive creative processes.
New initiatives or extensions
- Museum of Brisbane carers' exhibition. The Museum of Brisbane will schedule an exhibition exploring the experiences of carers in Brisbane and celebrating their contribution to the life of the city.
- Photo exhibitions. We will continue to use photography or other creative media to raise awareness of the experience of disability in Brisbane and celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
- New guidelines to develop a consistent approach to events. We will establish new guidelines for Council events (building on the Green Events guidelines being developed in 4.5.3) to ensure that different work units take a consistent approach to delivering events that are accessible and inclusive.
- Accessible and inclusive festivals. We will make implementation of the accessible events guidelines a condition of Council funding for signature city festivals (e.g. Brisbane Festival, Valley Fiesta, Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane International Film Festival). We will encourage the suburban community and multicultural festivals we support to adopt these guidelines and work with them to enhance their capacity to implement the guidelines.