A call to action from Executive Director Veronica Pardo

19 March 2013

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

By now you will have heard that the National Cultural Policy offers little for Australians with a disability. Not only is there no funding for the National Arts and Disability Strategy, but instead, the policy calls for a culture of tolerance towards people with a disability.

Please join us in delivering a strong and unified message to the Commonwealth Government that this is unacceptable. We call on all our partners to forward the letter below and attached to Minister Simon Crean at minister@arts.gov.au and to your local federal members of parliament, to demonstrate a shared commitment to equality, access and the celebration of the unique contribution of artists with a disability to Australia’s cultural life. You can find your local member by visiting http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members

Please download ‘letter to your local member’ and email them today.

 If you would like more information, please refer to my letter released late last week:  GOOD NEWS FOR THE ARTS? NOT IF YOU HAVE A DISABILITY…

 We would also appreciate it if you could cc info@artsaccessaustralia.org so that we can accurately gauge the level of response.

 Thank you for your assistance.

 Kind regards,


Veronica Pardo

Executive Director

Arts Access Victoria






One Response to “A call to action from Executive Director Veronica Pardo”

  1. Anna says:

    I can’t remember when I was last so amazed. Why is the ‘culture of tolerance’ (quote) unacceptable?
    It is true, however, that the more talk of funding, the less tolerance (and some other good things like mental health that come with it).
    I rarely have seen a page like this, I’m sure.

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