Samantha McIntosh stands at the front of a room speaking to the Future Shapers cohort sitting at a large table. Everyone is wearing yellow high-vis vests and hard hats.

Arts, Heritage and Culture – ingredients for social cohesion in a liveable City


On 26 July our Future Shapers explored the significance of the Arts, Heritage and Culture sector on social connection, cohesion and diversity in our community. Cr Samantha McIntosh discussed the role that heritage plays in defining the character of our city and gave our Future Shapers a sneak peek at the renovation of Her Majesty’s Theatre and the advocacy work that has resulted in this long overdue project coming to fruition.

The team also learned about:

The Ballarat Arts Foundation and the impact of the arts sector and local artists on our City

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale, the innovation it has brought to the traditional arts culture of our city and how it is activating the CBD

• The people power behind the arts sector via panel of experts representing the Ballarat Tweed Ride, the Federation University Arts Academy, the Centre for Rare Trades and Forgotten Arts, Golden Plains Arts Inc and Perridak Arts. The panel was hosted by Perridak Arts, a new business in the evolving art and tourist scene in Ballarat.

“The day has had a significant impact on me. I’m keen to explore and support and advocate more for our arts community. I’ve already signed up to a Foto Biennale event! I also left the day re-inspired to keep persisting in my advocacy work, and better understanding the important role we all play in influencing change in our community and making the most of the opportunities we have to make a difference”
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