June 17 2016 was a national day of action for the Australian visual arts sector in reaction to the recent Australian Council funding cuts. Arts administrators, artists, organisations, and institutions were called to wear black and share their unity with #istandwiththearts
The message of June 17 call to action was to draw attention to the arts and remind politicians that what they consider ‘tiny cuts’ have fundamental impact across a range of institutions. Additionally, the call to action aims to make the arts a campaign issue. There is an alarming lack of coverage in the current election campaign that runs for another 2 weeks despite the fact that the arts industry in Australia employs more people than mining and has contributed a massive $50 billion to the economy.
Without arts and culture, what are we even living for?!