For the past six years, Arts Council Malta (ACM) worked towards promoting innovation within the culture and creative sectors, whilst also safeguarding the dynamic development of cultural characteristics. it built a sustainable creative economy for artists and practitioners, facilitating participation and continues to serve as a strategic leader and catalyst within the sectors. acm’s role within the cultural ecosystem also sees to the increase in accessibility for cultural and creative activities.
When Strategy2020 was launched in 2015, the local cultural and creative sectors where in a very different place than they are now. Since then, an unprecedented increase in government investment in the sectors, a bolder presence of Malta within the international artistic community as well as stronger local and international partnerships have taken place. We also saw an increase in the knowledge base on how the sectors function and their overall social and cultural impact, and more people have benefitted from public funding directly or indirectly. Public Cultural Organisations as well as independent cultural organisations have exponentially improved in their capacity building and greater priority keeps being given towards arts education and schools via collaborations with artists to increase exposure of young people to the arts.
This was a result of the fruitful collaboration of bold efforts together with a wide range of stakeholders, both in the public sector and all the artists and cultural operators whose dynamism, creativity and innovation have enriched the sectors substantially over the past few years. Nonetheless ACM is confident enough to say that its role has been central in terms of investment, advocacy, and support, to empower and facilitate these improvements over the years.
Overall, Strategy2020 can be considered as a success even though there were significant challenges, especially when approaching its end, namely due to the pandemic’s impact on the sectors. This, however, motivated a rethink of the way to support the development of the sectors. The aim was to use this opportunity to address the needs and concerns of the sectors and the public in relation to arts and culture. This was reflected in the increased participatory mechanisms which were adopted so as to conduct the public consultation process towards Strategy 2025, involving extensive conversations with the public and representatives of the sectors, as well as internal reflections and evaluation about the different challenges and opportunities.
With the National Cultural Policy 2021 being launched in September 2021, Strategy 2025 aims to implement the policy and be in line with its priorities and commitments towards embracing culture for the wellbeing of all, highlighting the importance of cultural rights within the context of sustainable development goals, and addressing head on the Status of the Artist, something which became even more evident since the recent challenging global events started being experienced.
The Strategy 2025 was designed together with the people that will be mostly impacted by it. The participatory approach integrated in this strategy is thus being practiced with immediacy. Care Create Flourish are the mantras that best capture how ACM will be empowering sustainable and inclusive growth of the cultural and creative sectors as integral to the wellbeing of all.
This draft of Strategy 2025 is only the beginning, and ACM looks forward for your invaluable feedback since the aim is to deliver the best possible outcomes that will keep the cultural and creative ecology at their core.
Download Strategy 2025 - Draft for Public Consultation from here and send feedback on email@example.com by 15 February 2022 (extended). All feedback is welcome and Arts Council Malta will be publishing the final version of Strategy 2025 in the first quarter of 2022 based on the responses received.