Government and the Arts; an oppositional relationship
E361 visual cultured resource room
Level 3, John Medley Building
The funding of arts and culture in this country reflects a political climate that does not take culture, or the arts practices it spawns, seriously. While a 2017 survey reinforced that 98% of the community engage with the arts, there is little acknowledgement or respect paid to artists and cultural producers at the political level. In its 2018 budget the federal government predicted an overall expenditure of $488.58 billion. Within this total, $1.3 billion - a little more than a quarter of 1% - was allocated to arts and cultural heritage. Many nations spend a great deal more as a percentage of their budget, including nations far poorer or smaller in population than ours.
Associate Professor Jo Caust, Honorary Principal Fellow
Associate Professor Jo Caust
Honorary Principal Fellow
The University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Jo Caust is an Honorary (Principal Fellow) in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne and formerly Associate Professor in Arts and Cultural Management in the School of Management at the University of South Australia. She is Founder Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management and is the author of Arts Leadership in Contemporary Contexts (Routledge). She has also worked in the arts sector as an arts practitioner, manager, bureaucrat and consultant.