We believe that arts and culture are integral to a healthy and connected community.
Octapod is the key service organisation supporting arts and cultural development across the Lower Hunter region. We provide strategic leadership, support and frameworks to help build the cultural, social and economic capacity of the region’s creative sector and increase participation in arts and cultural activities.
We work strategically with partners and community to enable people, whether as audiences, participants, creators or leaders, to access arts and cultural opportunities based on values of sustainability, inclusion, collaboration and innovation.
Our programs seek to provide accessible and inclusive arts development opportunities to all people with a strong focus on the needs of young people, people with disability, Aboriginal people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Our vision is of a diverse and thriving arts and cultural sector in the Lower Hunter region.
We provide leadership and cultural development initiatives to enhance the capacity of the region’s existing and emerging creative communities.
The core values that underpin our work with community are: sustainability, inclusion, collaboration and innovation.
Through our partnerships and programs we seek to positively impact on the community’s health and connectedness across the Lower Hunter region. We assess our activities based on three types of outcomes:
New knowledge, insights and ideas
Diversity of cultural expression
Sense of belonging to shared heritage (or shared future)
Good physical and mental health stimulated
Sense of safety and security increased
Social connectedness enhanced
Social differences bridged
Recognition from valued others experienced
Employment-enhancing skill development facilitated
Individual economic benefit obtained
Direct employment provided
Indirect employment stimulated
Local economy supported
Photo: 2017 ‘The Real World’ panel presented at Critical Animals as part of This is Not Art. Photo: Justine Cogan