The Indigenous Youth Access project aimed to increase Indigenous youth access to museums by identifying critical issues affecting Indigenous youth through researching needs, attitudes and leisure habits. This baseline data will enable suggestions and recommendations to be put forward. The pilot study took place from August, 2001 to January, 2002 and was assisted by the Australia Council, the Commonwealth Government’s arts funding and advisory body, through its Audience and Market Development Division, with in-kind support (salary, travel and disbursements) provided by the Australian Museum, Sydney.
This pilot study included a literature review, extensive consultations across museums and industry, as well as focus groups and depth interviews with Indigenous youth. Recommendations have been made for strategies that will facilitate access by and engagement of Indigenous youth with museums in ways that meet their identified needs. For the purposes of this study, youth were defined as being aged between 15 and 24 years of age.