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Grow the arts, reap the harvest

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By Michael Richards

Published: 2006
ISBN: 978-1-921214-03-5
Pages: 133
Imprint: Post Pressed


Having dedicated my life to the creative arts, to expressing my own creativity and nurturing creativity in others, I empathise with Michael Richards and appreciate and deeply respect his contribution as an arts practitioner, catalyst and commentator. He earns my hearty congratulations and commendations for this incisive, revealing and inspirational book, in which he stresses the central role of the arts in human life and explains the benefits they deliver. Through objective analysis and refreshingly clear argument he exposes and dispels common prejudices and misconceptions, and provides a theoretical framework for arts policy makers, managers and practitioners.

His thesis that the arts grow organically matches my own belief that they express the primal life force, a force that flows through us and around us, and through everything that lives. The arts constitute a garden in which we all commune with the life force, in which we grow physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually, and without which we cannot live. We have a responsibility to tend this garden with passion and dedication, and to nourish its enduring cycles of evolution and growth.

This ground-breaking and vital book shows us how. It is the result of sustained and tenacious research, combining an artist's passionate perception and imagination with a professional academic's intellectual rigour. It deserves to be influential. I am confident that it will be, and that it will have far-reaching ramifications for the arts, and for the way we nurture them and help them grow.

From the Preface by Dr Irene Amos, OAM

Table of Contents


Part A: Preliminaries

  • Introduction
  • The Research Project
  • Thanks
  • Apologies
  • Research Outcomes

Part B: Key Ideas and Definitions

  • The Arts
  • Nurturing the Arts
  • Regions and Regional
  • Cultural Industries and the Arts
  • Excellence and the Arts
  • Community, the Arts and Elites
  • How the Arts Improve our Lives

Part C: The Past

  • How Arts Councils Began
  • Arts Council in Queensland

Part D: The LAC and Its Community

  • Audience and Membership
  • The Volunteers
  • Engaging the Community

Part E: Looking Ahead

  • Growing the Arts
  • The LAC Network
  • Eight Principles
  • Final Thoughts
  • A Note on Sources

Appendix I
Appendix II

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