Arts Day on the Hill 2020

Arts Day on the Hill is NAVA’s annual focus on national advocacy development for sustained government engagement with a long-term policy focus.

 L-R: Emma Fey, Selena de Carvalho, Clare Armitage, Mish Grigor, Penelope Benton, Miranda Johnson, Esther Anatolitis, Clare Armitage, Nadeena Dixon and Shaun Edwards, Launch of Arts Day on the Hill, 30 July 2019. Photo by Irene Dowdy.

Arts Day on the Hill is Australia’s annual focus on building sector capacity for sustained government engagement and lasting policy reform. This year’s Arts Day on the Hill will take place on Wednesday 12 August. 

Leading sector service organisations from across Australia focus their public advocacy on Arts Day on the Hill, engaging in a day of intensive media and social media, as well as direct political engagement. The program, which will culminate at Parliament House in Canberra (dependending on social distancing advice provided by the Government), will feature a strong online component of advocacy training and network building well ahead of the day, with an intensive day of engagement on 12 August, currently scheduled as the first sitting week after the Parliamentary winter break. Participants will be connected with members of Parliament and provided with the tools and resources to champion an ambitious arts agenda for a long-term impact.

Applications for this year’s Arts Day on the Hill Advocates will open online in coming weeks. 2020 partners to be announced soon.

Leading up to Arts Day on the Hill, we will be hosting the NAVA Advocacy Program. Starting from 22 April, join Esther Anatolitis and Australia’s leading advocacy thinkers and practitioners online every Wednesday at 4pm AEST. Let’s talk arts, policy, media, political and public engagement. What works? What doesn’t? What can we achieve together?

Arts Day on the Hill 2019

Our 2019 Arts Day on the Hill was focused on meetings with MPs at Parliament House, with a Parliament House launch event the night before with the Parliamentary Friends for Contemporary Arts & Culture, a large and diverse cross-party group of Members and Senators co-chaired by John Alexander, Maria Vamvakinou and Adam Bandt. We then took part in 18 meetings across two days, presenting to MPs across a diverse range of parties on national policy priorities.

Ahead of the first Arts Day on the Hill, NAVA presented a two-day workshop to build specialist advocacy skills. Our workshops were presented with the Parliamentary Library’s civics workshops, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Gallery of Australia, the Director of the Parliament House collection, a regional perspective from Regional Arts Australia, and a global perspective from the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies. Last year our focus was on the independent arts, bringing together an artist from every state and territory to be trained in policy engagement and advocacy ahead of meetings with MPs. This year we’re focusing on a smaller group of industry leaders, building sector capacity to distribute effective advocacy. 

Arts Day on the Hill 2019 was a collaboration between All Conference, APRA AMCOS, Asialink Arts, Arts Access Australia, Australian Library & Information Association, Australian Museums & Galleries Association, Australian Network for Art and Technology, Diversity Arts Australia, GLAM Peak, Live Performance Australia, Performing Arts Connections Australia and Regional Arts Australia, with the global perspective and expert advice of IFACCA.

2019 Recap

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NAVA Advocacy Kit 2020 Part 1

Keen to develop your advocacy skills to champion the arts with confidence, but not sure where or how to begin? Let’s work on developing those skills together.

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NAVA Advocacy Kit 2020 Part 2

Keen to develop your advocacy skills to champion the arts with confidence, but not sure where or how to begin? Let’s work on developing those skills together.