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Sector Development

As a leading community arts organisation working to achieve a just and inclusive Australia, CAN contributes to building sector knowledge, capacity and influence in Western Australia and nationally.

Partnering with colleagues, we create opportunities for artist practitioners to share and develop skills, connect with potential collaborators and be inspired by examples of change-making creative community projects. Aligned with CAN’s purpose and daily work with communities, sector development is framed with an intercultural lens based on the principle of First Peoples, first.


Be a part of a vibrant, progressive community arts and cultural development network. The financial and moral support that your membership provides assists us to continue using the arts to work with communities, artists, arts workers and partners, building towards a just and inclusive Australia.

Membership benefits include:

  • Discounts on professional development sessions
  • Free entry to informal networking events
  • Free CAN publications
  • Connecting artists and organisations, referrals
  • Online promotion of member events and activities where appropriate, through CAN e-news and social media platforms
  • Organisation voting rights
  • Advocacy


In response to extensive arts sector feedback, CAN developed the Multicultural Arts Portal (MAP), a geospatial search engine which uses an online map to make it easy for arts and cultural organisations and CaLD artists and communities to connect with each other. MAP was launched by the Minister for Culture and the Arts, The Honorable David Templeman, in September 2019.

The portal is readily searchable by art forms, activities, types of organisation, demographics, cultural groups, funding and partnerships, among others. More than 150 arts peer organisations, individual artists, community groups, and service and local government providers across Western Australia are currently on the MAP.

BE in the Arts

Belonging and Equity in the Arts (BE in the Arts) built on previous years’ contributions by the Diversity Working Group and worked closely with the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance to further develop tools and resources that can support arts and cultural organisations seeking to increase diverse representation. CAN also partnered with Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) in shaping structured training that can further support organisations which are seriously committed to achieving change.

The web resource is in development and will be released in late 2021.

Order Online

CAN produces numerous publications that are useful resources for anyone working in the arts and cultural sector. These include posters, books, CDs and DVDs that accompany each of our projects, research on community arts and cultural development practice and practical guides to working in community arts. The publications are free to order with a small charge to cover postage.

Check out the available resources here.

CAN Perth Head Office

Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

PO Box 7514 Cloisters Square WA 6850

King Street Arts Centre
Ground Floor 357-365 Murray St
Perth WA 6000

08 9226 2422

ABN: 72106364407

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