About

WHO WE ARE

MAV has a profound commitment to arts and artists shaping the narratives that define who we are as a multicultural nation.

We make art as a visceral response to the forces of bigotry and intolerance, which seek to undermine the hard-fought battle for pluralism.

We make art to understand who we are as migrants on Indigenous land.

We make art to draw attention to the work that is still needed to future proof our identity as a society that deeply values its diversity.

VISION

Arts as diverse as our people.

PURPOSE

We channel the artistic practices of culturally diverse artists and communities to create systems of cultural production and participation that uphold equity and self-determination.

VALUES

DIVERSITY
We privilege non-western ways of doing, knowing and being, to tell stories that illuminate our humanity and improve intercultural understanding;

EQUALITY
We strive for cultural democracy, sharing our knowledge and skills with partners across the arts and cultural sector to build platforms for engagement and visibility;

TRUST
Diverse communities see themselves represented in and by us, in work that resonates with their truths, underpinned by shared values and dreams of new futures; and

COURAGE
We are outspoken in our support of cultural participation as a human right, from which we derive social, cultural and economic benefits for the development of individuals and society.

GOALS

  1. To champion the development of artists and artform practices that speak to who we are as Australians, embedding pluralism and diversity as a fount of artistic and cultural innovation;
  2. To build the case for diversity as one of our greatest cultural assets, through the generation of critical and compelling new work; and
  3. To lead transformation in our sector, contesting the marginality of diverse artistic practices through the application of contemporary lenses and frameworks.

ANNUAL PROGRAM

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