Council's commitment to the Arts in Maroondah
The arts are an integral part of making Maroondah an attractive and vibrant place to live, work and visit.
Council has responded to the community's desire for a creative and culturally rich Maroondah where arts experiences are a part of everyday life for people of all ages and abilites.
Extensive consultations of local residents, artists, groups and organisations have demonstrated how important these experiences are, and Council has committed to resourcing and supporting the arts through the Maroondah 2040 Community Vision and the Maroondah Arts and Cultural Development Strategy 2014 - 2018.
Strategy and policies
The Arts and Cultural Development Strategy presents an integrated approach to maximizing the benefits of participation in the arts for mental health and wellbeing, a safe and attractive place to live and work, and a City which attracts investment and economic development.
Related policies include the Public Art Policy endorsed by Council in 2015.
R & M McGivern Prize
Council also administers the R & M McGivern Prize for painting, a legacy of the late Muriel McGivern's support for the arts in Maroondah. The $25,000 prize is awarded every three years and attracts entries from leading contemporary artists from across Australia.
The prize is awarded for an outstanding, original art work in the medium of oil or watercolour painting and the winning work is acquired as part of the Maroondah City Council Art Collection. The winning entry for the 2016 prize was Rose Nolan's Big Words QUOTE / UNQUOTE (double version).