‘History is buffeted by numerous variables; sometimes stationary, sometimes volatile, but always in flux.’
I wrote this sentence for Creative Melville, the City of Melville’s cultural strategy 2018 – 2022. It could describe the strategy development process itself. Working with a forward-looking team to craft a sensible and ambitious cultural strategy was a privilege. It took longer than anyone expected. We chose a highly participative strategy development process, involving everyone who worked in libraries, galleries, museums and arts programs, as well as broader community and arts-related groups.