Arts and Culture


Damian Thomas
Strategy Manager, Social and Community

Phone: 02 9242 4000 
[email protected]

Arts - Past LGNSW Initiatives

  • Communities and Culture – LGNSW Research into Arts, Culture and Heritage (July 2017) – Communities and Culture is a unique, qualitative study undertaken by LGNSW that identifies how councils deliver arts, culture and heritage services. In doing so, it highlights that existing quantitative data vastly under-represents the actual commitment of councils in NSW.
  • Framework for Cultural Development Planning – Developed by the Cultural Development Network, this framework offers a step-by-step guide for cultural development staff to create plans that will best serve their communities, using an evidence-based, outcome-focused approach. It recommends the creation of a Cultural Development Plan that responds to the Community Strategic Plan, and is supported by Annual Business Plans for the department, project plans for specific activities, and individual staff work plans.
  • The Creative Ageing LG Grants Program – This program supported NSW council projects, designed to increase the number of older people participating in creative activities. The program was delivered with the support of the NSW Government through the Office for Ageing. Projects were completed by March 2015.
  • 2014 Local Government Arts and Culture Summit – Held on 26-27 May 2014 as part of VIVID Ideas, this summit showcased 63 local government initiatives for arts and culture.
  • LGNSW partnered with Arts NSW to help councils pursue the Fourth Cultural Accord (PDF, 296KB). The Accord commenced on 1 January 2011 and concluded on 31 December 2013.
  • All Culture is Local: Good Practice in Regional Cultural Mapping and Planning for Local Government (Nov 2013) – This publication was produced as part of the Australian Research Council-funded research project, CAMRA (Cultural Asset Mapping in Regional Australia). Over a five-year period, four universities, four local governments, and peak regional, state and federal government agencies sought to develop knowledge that would enable better informed planning for arts and cultural development in rural and regional communities.