Published on Wednesday 22 January 2020

Director of Funding and Strategy, Arts Council Malta, Mary Ann Cauchi, glances at the Create2020 Strategy and what’s in store to continue achieving high levels of excellence and develop Malta’s creative sector.

The creative vision of the Create2020 Strategy implemented through nine strategic tools which included:

  • funding programmes supporting various projects in the creative industries;
  • creative brokerage serving as the first point of reference for difficulties and assistance;
  • educational and training initiatives focusing on artistic practice requirements;
  • a community cultural exchange developing a rich and varied artistic and innovative life;
  • nurturing of business development;
  • promotion of the development of a sustainable creative economy;
  • internationalisation placing Malta’s international cultural profile on global platforms beyond Europe;
  • research providing a stronger knowledge base;
  • communication allowing knowledge transfer with various stakeholders.

Throughout this past year in my role as Director of Funding and Strategy, it has been a great pleasure meeting a diverse range of people and understanding their needs through various processes such as focus groups, one-to-one or group meetings, workshops, networking or information sessions. In fact, gaining valuable first-hand information straight from the source is one of my favourite elements of the job. 2020 is a pivotal year for the creative sector and for Arts Council Malta, both internally and externally, an evaluation of the progress covered to date and consultation for the next strategy 2021-2025 will take place. 

It is forecasted that the new strategy will continue to place the arts and creativity at the heart of Malta’s future and making sure to engage a wider audience. Malta’s upcoming national cultural policy and the government’s electoral programme will be at the top of Arts Council Malta’s agenda.

Furthermore, it will keep strengthening internationalisation, education, and the community. Motivational sources will include UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals which address quality of life and well-being, climate change and the environment, entrepreneurship and sustainability. More tangible ways of measuring the impacts and effects of the cultural sector to reflect EU-wide policies and visions.

To me, it is of utmost importance that we practice what we preach, hence why the strategy will not only be implemented externally but also internally at Arts Council Malta, with greener initiatives such as going paperless, a focus on sustainability and a greater sense of personal and professional well-being.

Words by Mary Ann Cauchi.