Article is taken from ‘Times of Malta’ Wednesday, July 27, 2022 Page 4
The Arts Council Malta yesterday published its strategy for the next three years, following a nine-month consultation that saw more than 200 people express their views about improving Malta’s cultural sector.
Speaking at the launch the council’s director of funding and strategy, Mary Ann Cauchi, said the strategy is the council’s vision for “the arts to be at the heart of Malta’s future’.
She said the goal of the strategy is to push for art and culture to be included more in society, current affairs, the environment and social wellbeing.
The strategy, which was launched with the slogan “care, create, flourish” has six strategic goals – investing in and fostering diverse artistic and cultural expression; supporting and promoting the conditions in which Malta’s cultural and creative sectors can flourish; advocating and providing for community-led opportunities to engage in arts and culture; strengthening Malta’s international cultural relations to continue developing international artistic collaborations; nurturing cross-sectoral collaborations that contribute to Malta’s sustainable development; and facilitating cultural partners to build and strengthen organisational capacity.
The strategy is based on 10 guiding principles based on the concept of cultural rights as defined by UNESCO.
Arts Council Malta executive chairman Albert Marshall said the strategy reflects national, European, and international discussions revolving around cultural policy.
Arts Minister Owen Bonnici noted that the launch of the strategy was an important day for the cultural sector in the country.
“Strategy 2025 is in tune with the policy that envisions culture being embraced for the wellbeing of all,” he said.
“Wider participation leads to more innovation, creative engagement, artistic legacy, active citizenship and overall enhanced wellbeing.”