Heard an interesting interview by the inimitable Richard Watts on Triple R last Thursday morning. He was speaking with Lynn Kosky, the new Victorian arts minister, about her plans for development within her new portfolio.
After the ineffectual tenure of Mary Delahunty, it is very exciting to have an Arts Minister with a serious, demonstrable and life-long interest in the arts. She spoke eloquently of the need for the arts to create controversy and provoke discussion and that the most vibrant and integral cultures were those that pushed the boundaries of their communities. She’d like to see the arts become as ingrained a part of the Victorian identity as sports are; an option for entertainment as well as individual participation and personal fulfilment.
What’s more, as Minister for Education, Ms Kosky introduced legislation that ensured students must undertake some form of creative study from years prep to 10. This on top of her own professed interests in the visual arts, particularly textiles and mosaics.
Like many redbubblers, I love having creative pursuits that are in no way tied to my day-to-day employment. I adore seeing the suprise creative efforts of my friends, when they choose to share them, which sometimes isn’t that often. Everywhere I turn, there is street art, music made at home on laptops, short films and animations shared amongst friends via email and other passionate left-brain undertakings. And I can’t help but think that having an Arts Minister who indulges similar passions completely outside of her work might lead to some really positive developments for the arts community in Victoria.
For those interested, Richard Watts’ show ‘SmartArts’ is a great snapshot of arts and culture happenings in Melbourne. 9am-12noon every Thursday on Triple R (102.7FM). He also has a blog at http://richard_watts.blogspot.com which is well worth a look!