CDN News - September 2013


» 1. From the Office
» 2. Cultural Development Policy Issues
» 3. Professional Development Activities
» 4. New Resources
» 5. Funding
» 6. Arts Events
» 7. Opportunities

From the Office


Dear colleagues, 

We have been very active this month presenting, promoting and participating in various cultural planning and policy forums.  John Smithies recently attended Articulate 2013: Queensland Regional Arts and Culture Conference in Rockhampton to lead a panel on the topic of "Local Government as Learners as Leaders in the Arts".  The presentation discussed the influence and role of local government in growing arts participation, particularly with respect to the role of CACD (community arts and cultural development)-focussed artists in strengthening and animating local communities. John presented a model of the dynamic relationships between councils, communities and artists that CDN has developed after considerable experience in national local government based projects.  Panellists, (Cr Judy Peters, Bundaberg Regional Council; Rod Ainsworth, community arts producer, Creative Regions; Sue McLennan, Charters Towers Regional Council; Thalep Ahmat, Bidgerdii Community Health Centre and Darren Scott, Gold Coast City Council) reflected on their experience of local government as an active partner in the arts, and commented on the model.

Kim Dunphy participated in the Australian Evaluation Society Conference in Brisbane, which attracted participants with a strong interest in arts and evaluation from around Australia and New Zealand. These delegates were keen to form a special interest group of the AES, to strengthen evaluation practice in and of the arts.  Kim's paper on "A model for holistic evaluation of arts engagement", in which outcomes of arts engagement are considered holistically, across the dimensions of personal well-being, cultural vitality, social inclusion, civic engagement, economic viability and ecological sustainability.  Kim also made a presentation entitled "Tracing the inclusion of culture as a dimension of policy in local governance, internationally and in Australia" at the Cultural Policy Moment Symposium in Melbourne, organised by Deakin and Melbourne Universities. This symposium featured twelve presentations covering the new Australian National Cultural Policy and relates issues about cultural policy. Presenters included: Julian Meyrick, Jennifer Craik, Ben Eltham and Rimi Khan. James Zarucky, who assisted Kim with the research for the presentation, and Lyndall Metzke attended the symposium. Their report of the event can be accessed from CDN's website

In a new initiative this year, CDN is focussing resources on a program of research to assist local government cultural development practitioners in their work. 

See below for current cultural development news and resources.

Regards from the CDN team: John Smithies, Kim Dunphy and Lyndall Metzke.


Cultural Development Policy Issues

The National Local Government Cultural Forum, October 15, 2013 in Perth

The first meeting of the National Local Government Cultural Forum took place on the 19th June in Canberra to coincide with the Australian Local Government Association’s General Assembly. The next meeting of the Cultural Forum is scheduled for 15 October in Perth, Western Australia.  
CDN’s Research Program Manager Kim Dunphy recently presented a one-day workshop for cultural development professionals to assist with effective planning and evaluation of their activities. 

CDN supports two groups of local government professionals that meet to discuss issues of relevance:

Municipal Association of Victoria Arts and Culture Committee Meetings 2013
This group of elected representatives and council staff meets quarterly to advise MAV's Board on issues to do with Arts and Culture in Victoria councils.

LGPro Arts and Culture Special Interest Group Meetings 2013
This SIG operates as a forum to support Local Government arts management and development activities. Delegates from all Local Government authorities across Victoria are invited to participate in discussions on topics relevant to the arts and culture portfolios.

LaTrobe University
Centre for Creative Arts, Paper Tigers Project

A postgraduate student-led initiative to provide an online network of emergent scholars and arts practitioners to generate discussion and online publication.

Deakin University
Arts Participation Incubator

Next generation thinking in the cultural sector.

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Professional Development Activities

International Cities, Town Centres and Communities (ICTC) 2014 Conference
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, WA from Wednesday 16-18 October 2013.
Change in social behavior and technologies present many challenges to cities and towns alike. 
This is an event in 2 parts that takes place on Thursday October 3 from 5.30 pm–8 pm

The Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Faculty of the VCA & MCM
5 week intensive Graduate Certificate in Arts & Community Engagement

November 11- December 14 2013
ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Digital Interventions Symposium: Digital Interventions in Everyday Creativity
Tuesday 3 December 2013 9:00 am to 5:00 am
Spectrum Gallery, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Perth, Western Australia. This symposium examines how digital media are implicated in processes of change.
Spectres of Evaluation Conference
The Centre for Cultural Partnerships, VCA & MCM, University of Melbourne & Footscray Community Arts Centre
6-7 February 2014
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray
This international arts conference examines creative and critical approaches to evaluation and value in relation to community-engaged arts practice.

Regional Arts Australia National Conference and Festival
Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, 16-19 October 2014
With an 18-year history the Regional Arts Australia Conference and Festival is joined by an influential network of community developers from across the country and the world. 

15-16 October, 2014, Albury Victoria
Australian Regional Development Conference (ARDC).
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21st ENCATC National Conference
Rethinking Education in Arts and Cultural Management

5-7 November 2013, Antwerp, Belgium.

6th World Summit on Arts and Culture, registrations now open.
13-16 January, 2014 Santiago, Chile

2014 The Arts in Society Conference, call for papers
25-27 June 2014
, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

8th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research
9-12 September 2014, University of Hildesheim, Germany
Providing a space for exploring cultural policies, their meanings, roles and impact in an interdisciplinary and international environment. 
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New Resources

Community Cultural Development Frameworks
Presentation by Jade Lillie (Footscray Community Arts Centre) and Steph Vajda (Ferment Collaborate)
People and the Planet Conference, Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT University, July 2013

Making Art with Communities: A Work Guide
Making Art with Communities: A Work Guide has been developed by Arts Victoria in conjunction with VicHealth and Victorian community arts network, Castanet.
Sarah Gardner, ed. International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) May 2013
Municipal Cultural Planning: A Toolkit for Ontario Municipalities

Arts and culture to be included in ONS well-being measures
By:Michael Quinn, The
Engagement with the arts and culture is to be included for the first time as one of the measures used by government to calculate the UK’s sense of well-being.

The Economic Contribution of Culture
Australian Bureau of Statistics, June 2013, Australia
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released a discussion paper about measuring the economic contribution of cultural and creative activity in Australia.
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Public Record office Victoria Local History Grants Program 2013-2014 Applications for the 2013-2014 round of the Local History Grants Program are now open.
Applications close at 5pm Monday 11 November 2013. 

Mornington Peninsula Shire Community Grant Scheme
The Mornington Peninsula Shire invites applications from non-profit community organisations for grants to assist with projects which benefit the Mornington Peninsula community. 

Regional Development Victoria
Putting Locals First Program

The Putting Locals First Program (PLFP) component of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is a $100 million initiative designed to enable regional communities to devise and deliver service and infrastructure responses which reflect local priorities. 

Arts Victoria: VicArts Grants
Applications close Wednesday 18 September 2013 for projects commencing from 1 January 2014.

The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies. It provides one-off support for discrete projects that will develop - and bring dynamism to - Victoria’s arts sector. 

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Arts Events: Exhibitions, Performing Arts, Media and Programs

Whitehorse Artspace, Waterholes Exhibition
11 Sept -  5 Oct, 2013
In celebration of the United Nations' International Year of Water Cooperation.

Asialink: Cambodian artist Amy Lee Stanford - Break Pot Performance
Tuesday 24 September, 6-7.30pm
Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Level 1, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne.

Festival of Healthy Living 15th anniversary celebration
World Mental Health Day: Resilient Kids, Resilient Communities
Thursday 10 October, 9am-4.30pm. Ella Latham Theatre, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.

‘Mystery Road’ Australian Film
Release date:  17 October, 2013.

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Australia Council for he Arts, Community Partnerships
Sector drinks meet and greet

Wednesday 25 September 6pm, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne
Buy your own drinks ($5 each) Light snacks provided.
RSVP 16 September,

Wyndham City Council, Maribyrnong City Council and Hobsons Bay Council are collaborating to develop an online resource for artists and arts practitioners in Melbourne’s West to network with each other and showcase their artistic and creative services to the broader community.

Asialink Arts Residency Program; Applications close 30 September.
The aim of Asialink’s Arts Residency Program is to create meaningful and enduring relationships between individuals and organisations in Australia and Asia.
The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards celebrate the wide range of successful and innovative contributions to health promotion in Victoria, both new and established. Nominations close 13 September, 2013.

2013 Australian Craft Awards
Entries close 15 September. 2013.

Looking for a job where you can make a difference? Join Victoria’s leading arts and disability organisation where your exceptional finance skills will be valued by all. 

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Regards from the CDN team: John Smithies, Kim Dunphy and Lyndall Metzke.

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