Previously known as the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (MCCA), Arts Council Malta (ACM) is the national agency for development and investment in the cultural and creative sectors. Its central task is that of effectively funding, supporting and promoting the cultural and creative sectors in Malta.
The Council manages a funding portfolio for the cultural and creative sectors through its national funding programmes. In 2015, the Council published Strategy2020, its five-year national strategy for the arts based on five strategic focal points, which include internationalisation and business development as well as research, education and training, diversity and communities. Arts Council Malta’s goals are: to nurture creative potential and support its development into professional activity; to invest in artistic excellence; to connect Malta to the international artistic community; to provide more opportunities for people to engage in creativity; and to build the capacity of Public Cultural Organisations under its remit, including the national theatres, the national dance company and the contemporary creative space.
In the past few years, the Council has gone from a small entity to a restructured and much larger agency which is actively carving out its path as a cultural leader for the sector. The Council has also played a central role in events such as the Seventh World Summit on Arts and Culture held in Valletta in 2016, the Cultural Export Programme of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union held in 2017 and Malta’s capital city Valletta as the European Capital of Culture in 2018.