Like everything, the future health of our creative industries rests with young people – our future practitioners, consumers and creative entrepreneurs. At the same time, creativity will be critical to the future success of our next generation.

As we shift to an ideas-based economy, as technologies such as artificial intelligence shake up our jobs landscape and prospects, creative skills, thinking and processes will be more important than ever. Participation in the arts and other creative pursuits also builds confidence and social and cultural connectedness, amongst other benefits.

Creative industries are growth industries, yet the pathways between school education, tertiary study and creative careers can be difficult to navigate, employment rates for graduates of creative disciplines are relatively low and opportunities to gain hands-on, relevant industry experience are limited.

Thought starters

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How can we ensure that all young Victorians have opportunities to participate in creative experiences?

How can we best give young people the creative skills they need to thrive in the future?

How can we improve the pathways from education and training to work in the creative industries?

How can we best prepare young people for the real-life challenges of working in the creative industries?

How can creative and cultural institutions and organisations better engage with young people and reach young audiences?

How can creative organisations, particularly in regional areas, better succession plan and nurture the next generation of local creative leaders?

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Image: ‘Make Believe: The Story of the Myer Christmas Windows’ exhibition at Melbourne Museum. Photo: Jake Roden