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Creative Palmerston

Creative Palmerston is an initiative of the City of Palmerston that aims to connect, nurture and inform the creative and cultural sector about opportunities, programs, events and news that will engender the growth of culture, arts & creative industries in the Palmerston region.

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New City of Palmerston Arts & Creative Industries Plan 

City of Palmerston are creating a new arts strategy for 2022-2027 and we want to hear from those in Palmerston and surrounds who have a stake in the arts (audience, artists, arts workers, and everything in between). You don’t need to be living within Palmerston, as I suspect one of the focuses of the plan will be how to better integrate the Palmerston and Rural and Darwin Arts overlap. 

The City of Palmerston is developing its new Arts and Creative Industries Strategy for 2023-2027. Territory based consultants Matrix on Board Consulting have been engaged to work with the community and Council to develop a five year strategy to support participation and engagement in the arts across the diverse population and economy of the  City of Palmerston footprint. Involving the artists and arts and cultural organisations who call Palmerston home or use workshop, class, exhibition or performance venues across Palmerston’s footprint is a crucial part of developing a useful strategy.
 
You are invited to participate in a focus group in order for us to hear from artists based in Palmerston and its surrounds. Your experiences, opinions and ideas are highly valued and appreciated.

The focus groups will be held at the followings times - please choose the session which suits your timetable best:

Wednesday 18th May 
5.15pm-6.30pm 
Palmerston Recreation Centre, across the road from the Palmerston Library 

Thursday 19th May 
9am-11am 
Gray Community Hall, Corner of Essington Avenue & Victoria Drive

Thursday 19th May
5.30pm-7.30pm
Gray Community Hall, Corner of Essington Avenue & Victoria Drive


Tea/ Coffee/ snacks will be provided

At the focus group some of the topics we will explore are:
· What are some of Palmerston's unique qualities which define it as different from Darwin? 
· When you think about the arts and cultural activities, events, artwork presented in Palmerston what are the things done really well?
· What would make it even more attractive/ appealing for you to practice, develop or present your artwork in Palmerston?

RSVP is essential. 
Please reply to kyle.walmsley@palmerston.nt.gov.au by Tuesday 17th May. 
 
Can't make that date?  If you are keen to participate but can't make the above dates - let me know and I will add you to the list for distribution of our online survey.
 
If you have any questions about the strategy or the focus group, please contact Sally Clifford ( Matrix) on 0418 761 036 or Kyle Walmsley, City of Palmerston Community Development Officer (Arts and Culture) on 0418 950 801

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