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Fielding to direct Australian Academy of the Humanities arts advocacy program

The Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) has appointed Kate Fielding as program director of its $1.65m arts advocacy initiative ‘A New Approach’, which aims to champion investment and return in arts and culture.

Fielding, a former board member of the Australia Council and chair of Regional Arts Australia, will commence in the role on 15 January 2018. She will oversee the program’s aims to ‘advance a coherent, comprehensive policy position to help build better political and institutional settings’ and promote ‘the benefits of Australia’s arts and cultural sectors as critical to our nation’s future’.

Fielding will also seek financial support from ‘like-minded organisations and individuals’ to broaden the program’s reach.

In a statement, Fielding highlighted the need for ‘broad and effective’ advocacy in the arts. ‘We are drowning in evidence of the central role that arts, culture and the creative industries play in our identity, our economic strength, our social cohesion, our innovation and our wellbeing. But we are still thirsty for broad and effective advocacy which shifts public perceptions and the policy environment,’ said Fielding.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, in 2016 Australian philanthropic organisations the Myer Foundation, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Keir Foundation pledged $1.65m for the establishment of an Australian arts and culture advocacy program. The ‘New Approach’ program was subsequently launched in August 2017.

‘We are truly delighted to have secured someone with Kate’s skills and experience in governance, advocacy, development and innovation,’ said the Myer Foundation CEO Leonard Vary.

For more information on the program, click here.


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