A New Approach (ANA) is an independent think tank focused on arts and culture in Australia.
Working in this way, ANA emboldens political and cultural leaders to ensure opportunities for enrichment are in every community, in every corner of Australia.
ANA is led by a Board of Directors chaired by Rupert Myer AO who, along with ANA’s Reference Group and staff, contribute the expertise and insights needed to inform a bold new vision for arts and culture in Australia.
ANA is made possible by a unique collaboration of 11 philanthropic partners: The Myer Foundation; Sidney Myer Fund; Tim Fairfax Family Foundation; The Ian Potter Foundation; Neilson Foundation; Minderoo Foundation; Besen Family Foundation; Spinifex Trust; The Keir Foundation; Aranday Foundation; and The Yulgilbar Foundation.
ANA was established in 2021 as an Australian Public Company Limited By Guarantee and is a registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). It grew from an initial collaborative investment from The Myer Foundation, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Keir Foundation and was incubated in the Australian Academy of the Humanities from 2018 – 2020.
The values that guide our work have been shaped by perspectives of Australia’s communities, both historic and contemporary.
Australia’s culture has been uniquely shaped by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, by the generations of people born in this place, and by the people from around the world who have made this place their home. At ANA we recognise this and have sought to reflect this in the way we work. We are:
We are independent, non-partisan and self-funded
We do what we are uniquely positioned to do
We seek to constructively assist in shaping Australia’s cultural future
We embrace Australia’s, cultural, demographic and geographic diversity
We are objective and led by evidence
We believe culture and creativity belongs to, and is, the responsibility of everybody
Our definition of arts and culture is inclusive and broad, grounded in the creative practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
What we mean by arts, culture and creativity
At ANA we acknowledge the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and their continuing creative practices in this land. These practices reminds us of the importance of sharing knowledge, skills and stories and help us to understand what we mean when we talk about arts, culture and creativity.
At ANA, arts, culture and creativity includes activities such as:
attending cultural events
visiting cultural venues
creating or performing something
engaging with arts, culture and creative content in your home.
We also know that not all arts, cultural and creative activities appeal to all people but most people feel that there is something that they can enjoy and that is both relevant and significant to them.
We also know that the word ‘culture’ has many different meanings. At ANA we use ‘culture’ to refer to ways of living and everyday forms of expression and creativity that we either share as Australians or that we share with other members of our particular social groups or communities.
We also note that arts and cultural activities can sit within the industrial category of the cultural and creative economy which includes industries and occupations that use creativity for production, and where cultural symbolism is evident in the finished product. This includes the activities outlined above, but also includes industries and occupations that may be less obvious, like advertising, design and architecture.
A New Approach acknowledges that it meets, works and travels on the lands of First Nations peoples. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and to all First Nations peoples.