Knowledge protection, cultural maintenance and, where appropriate, sharing have been identified in many independent studies as fundamental to the health and wellbeing of Australian Indigenous communities.
The ALC, in partnership with the Federal Government, built three cultural enterprise hubs complete with multimedia areas, offices, as well as places for cultural display and workshops, both indoors and out. This is an investment to the tune of approximately $7.6m. These are places where people can meet, learn and engage in contemporary and traditional culture and art, places where the young learn from elders, and vice versa. Interactive technologies and media enable our young people to immerse themselves within the emerging digital economies, in an educated and sophisticated manner. Performance spaces and music studios support budding artists, while enabling traditional dance and song to be recorded and passed on to selected aficionados.
The art market for Aboriginal contemporary art has always been hungry for emerging artists, actors and musicians. It is envisioned that Groote Eylandt Cultural Centres will be a place for a new breed of artists to develop and hone their skills, before showcasing them to the rest of the world.