The arts community spent a lot of the year just gone lobbying politicians, writing letters and submissions, attending Senate inquiries, organising protests and petitions. It's depressing to learn how little impact we've had on policy and on the national conversation.
Sure some companies and organisation have a natural lifespan, and sometimes their demise clears the ground for new initiatives and voices to emerge. But that's not what's happening here, because there are no new funding lifelines on offer, the small and medium sector players don't have the clout or staff to chase the corporate dollar, and we can't crowdsource our entire industry!
What can we do?