Webinar 2 – Creating Our Future: Spotlight on economic value and future success

Oct 01, 2020
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Watch as the Australia Council research team and special guests explore the data on the theme of economic value and future success. 

This event was held on Wednesday 28 October 2020 at 12pm. 

Guest panellists

  • Cameron Costello: Cameron Costello is a Quandamooka man from Moreton Bay, South East Queensland and CEO of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation. Focusing on sustainable and culturally appropriate economic development, Cameron advocates for the rights of First Nations people and has spent over fifteen years working in local and state governments delivering First Nations policies and programs. A former Chair of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cameron is also an advisor to Tourism Queensland.
  • Mike Saxon: Mike Saxon is the Principal at Liverpool Boys High School, who in 2014 decided to make skills like creativity central to what was taught and assessed. Mike believes that creativity is at the pinnacle of a much broader skill set students need to be successful in all facets of their lives and as they enter the workforce. Liverpool Boys was part of the Creative Leadership in Learning program at the Sydney Opera House, an innovative program embedding creativity into schools.
  • Thea Baumann: Thea Baumann is currently the Acting Director of Capacity Building at the Australia Council for the Arts, a creative technologist and founder of Metaverse Makeovers and Metaverse Nails where she worked at the intersection of art, innovation and emerging technology. An expert in human- computer interaction, Thea’s experience in designing and inventing patent-pending technologies gives her an edge in examining the link between emerging technologies and potential jobs of the future.

About the webinar

Australia’s arts and creativity are among our nation’s most powerful assets and will play a critical role in Australia’s future success. Results from the National Arts Participation Survey highlight the importance of arts and creativity to child development, education, local businesses and skills for the future.

The National Arts Participation Survey results show that Australians increasingly recognise the value of arts and creativity in the lives and education of children and young people with nearly three quarters agreeing that the arts should be an important part of education.

In line with a growing body of evidence that identifies creative skills as essential to workforces of the future, Creating Our Future finds that one in two Australians agree that the arts have a big or very big impact on building creative skills that will be necessary for the future workforce.

Previous research by the Australia has also shown the arts to be powerful drivers for regional, domestic and international tourism. Australians’ strong and growing engagement with arts festivals and events prior to COVID-19 highlights the critical role for arts in reinvigorating tourism and our economy.


Contact us

E: researchenquiries@australiacouncil.gov.au