The arts and culture are an integral part of life in Mparntwe Alice Springs, and benefit the community through improved community connectedness, economic opportunities, social inclusion, civic pride, crime reduction, positive health outcomes, and regional development.

With the 2021 Alice Springs Town Council election coming up on 28 August 2021, Red Hot Arts Central Australia wants to ensure that the local arts community is aware of the Mayoral candidates’ vision and position on arts and culture.

On 11 August 2021, Red Hot Arts Central Australia sent a letter, supported by key sector organisations Watch This Space, GUTS Dance, Music NT, Central Craft and 8CCC, inviting the 2021 Alice Springs Town Council Mayoral candidates to respond to three questions regarding their commitment to the arts and cultural sector:

What will be your key priorities in supporting the arts and cultural sector in Mparntwe Alice Springs if you are elected Mayor? 

Do you think there should be increased investment in the arts and culture in Mparntwe Alice Springs? And if so, in what areas or through what avenues?

What do you see as Council’s role in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the arts in Mparntwe Alice Springs considering the ongoing negative impacts of COVID-19?

Responses will be shared through Red Hot Art Central Australia’s networks, so the arts and broader community can make an informed decision on election day.

Penny McDonald, Chair of Red Hot Arts Alice Springs:

“The arts and cultural sector across the country is facing decreased funding in addition to the catastrophic impact of COVID-19. In the NT, significant changes to how arts festivals are funded has also impacted local arts organisations and community arts festivals and events. With this backdrop, it is important to understand the Mayoral candidates’ positions on the arts, and what their key priorities are to support the sector.”

“While Alice Springs Town Council does support the arts, including a $200,000 COVID-19 Creative Arts Recovery Package in 2020, there are also many opportunities for increased investment and leadership by Council in the arts, so we are excited to hear what the Mayoral candidates envision for the local arts and culture sector.”

This is a collaboration between Red Hot Arts Central Australia and Watch This Space, GUTS Dance, Music NT, Central Craft and 8CCC.

To organise an interview, contact

Louise Horobin

Media and Communications Officer – Red Hot Arts Central Australia / 8952 2392