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NIACA Regional Summits

Calling First Nations Australians – attend a NIACA Regional Summit

The Regional Summits are the next phase in the development of the proposed National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority (NIACA). The Australia Council’s role as secretariat is to host Regional Summits in partnership with First Nations organisations to reach out to those regional communities of artists, organisations and cultural knowledge holders to ensure they are actively involved in these important discussions. The Regional Summits have been established so that the First Nations community can come together to discuss the nomination and selection process of regional representatives to attend the National Summit scheduled for the second half of 2020. 

The Regional Summits will align with upcoming key regional industry events and offer an opportunity to report back on the consultation forums held throughout 2018 and 2019 and the topics, themes, issues and concerns that have been discussed across the country.  

The Regional Summits will assist the Australia Council to develop the structure and content in designing the National Summit program. 

The 2020 National Summit gathering will bring together the nominated First Nations community representatives from the Regional Summits, to decide on the structure, activities, future directions and policies, of a National Indigenous Arts and Culture Authority (NIACA). The 2020 National Summit will be coordinated in conjunction with States and Territory agencies with reference to their First Nations arts and culture plans and strategies. 

Other discussion points at the Regional Summits will be to: 

  • update on the current progress of developing the NIACA 
  • highlight key themes, topics and issues arising from the NIACA consultations 
  • discuss regional arts and cultural priorities with you to grow, empower, and achieve a thriving arts and cultural future
  • seek expressions of interest for regional representatives to attend the National Summit scheduled for the second half of 2020.    

As a result of the work undertaken so far, it is evident that at a regional and local level, there is a great diversity of artistic and cultural strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; and this impacts on the priorities of artists, arts organisations and communities and their capacity and capability to participate, engage and benefit from  an organisation such as a NIACA. 

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