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Arts and Disability Program 2010 - 2014

In 2009, all state and territory governments committed to the National Arts and Disability Strategy, which was released by the Meeting of Cultural Ministers. The Tasmanian Government made a funding commitment of $1 million for the period 2010 – 2014 to facilitate the implementation of the National Arts and Disability Strategy. This funding was provided to Arts Tasmania and invested in a dedicated annual arts and disability grant program and the employment of two part-time Arts and Disability Program Officers.

Arts Tasmania’s Arts and Disability grants program invested over $458 000 in 2011 – 2013 to support individual artists with disability, arts organisations and disability organisations working on arts activities. This investment supported 35 projects – 19 organisations and 16 individuals with disability – across the state.

Arts Tasmania also delivered a number of Arts and Disability initiatives in addition to the grant program. For example, Arts Tasmania’s Open Captions Initiative enabled theatre performances to be captioned via live broadband technology over the course of one year. Arts Tasmania contracted The Captioning Studio to deliver the captions and partnered with the Tasmanian Deaf Society (TasDeaf), several theatre venues, Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island Festival and Terrapin Puppet Theatre in the delivery of the initiative. In addition, workshops for disability service providers were conducted on copyright and moral rights for artists with intellectual disability and acquired brain injury, and exhibition planning. Also, three Networking Forums for artists with and without disability were held in partnership with the Australia Business Arts Foundation (now Creative Partnerships Australia), Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island Festival, and Arts Access Australia.

More information about Arts Tasmania’s achievements on the National Arts and Disability Strategy can be read in the evaluation of the strategy released by the Meeting of Cultural Ministers in 2014. At this meeting, Ministers noted the efforts of all jurisdictions to ensure Australia’s artistic landscape reflects and is inclusive of the lived experiences of our diverse community and released the National Arts and Disability Strategy Evaluation 2009-12. (Please note this link directs you to the Meeting of Cultural Ministers web page, which is an external site – Arts Tasmania is not responsible for content on this site)