Region Group Editor Genevieve Jacobs has been appointed chair of the first Minister’s Creative Council, which will advise the ACT Government on arts and cultural sector issues to inform future policy development.
Minister for the Arts and Cultural Events, Gordon Ramsay announced the 11 appointees yesterday (6 November), with Jack Lloyd to be Deputy Chair.
Other members include Ben Fox, Andrew Galan, Megan Hinton, Liz Lea, Tamzin Nugent, Adelaide Rief, Michael Sollis and Sia Ahmad, and Jilda Andrews representing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Network.
Ms Jacobs said Canberra was at a pivotal point of expansion into a thriving, diverse city.
“The arts play a major role in knitting together our community, from Tharwa to Nicholls, to Jerrambomberra and Belconnen,” she said. “We’ll work towards creating an inclusive arts ecosystem that opens up opportunities for everyone to participate, and where we use the arts to tell our story across the ACT in many ways.
“It’s an exciting time to come together, and I’m really looking forward to working with a terrific group of arts people to harness all our ideas and energy.”
Mr Ramsay congratulated the appointees, saying he too was looking forward to working with this group which he saw as an important conduit between the arts community and the ACT Government.
“The combined diverse experience and strong community ties of the Minister’s Creative Council will deliver great outcomes for Canberra’s arts sector,” Mr Ramsay said.
“I would also like to thank the people that took the time to express their interest in the council. We received a very strong field of 87 high calibre applications. I am thrilled with the outcome and interest we received.”
According to the Minister, the Minister’s Creative Council will provide strategic advice to the ACT Government on the arts and sector issues and assist the Government to develop policies that will promote and advance the arts across government and community, reflecting the importance of the arts to all.
The Minister will use the Council to explore and test ideas, with the Council being a group of creative people who can use their unique perspective and expertise to contribute to positive discussion and practical advice on the arts in Canberra.