Arts Hub, Lesley Graham
27 July 2022
FUSE 2022 recently gathered 90 youth performing arts leaders and stakeholders at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) headquarters on Pier 2/3 in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.
Theatre Network Australia supported a group of First Nations artists to attend, as well as several independents and small companies.
Day 1 highlights included discussion on the impact of youth projects, which encourage ‘bringing who you are rather than leaving your problems at the door’; establishing relationships between organisations, shared venues, regional networks and cultural exchanges (here delegates were introduced to the fabulous policy document collection available through membership of Theatre Network Australia*); what positive radical change in youth arts might look like; strategies for getting diverse and young voices in higher levels of organisations; identifying value in and of youth arts (where creativity, trust, empathy and strong facilitation skills are key assets); the role of digital theatre including streaming, incorporation of digital media and works specifically created for Zoom; the nature of youth working in the arts and how people of colour and first nations access youth arts; and finally the inclusion of youth in the development of the National Cultural Plan.
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