In 2011, DCA began a journey to find a way of collecting information about arts and cultural events that would help to demonstrate why arts and culture is important to our community. DCA wanted to know what individuals wanted from arts and cultural experiences, the financial impact of such experiences and how arts and culture help to shape and influence our sense of community, belonging and identity as Western Australians. That is, the public value of arts and culture.
Understanding the public value of arts and culture will inform DCA’s policies and programs and allow us to make better decisions on behalf of the State, the people of Western Australia and the sector.
Over the next twelve months, DCA will work closely with our funded arts organisations through a Public Value Pilot so that the organisations can begin to collect and analyse their own data and use this information to better understand their business – in both a financial and artistic sense.
DCA's public value work has the potential to significantly change the way in which arts and culture is created, delivered and consumed.