Smart Arts is a professional and sector development program tailored to the needs of local creative sectors across the Lower Hunter region.
Smart Arts strengthens the creative sector by providing business and professional skills development as well as networking and collaboration opportunities.
All Smart Arts initiatives uniquely evolve from consultation with local creative sectors and respond to their ongoing business and cultural development needs.
The Smart Arts partnership between Octapod and The Business Centre delivered a successful program throughout 2015 in Newcastle in collaboration with The City of Newcastle and in the first half of 2016 in Port Stephens with the support of Port Stephens Council. Smart Arts partners work together to bring specialised skills and expertise to the program and work with local communities to understand their unique cultural and economic environment.