Local government plays a diverse role in promoting and supporting arts and culture, such as through commissioning art, operating public arts facilities and programs, supporting festivals, events and a broad range of community projects.
Promoting and supporting Aboriginal arts can create positive economic, social and cultural outcomes for Aboriginal people. Further, it can build recognition, appreciation and harmony within the wider community.
The 2012 Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey found that councils support Aboriginal arts and culture in a variety of ways. Key activities were identified as:
- Documenting and promoting local Aboriginal history
- Holding or sponsoring Aboriginal events
- Supporting Aboriginal arts and culture
- Using Aboriginal language to name local features or council rooms and buildings.