Young people see the arts as ’embedded in and inseparable from everyday life’ according to a new report from the arts and culture think tank A New Approach (ANA). Releasing its sixth report Next Generation of Voters: Young Middle Australians talk Arts, Culture and Creativity, ANA spoke to 84 participants across Australia aged 18-29 years old in a series of targeted focus groups.
Part of this involvement in everyday life was the way digital media has brought culture closer to them. Participants talked about how they made their own art through making GIFs or Tik Tok. One respondent from the Northern Territry said, ‘We’re expressing ourselves, our opinions, our videos, our dancing, our music, our culture – whatever we’re expressing, yet by pictures, video. And that’s all social media. It’s all technology. You know, you might be expressing your feelings or your interests by – when you’re gaming, if you game with friends or whatever, and it’s just a whole new world.’