‘Castanet’ was a network of Victorian arts organisations, artists and government agencies working in partnership with Creative Victoria from 2009 to 2012 and funded by the Australia Council for the Arts. Castanet supported community-based arts and cultural development in Victoria by offering professional development programs as well as planning, brokering and information services to anyone who is interested in developing community arts projects and activities.

The ‘Castanet Arts Information Exchange’ was developed over this time as a national service to assist all seekers of answers to access experienced advisors and have their questions answered. The Advisors are drawn from across the the breadth of the arts and cultural development in Australia and beyond. The Castanet Exchange continues with support from Cultural Development Network and Creative Victoria.

The Arts Ripple Effect – Valuing the Arts in Communities

A modest investment in the arts can deliver a significant return on investment for government agencies and the private sector.

The arts have the potential to bridge our worlds, harness the wisdom of our different views, engage our imagination to explore new ways of thinking and create experiences that can be shared by all people in our community. Read more…