Goethe-Institut to host public discussion on The State of Arts Funding
Arts practitioners, arts organisations and other interested parties are invited to a crucial discussion on The State of Arts Funding taking place at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg on Monday, 22 April at 18:00.
Convened by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) and Arterial Network South Africa (ANSA), and hosted by the Goethe-Institut, the debate brings together a heavyweight panel that will lead the discussion on the current state of arts funding, focusing on public, private and philanthropic funding challenges in South Africa.
Andre le Roux, managing director of the SAMRO Foundation, BASA Board member, and Chairperson of Arterial Network South Africa, will chair the event.
Panelists include Monica Newton, currently of the National Arts Council, and soon to take a position with the Department of Arts and Culture; Michelle Constant: CEO of Business and Arts South Africa; Gabrielle Ritchie of Inyathelo: SA Institute for Advancement and member of the Funding Practice Alliance; and Joseph Gaylard of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa. Representatives from the National Lotteries Board and the Department of Trade and Industry have been invited to join the panel.
The decision by BASA and ANSA to convene a public discussion comes in the wake of a number of key developments in the funding landscape in South Africa – including the planned review of the White Paper for Arts, Culture and Heritage on the part of the Department of Arts and Culture
It also comes at a time when there is increased focus on the developmental impact and regional spread of arts funding on the part of agencies such as the National Arts Council and the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund. In addition, the review of the policy framework governing the National Lotteries Board and the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund, initiated by the Department of Trade and Industry in the latter part of 2012, will be an important factor to consider in the public discussion.
“Over the past year, BASA has focused intently on arts funding, and in particular on developing ways that businesses can measure the effectiveness of an arts sponsorship,” says Constant. “We consider this upcoming public discussion to be a crucial way to engage all stakeholders around the current funding framework that exists in South Africa”.
Le Roux, said, “We look forward to the occasion providing an opportunity for wider public discussion and awareness of the Lottery Policy Review process. We believe that the recommendations that ANSA submitted to the Department of Trade and Industry late last year, if taken seriously, will have far-reaching and positive implications for artists and arts organisations.”
Event: The State of Arts funding in South Africa: A Public Discussion
Date: Monday, 22 April
Venue: Auditorium, Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg