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Arts and culture

The MAV has partnered with Creative Victoria to strengthen arts and culture by working more closely with councils in the creation of opportunities for the creative industries across the State.

The Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley launched Creative State on 19 April 2016, which includes adoption of the key MAV recommendation that the role and contribution of local government in supporting Victoria's creative and cultural industries is recognised through a Local Government Partnership.

The strategy states:

Creative Victoria will establish and resource a formal partnership with the MAV to work with local councils across the state on the growth of creative industries and activities, ensuring that actions are aligned with local priorities and increase the impact of the creative industries at the local level.

To ensure Creative State is implemented in the most effective way, Creative Victoria and the MAV have entered into a four-year agreement (2016 to 2020) and have a Memorandum of understanding (MOU) that guides our work across the State.

The MAV Arts and Culture Policy Adviser works to deliver the outcomes and obligations detailed under the MOU which includes:

  1. Backing creative talent - creating more opportunities to produce and present great work.
  2. Strengthening the creative industries ecosystem - building capability and conditions for growth.
  3. Delivering wider economic and social impacts - stimulating innovation and wider creative impact.
  4. Increasing participation and access - engaging more Victorians in cultural and creative endeavour.
  5. Building international engagement - expanding Victoria's impact and profile for global, audiences, visitors and markets.

The MAV Arts and Culture Committee​ will continue to provide advice and support policy development as this program develops, along with the Cultural Development Network, Regional Arts Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, the Public Libraries Victoria Network, the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres, the Public Galleries Association of Victoria, Music Victoria and Museums Australia Victoria, as well as arts and culture organisations across the State.​​


To receive regular industry news, subscribe to our MAV Arts and Culture Update by sending an email to:


News: Feature your council in the MAV Arts and Culture Update and email: with information about exhibitions, festivals, training, awards, and grants. We cannot list everything that happens throughout Victoria, but we aim to keep the industry informed of key initiatives, programs, events and achievements.

Innovation: The MAV has developed a platform for accumulated wisdom and practice-based evidence. If you would like to share professional learnings and experience to further strengthen arts and culture across the State, please submit case studies, collaborative models of practice, funding guidelines, panel terms of reference and innovative policies.

Review the MAV Arts and culture best practice page regarding the outline for Submissions.


​For further information, please contact Francesca Valmorbida at​​ or phone 03 9667 5579.