New federal arts philanthropy body announced - Art Collector

12 February 2013 | The federal government has announced a new national arts philanthropy agency, Creative Partnerships Australia.

This agency will merge the current two federal art philanthropy bodies, the Australian Business Arts Foundation and Artsupport, following on from the recommendations in Harold Mitchell's 2011 report into private sector support for the arts.

Carol Schwartz, referred to as a highly connected social investor, has been appointed chair for the new agency. Fiona Menzies has been named as the first chief executive officer, whom Schwartz says is recognised within the cultural development and planning sector as being insightful and strategic.

Federal arts minister Simon Crean initially announced the launch of Creative Partnerships Australia and the merging of the two previous agencies last year. It is hoped that the new single agency will foster increased investment and support in the Australian cultural sector.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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