CDN e-news - No. 1, 2017: 2017 CDN Study Tour, South Korea, Cultural Development Planning Workshops NSW & VIC


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Dear colleagues,

Register Now: 2017 CDN Study Tour: UCLG Culture Summit and Exchange with Jeju Island, South Korea, 8 May to 17 May 2017
Cultural Development Network (CDN) is leading a tour for Australian local government arts and cultural development managers to attend the 2nd UCLG Culture Summit on Jeju Island, South Korea departing Melbourne 8 May and returning 17 May, 2017.  The package includes all flights, transfers, accommodation, Culture Summit registration, all breakfast and most other meals. In addition to the Summit, the group will participate in an all-day meeting and exchange with the cultural development team of the Special Self-Governing Province of Jeju. This workshop will bring practical examples of planning and evaluation using measurable cultural outcomes; providing valuable understanding of the use of measures and outcomes in diverse settings. To register or for more information click here.

Cultural Development Planning workshops for local government in Sydney, Albury and Coffs Harbour, NSW 2017
When it comes to cultural planning, three common challenges are often raised by local government cultural development staff:
-They don’t have enough time;
- They don’t have a thorough grasp on how to undertake quality evaluation;
- They struggle to articulate how their department contributes to the Council goals.

The Cultural Development Network has created Cultural Development Planning Framework for local government professionals across Australia to address these challenges.These workshops will introduce this resource and offer a comprehensive step by step guide to support cultural development staff in planning by using an evidence-based outcome-focused approach.

  • Sydney CBD - 7 March 2017 (FULL)
  • Coffs Harbour - 9 March 2017
  • Albury - 23 March 2017 (for NSW & VIC councils)

For more information on the Coffs Harbour and Sydney workshops please click here
For more information on the Albury workshop please click here

Cultural Development Planning Workshops for Victoria in May & June 2017
In 2017 CDN will also deliver training workshops in cultural development planning across Victoria. The dates for the workshops have been scheduled to align with the creation of the new Councils Plans for 2017. Workshops will be held throughout May and June in Metro-Melbourne, Mitchell Shire Council, Gannwarra Shire Council and South-West and South-East Victoria (venues to be confirmed). More information and opportunities to register will be available soon. To learn more about CDN's Cultural Development Planning Framework please visit the CDN website page here. 

CDN welcomes Holly Schauble to the team
This month CDN welcomes Holly Schauble as CDN's new Research Officer. Holly is an Australian cultural anthropologist and community development practitioner with experience working in Australia and internationally. She is the founding Director of the NGO Many Hands International and has held a variety of community development, project and policy positions with a range of public service organisations including the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Department of Planning and Community Development and Department of Natural Resources and Environment.  Holly has also worked as an anthropologist on Aboriginal sacred site protection with the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority in the Northern Territory, and as Acting Manager of the Australia China Art Foundation in Melbourne. We are very excited to have Holly onboard and look forward to working with her over the coming months. 

Seeking Advisors for the Arts Information Exchange
We are currently inviting Advisors to join the Exchange who are experienced arts workers and artists, either independent or employed, in arts organisation, agencies and also local government. The Arts Information Exchange brings the collective knowledge of arts workers across Australia to the people in your community. The system allows you to filter questions arriving in your inbox to your local government area or wider regions. More information here. 

From the CDN team, John Smithies, Kim Dunphy, Amy Stevenson, Holly Schauble and Oana Sarghe.

Special news 

Latest news from United Cities and Local Government: 
The 5th UCLG World Congress was held in Bogata on 12-15 October 2016, attracting over 3500 participants from 110 countries, including delegates, local, regional and national governments, international organisations and other stakeholders. The World Congress led to the adoption of the Bogotá Commitment and Action Agenda, which includes one chapter ("area of action") entitled "Promote Local Heritage, Creativity and Diversity through People-Centred Cultural Policies", as well as other references to culture throughout the document. This "Commitment and Action Agenda" is shared by all members of UCLG. Read the publication and chapter on culture here.

In Bogota, the Committee on Culture was particularly involved in a Policy Dialogue on "Culture as a Dimension in Urban Transformation" and a parallel session ("Elevator Pitch") entitled "Culture 21 Lab: Operationalising Culture in Sustainable Cities", as well as contributing to the Permanent Working Platform on the Right to the City, which addressed diversity among other issues. Several of the cities and experts that work with the Agenda 21 for culture took active part in these sessions. They are now producing reports of the Policy Dialogue and the Elevator Pitch sessions and will be disseminating them soon. Finally, the World Congress elected a new UCLG Presidency for the period 2016-2019, led by Mpho Parks Tau, President of the South African Association of Local Governments (SALGA) and Councillor of Johannesburg.

The 3rd UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (known as Habitat III) was held in Quito on 17-20 October 2016. Habitat III involved the formal adoption of the New Urban Agenda, which is meant to inform local policies in the next 20 years. The New Urban Agenda includes several references to cultural matters. Also, it is worth noting that the Statement of the 2nd World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments presented in Habitat III, in the framework of a major gathering of local and regional governments, establishes a commitment on culture. The precise wording of this commitment is also an important achievement, because it is not only UCLG, but a UN Assembly of Local and Regional Governments, convened by United Nations, that is now committed to 'Integrate culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development and take action to foster heritage, creativity, diversity and peaceful co-existence'. We strongly encourage you to use this commitment!

UCLG Culture Summit 10-13 May 2017, Jeju Island, South Korea
The UCLG Culture Summit is the main meeting point at global level of cities, local governments and other stakeholders that are committed to the effective implementation of policies and programmes on culture and sustainability. Entitled “Commitments and Actions for Culture in Sustainable Cities”, the second Culture Summit of UCLG aims to develop and reinforce messages on the role of culture in sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on the importance of cities and local spaces. It can also be seen as a forum for knowledge-sharing, peer-learning and networking among cities and local governments. The Culture Summit in Jeju builds on the results of the first UCLG Culture Summit, which took place in Bilbao on 18-20 March 2015 with the title “Culture and sustainable cities”. It gathered approximately 300 participants, including representatives of 75 cities and 69 local, national and international organisations from every continent. The Summit demonstrated how cities are taking the lead in recognising the absolute necessity of culture in sustainable development. Information

Professional development activities

LGPro Annual Conference, 22-23 February 2017, Melbourne
The LGPro Annual Conference is the premier professional development conference for people working in Local Government in Victoria. It is one of the biggest specialised Local Government conferences in Australia attracting around 600 delegates. Information

Symposium: Welcoming Cities Symposium, 1 March 2017, The Scanlon Foundation and Welcome to Australia
The Symposium will feature international speakers and also launch The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities. MAV is a member of the Welcoming Cities network. Sign up to the Welcoming Cities e-newsletter for updates. Information

Learning opportunity: Want to learn more about First Nations arts? The Australia Council for the Arts is offering presenters and programmers an opportunity to join a delegation to the 2017 YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival, 10-14 May 2017, Melbourne.
The delegation will spend the final four nights of the festival immersing themselves in First Nations arts and culture. Delegates will have the opportunity to see and discuss work with colleagues, network and develop curatorial capacity in First Nations arts.
The Australia Council are looking for presenters and programmers who are seeking authentic experiences for their audiences and might not otherwise have the opportunity to see a diverse range of First Nations work.  Expressions of interest close: 14 March 2017/ Notification: 28 March 2017. Information

Professional Development Masterclass: Creative Partnerships Australia 2017 Masterclass with Nicole Newman, 20 March 2017, Carlton
UK Arts Fundraising and Sponsorship Consultant Nicole Newman is heading to Melbourne to share over 20 years of experience working with cultural organisations to transform their sponsorship strategies and raise their commercial income. The class will include: a step-by-step guide to securing and maintaining sponsorship partners; insider tips and insight into sponsorship good practice and methodology; new confidence and language skills to communicate your vision to colleagues, executives and board members; case studies of successful sponsorship models in the UK and locally. Earlybird: $70 +GST / General admission: $100 +GST Read more 

Free online course: Ethical Cities: shaping the future of your city, Global Compact Cities Programme & RMIT University
Who runs your city? What makes your city liveable? Using stories from cities around the world, this five week course will introduce you to the importance of ethics in civic leadership, planning, and business, and citizen engagement. This free course starts 3 April 2017. Information

National Film Festival: The 2017 Transitions Film Festival, Touring Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. 
Films showcasing solutions to society's greatest challenges and exploring the trends that are shaping our lives. 
Melbourne 16 Feb - 3 March / Sydney 9-25 March / Brisbane 23-26 March / Adelaide 19-28 May Information

Arts Education Festival: Arts Learning Festival, 3-7 May 2017
Independent Schools Victoria is thrilled to present the Arts Learning Festival, a five-day event in May for students, teachers, school leaders, families and the wider community that explores the importance of arts in education. To view the full program or book please click here

New Seminar Series 2017: Understanding Copyright, Australia Copyright Council, Nationwide
Presented by experts in the field of copyright law these sessions bring you up-to-date with the latest policies, laws and applications of copyright. These seminars have been designed for Content creators & copyright managers; Website administrators & social media managers; Librarians & archivists; Museum & gallery professionals; Educators & administrators in educational institutions; and Government employees working for Commonwealth, State, or Territory bodies.
CANBERRA 20-21 Feb 2017, BRISBANE 27-29th March, MELBOURNE 8-10th May (Early Bird ends 10 March), ADELAIDE 19-20th June (Early Bird ends 21 April), SYDNEY 24-26th July (Early Bird ends 26 May) and PERTH 14-15th August (Early Bird ends 16 June) Information

Study Tour: 6th ENCATC International Study Tour, 14-17 March 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE
This educational tour aims to foster international exchanges of ideas projects and best practice among academics, scholars, cultural entrepreneurs and administrators from different world regions. It will also promote cooperation among European and UAE educational and cultural institutions. Information
Annual Academy: 6th ENCATC Academy on Culture in External Relations, 27-28 March 2017, Brussels, Belgium
An intensive learning programme for senior and medium level professionals in the area of international cultural relations. The focus is on the question of culture in Europe’s refugee crisis. The event will question the Maslow hierarchy of needs in relation to arts and culture and look at the ‘clash of cultures’ as much as that of politics in the current period of great shifts in populations. The event will also briefly look at the outcomes of previous ‘migrations’ and their subsequent impact. Information

Seeking submissions: Thriving Together, the next Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, May 5, 2017, Newark, NJ, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking
Seeking proposals for 90-minute workshops on the themes of sustaining creative placemaking for the long term, building strong partnerships, and increasing social equity. The event attracts hundreds of civic and arts leaders, as well as grantmakers. Information

International conference: Trans Europe Halles Conference, 25-28 May, Pula, Croatia 
The topic of the Conference is Culture and Sharing Communities. During three days questions explored will include: What are the role of cultural centres in communities? How can practices of sharing foster artistic production, and build a more democratic society? How can cultural centres develop a culture of sharing and what are their role in changing paradigms for living? How can cultural and community centres, as places of sharing and imagination, become cradles of social innovation and Communities of Practices? The Conference is open to anyone interested. On-line registration will open 20 February 2017  Information 

Networking event: 7th ENCATC International Study Tour, 14-17 June, New York, United States
This study tour is designed for academics, researchers, students and professionals who are interested in discovering NYC’s cultural policy, its rich and vibrant cultural scene, making new contacts, and establishing partnerships with American institutions. Information

Call for Applications: UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to foster international cooperation with and between cities that have identified creativity as a strategic enabler for sustainable urban regeneration and development. By joining the Network, cities commit to sharing good practices, developing inter-city partnerships, reinforcing participation in cultural life, and integrating culture in sustainable development plans. Candidate cities must submit their applications to UNESCO by using the official form available on the UNESCO website no later than 16 June 2017, midnight CET. Information

Call for Contributions and Attendance: MOVEMENT: a world conference for movement and cognition, 9-11 July 2017, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
MOVEMENT will address issues surrounding gait, motion, kinesiology, disorders of movement, movement rehabilitation, motion, and balance, movement and cognition, human factors and ergonomics. Workshops on dance, dance therapy, physiotherapy of movement impairment will also be available for attendees. Registration prior to the 30th of November attracts a lesser, 'early bird' fee. Abstracts can be submitted to the conference for presentation, either orally or by poster. 


CDN Picks of the Month

Australia Council launch: Interactive Arts Engagement Dashboard, Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council for the Arts has released a new online interactive dashboard that looks at attendance and participation with the arts at a local region level across Australia. Commissioned by the Australia Council, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) prepared data using the smallest geographical area to profile how people engage with the arts. Read more

New article: Major new initiative targets wellbeing in the artsArts Hub, 07 February 2017, Australia
Arts Centre Melbourne has taken a leadership role in developing a new program, developed by experts, to improve health and mental health in the arts, following a recent report that found that those working in the entertainment industry are at greater risk of anxiety, depression and substance abuse than the general population. Read more

Evaluation Resources: Better Evaluation 21 Free Evaluation Resources
A list of Better Evaluation's favourite resources of 2016 that are freely available online. The resources aren't necessarily new - but they are things that have been discovered for the first time or rediscovered in 2016. Offering a wide range tools, guides, examples and other resources to help do evaluation better. Information

Research report: Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries As Community Catalysts 
Institute of Museum and Library Services, 17 January 2017, USA 
This report includes case studies and a discussion of conceptual frameworks that can guide libraries, archives, and museums that seek to spark catalytic change in their communities. Information

A new interactive infograph: How art improves livesCreatequality
This interactive graphic – the first of its kind – explores the various benefits claimed for arts participation along with the strength of evidence backing those claims. Read more

New Winter 2017 Issue: Arts & International Affairs, the Institute for International Cultural Relations, University of Edinburgh
Performing Culture is the theme for the Winter 2017 issue, which comprises the following sections: Witnessing + Memory; Participation + Hierarchy; Performance + Heritage. Articles range from the curation and design of museums to wartime destruction of heritage works and sites. Read more

New article: How to change cities with culture: 10 tips using UNESCO
What is culture’s role in urban development, and what problems it can solve? This article takes highlights the most interesting cases of the role of culture in sustainable urban development based on the UNESCO Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development in the fall of 2016. Read more

New article: Australia needs more travelling theatre.
 Regional arts leader Lindy Hume has proposed the revival of an old idea to provide better theatre options in regional and remote Australia. Touring is a core business of the performing arts and a key factor in the provision of arts in regional areas. Regional Arts Australia estimates 90% of performing arts seen in regional Australia is toured from outside the regions. But when it comes to venues, investment goes to bricks-and-mortar performing arts centres in large cities or regional capitals. Instead of building another city-based performing arts centre, Regional arts leader, Lindy Hume has proposed the next venue constructed should be a travelling theatre. Read more

New report: Research finds career, entrepreneurial training leads to stronger career outcomes for arts graduates, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Recent graduates with arts degrees have better career and entrepreneurial training than those who came before them, according to a report released by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project at the Indiana University School of Education. Read more

New journal publication:
 Winter 2017 issue of Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. The three feature articles in this issue demonstrate developing research methods for arts entrepreneurship while illuminating field ontology (or ontologies) of both inquiry and practice. Read more

Database for evidence in cultural activity: CultureCase comprises a vast array of carefully selected academic research from universities and scholars around the world that can add value to the work of the cultural sector. The research on the site has been edited into easily accessible summaries of key findings and insights to help inform the sector and provide the empirical evidence to support activities across arts and culture. Read more


Position vacant: Marketing Assistant - Back to Back, Geelong, VIC
Back to Back Theatre is recruiting for a Marketing Assistant (0.4 EFT). If you love art, audiences and the digital world they would love to hear from you. Applications close 27 February 2017 Information & Position description

Call for applicants: Global Cultural Fellows, The Institute for International Cultural Relations, The University of Edinburgh
The Institute for International Cultural Relations at the University of Edinburgh invites applications for our Global Cultural Fellows programme for 2017-18.  The Global Cultural Fellows will explore cultural interests and values during academic year 2017-18 including a week of intensive activities during the world-famous Edinburgh festivals from 12-18 August 2017. Applications close 15 March 2017 Information

Funding opportunity: Building Better Regions Funding, The Australia Federal Government
$10million available for community infrastructure projects. The Community Investments Stream focuses on community building activities, expanding local events, strategic regional plans, capacity building and leadership. Successful projects will need to demonstrate the economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. $5k and $100k projects are encouraged to apply for the Community Investments Stream with matched funding required for projects over $20k. Applicants can be Councils or Not-for-profits.Applications for the Infrastructure stream close 28 Feb, for the Community Investment Stream it is 31 March.  Information

Support for your project or idea: Light Bulb Moments, Regional Australia Institute
It's often the bright ideas of people in regional Australia that have the greatest impact on local communities. In partnership with PRIME7 and GWN7, the Regional Australia Institute is aiming to capture the best ideas for community and economic development from all over regional Australia. This could be anything from a project that helps young people into local jobs, to an initiative that will attract visitors to your region. Finalists will receive dedicated project development support and national publicity. One overall winner will also get their own TV ad and airtime to help promote success. Entries close 10 March 2017.

Grant opportunity: City of Sydney Cultural & Creative Grants, Sydney
The cultural and creative grants and sponsorship program supports projects and initiatives that provide opportunities for creative participation, enhance creativity in the public domain and strengthen the sustainability and capacity of the City’s cultural and creative industries. Applications close 13 March 2017 Information

Registration now open: National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) 16th of March 2017
Show your support for health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by hosting a NCTGD event, or promoting NCTGD in your workplaces. Sign up your office or host a private event

Call for submissions: Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts is partnering with the Kresge Foundation to produce its first-ever special issue focused on Arts Entrepreneurship and Creative Placemaking. Arizona State University Herberger Institute Professor Maria Rosario Jackson, along with Greg Esser, will be guest editors of this special issue. Submissions for the special issue are  due April 15, 2017. Information

Scholarship opportunity: Rotary Peace Fellow Scholarships, Rotary Peace Centers
Each year, Rotary funds some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at Rotary Peace Centers. Through training, study, and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution; many go on to careers in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank. Applications for the 2018-19 Rotary Peace Fellowship program are now being accepted. The deadline for applicants to submit applications to their district is 31 May. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. Information

Call for expressions of interest: The Biennale of Australian Art, 21 Sep- 6 Nov 2017, Ballarat
The Biennale of Australian Art is a Visual Arts Festival, showcasing the work of innovative contemporary artists Australia-wide. Based in Ballarat, the festival will feature both large and intimate scaled projects throughout over fifty locations. The Biennale will tell Australian stories, of the past, present and future. It will reflect what it means to be Australian in the current day, celebrating multiculturalism while retaining a strong Aboriginal focus.

Applications close April 2017. Information

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