History

Established in 1998, Incite Arts is the key facilitator of community-engaged arts practice in Central Australia.

Incite began its life as the Alice Springs Youth Arts Group (ASYAG) in 1998. ASYAG was formed as a response to a locally identified need for a vehicle to express young people’s stories in a valid contemporary cultural context. After several years of delivering youth arts activities on a project basis, the organisation became an incorporated not-for-profit association under the name InCite Youth Arts Inc in 2004. 

In 2005, Incite began to host and auspice Arts Access Central Australia (AACA), an arts and disability committee that evolved out of the Mapping New Territory Project 2003. The scope of our work expanded further with the introduction of projects in remote Aboriginal communities in 2005. 

In 2009, the NT Arts Access Awards began in a joint venture between Incite and Darwin Community Arts. The awards celebrate NT based artists with disability, arts workers, support worker, community groups and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution through their creative practice and continue today.

Following on from the success of these partnerships, work with new communities and extensive consultation, the organisation saw a need to formalise its relationships and re-articulate the scope of its work. In 2013, InCite Youth Arts revised its constitution to become Incite Arts. 

In 2018 Incite Arts partnered with Arts Access Australia (AAA), the peak national body for arts and disability, to deliver Meeting Place in Alice Springs. This brought together artists, artsworkers and leaders from the arts and disability sector across Australia, to build capacity and develop inclusive and accessible arts engagement in the NT.