CDN e-news - No. 10, 2016: Cultural Development Planning workshops, Arts Dubbo 2016, Study Tour to Jeju Island Korea 2017.


» 1. From the Office
» 2. Cultural Development Activities 
» 3. Professional Development Activities
» 4. New Resources
» 5. Opportunities

From the Office

Dear colleagues,

CDN delivers Cultural Development Planning workshops
Last month CDN Director attended and presented a workshop session at a United Cities and Local Government Asia Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC) forum on cultural tourism, in Jeju Island, Korea. The workshop introduced participants to CDN’s Cultural Development Planning Framework as well as the measurable cultural outcomes endorsed by the National Local Government Cultural Forum, now being trialed and tested across Australia.

Throughout October and November CDN has also teamed up with the Local Government Association of NSW to roll out Cultural Development Planning Workshops in NSW. The first of these workshops was delivered in Sydney this week to a sold out session made up of arts and culture managers and staff from councils in NSW. The workshop focused on delivering a comprehensive step by step guide in how to plan using an evidence-based outcome-focused approach, with thought provoking discussions unfolding throughout the day. More workshops are set for November in Sydney and Wagga Wagga. 

Call for Expression of Interest: Local Government Art and Culture Managers Study Tour to Jeju Island, Korea
CDN are seeking expressions of interest for a proposed study tour to Jeju Island, Korea in April 2017. The program will include attendance at the
 2nd UCLG Culture Summit as well as learning opportunities for local government staff to understand their work within a global context. More details will be made available soon. In the meantime if you would like to express your interest in participating in this program please email:
International Presentation by Adriana Partal: Proposing a System for Cultural Impact Assessment in Contemporary Local Governments
Last week CDN's collaborating researcher Adriana Partal from RMIT Europe in Barcelona represented CDN at the 7th ENCATC Research Session in Valencia, Spain. 44 papers from 22 countries were selected by the Research Session’s Scientific Committee with Adriana's paper discussing her research with CDN on cultural impact assessment. The European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC) is an NGO which works in partnership with the European Union, UNESCO and is an observer to the Council of Europe. In practice ENCATC bridges academics, researchers and practitioners by organising educational activities and events, fostering critical debate and publishing academic research.

ArtLand Dubbo 2016
Later this month CDN DIrector, John Smithies will be heading to Dubbo where he will participate in two panel discussions at the ArtLand Dubbo Conference. Joining Georgia Moore (Culture Counts Australia) and Lindy Allen (Living Proof Media), who also sits on the CDN Board, the three will discuss the topic ''Where's the evidence? New approaches to measuring the arts.'' John will also be teaming up with Sally Watterson from the Local Government Association of NSW to present on
Councils, Culture & Communities and the developments unfolding in these areas across Australia. For more information about this event please click here.

CDN soon recruiting for a new Research Program Manager
With Dr. Kim Dunphy now taking up a consultancy position within the organisation, CDN is seeking a new Research Program Manager for 2017. The vacant position will soon be advertised. We invite you share this information with your networks and watch this space for more details. 

Artist Focus Group, City of Darebin
CDN in collaboration with City of Darebin will be holding a focus group with local artists later in November 2016. The purpose of this meeting will be to better understand the relationship that currently exists between local artists and local councils and the role of each of these in creating culturally rich and vibrant communities. A literature review is currently being undertaken by CDN to better inform this area of our work.

CDN welcomes new intern, Lauren Brooker
CDN is delighted to welcome Lauren Brooker to our team for the next couple of months. Lauren studies health promotion at Monash University and has put her research hat on while here at CDN, contributing to our literature reviews and developing an indigenous research protocol document for the organisation. 
Warm regards,

From the CDN team, John Smithies, Kim Dunphy,  Amy Stevenson and Lauren Brooker.

CDN's activities and other cultural policy news 

'Arts Information Exchange' is now live! 

The Arts Information Exchange is a new on-line question and answer exchange enabling anyone on-line to post questions related to the arts that are automatically sent to a collection of skilled and experienced arts advisors drawn from across arts agencies, arts organisations, community organisations and individuals across Australia. 
The system was developed with Creative Victoria and a collection of Victorian arts organisations.

We encourage you all to engage through this platform, which has been purpose built for the arts sector. You can sign up as either an 'advisor' or 'seeker' here. 

Local government support groups
Our website offers details of groups of local government professionals that meet to discuss issues of relevance to local government cultural development across Australia.

Two groups active in Victoria are:

Municipal Association of Victoria Arts and Culture Committee- elected representatives and council staff meets quarterly to advise MAV's Board on issues related to Arts and Culture in Victoria councils.
LGPro Arts and Culture Special Interest Group - delegates from all Local Government authorities across Victoria are invited to participate in discussions on topics relevant to the arts and culture portfolios.


Other special new and events 

Special event: Mai Fali Eh Exhibition Opening NightFriday 4 November  6  9pm, Box Hill Community Arts Centre
Box Hill Community Arts Centre (BHCAC) and Timor-Leste’s Afalyca Art Centre have collaborated to produce the Mai Fali Eh exhibition. ‘Mai Fali Eh’ is a well- known Timorese song that depicts a mother calling her children home at sunset. The song has also been used to beckon those who have left Timor-Leste during its troubled past to return. Opening night will feature performances by Mystic Trio and the Timorese Tebe Dancing Group. Information

Special offer from 3MBS for arts organisations 
3MBS is Melbourne’s only local fine music radio station. Their broadcasters are all volunteers who are passionate about fine music and want to share their passion with like-minded community members. 3MBS engages a diverse community of almost 200 volunteer workers in a range of activities including music cataloguing, radio production, sound engineering and administration. With over 330,000 Monthly listeners and over 3000 subscribers they can help connect you to their audience.
Please contact Con Kalamaras at for a Media Kit and for a special 10% introductory discount if you mention CDN.

Professional development activities

Professional development program: GENERATE  Footscray Community Arts Centre, April- Dec 2016, Footscray, VIC  
For emerging or established artist, cultural workers or those simply interested in learning more about working effectively in community-engaged contexts. Sessions include co-curating with communities; collaboration and partnerships; arts and activism; developing diverse audiences, and more!

Applications open: Roving Curators Program 2017, Museums Australia Victoria provides small museums and galleries with exhibition development assistance, including several days’ on-site advice as well as follow-up support. Applications 18 October Information

Preliminary conference program: Artlands Dubbo 2016, Regional Arts NSW, 27-30 October  An exciting program of theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts celebrating the vitality and creativity of NSW regional artists. Information

2016 ASSA Symposium: Social Sciences: Understanding Policy Impacts, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, 8 November 2016, Old Parliament House, Canberra. The Symposium will considers alternative ways of demonstrating the impact of the social sciences for Australia. The one-day symposium will produce a concise document, reflecting on the proceedings and making some recommendations for how we might better assess the impact of social science research on public policy. Information

International Cities, Town Centres Conference: Future Places: Conflict in Harmony, 9-11 November, Launceston, Tasmania, Information 

Special event: Arts Front 2030- Change is Coming, 23-25 November 2016, Feral Arts, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria. This national, three-day gathering of artists, thinkers and change agents from across the country to help shape the future of culture and arts in Australia. 120 participants and invited guests will come together in Melbourne to work on: developing a shared vision for culture and arts in 2030; building a national network of collaborators; and planning joint campaigns and projects. Information

Conference: Turning Learning Back to Front: Public Pedagogies Conference 2016 , 28-30th November, Victoria University, Nicholson Street Campus, Footscray, VIC Information

Conference: Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference 2016, 14-17 December, The Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, and the University of Sydney, NSW.  A major international conference where scholars from all five continents gather regularly to exchange research, views, and insights. Information

Call for papers: "Framing Art and Cultural Management: the relationship of the management of arts and cultural objects to globalisation, internationalisation, and migration" Seminar, 16-17 January, Heilbronn University, Germany is the start of a series of seminars and the building of a network of researchers, policymakers and arts and cultural management practitioners who are interested in developing greater critical discourse on the contribution of arts and cultural management to intercultural understanding. Deadline for submissions 16 October . Information

Call for Contributions: The Journal of Arts & Communities invites contributions from researchers and practitioners from around the world who wish to increase the understanding and development of the socially engaged arts. This Special Edition Journal is in partnership with Amnesty International, dedicated to the critical examination of Arts, Activism and Human Rights to be published August 2017. Information

EOI now open:  Creative Industries Summit, Melbourne 2017, Creative Victoria, through the of Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). Taking place in Melbourne across two days in 2017, the summit will bring together leading thinkers and practitioners from across the cultural and creative landscape, enabling industry and cross-sector networking, expansion of business practice, new partnerships and new ideas. The Creative Industries Summit is one of 40 key actions contained in Victoria’s first creative industries strategy, Creative State. Full details of the EOI process and event requirements are now on the Victorian Government tenders website. Submissions will be accepted until Wednesday 19 October 2016. Information
International Summit: 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture 18-21 October, Valletta, Malta.  Open to all those who work, or aspire to work, in the arts and culture sector. The theme is about Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century. Information

Conference: Arts & Audiences 7-8 Nov, Gothenburg (SE). Arts & Audiences is a Nordic cross-sector meeting point for cultural leaders, artists, artistic directors, curators, producers, learning managers, communication managers, cultural architects and strategists who want to find new ways to extend and expand audience engagementInformation

Conference: Creative Placemaking Knowledge Exchange Conference The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, 11 November, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newmark. The theme for this years conference is The Art of Healthy Communities. Information

Research Camp: ‘Collective Creative Practises in Southeast Asia’, 18-20 Nov the Asia Pacific Network for Cultural Education and Research (ANCER), Singapore Information
CDN Picks of the Month

New Report: Showcasing Creativity: Programming and Presenting First Nations Performing Arts, Australia Council for the Arts.
This report discusses the level and types of First Nations performing arts programming in Australia’s mainstream venues and festivals; the presenting of works to audiences; and the motivations and obstacles for presenters and producers. It provides an opportunity and evidence base for the broader arts sector to examine decision making processes about programming, presenting and marketing First Nations works to Australian audiences. It aims to promote and inform discussion about what is needed to achieve a culturally ambitious nation that cherishes First Nations arts. Read more

Victorian culture guide: Experience Culture Victoria 2016/2017, Cultural Tourism Victoria
Filled with creative places, spaces and cultural experiences to explore throughout Melbourne and the regions of Victoria. An electronic version of the guide is available
 here to download and include on your website and via social media networks. To order free printed copies (48 per box) please download and complete the order form. Brochures DM can be contacted directly via email: or phone 03 9509 1044.  Should you require any additional information on our guide please contact our Executive Officer – Carrie Donaldson on 0415 581 135 or email

New research report: Australians Today The Scanion Foundation. Landmark research into multiculturalism 2016. Information

New book: Form, Art and the Environment: Engaging in Sustainability, Series: Routledge Studies in Culture and Sustainable Development, 2016 By Nathalie Blanc, Université Paris Diderot, France. and Barbara L. Benish, ArtMill: Center for Sustainable Creativity, Czech Republic
This book investigates how community arts, environmental creativity, and the changing role of artists in the Polis contribute to the goal of a sustainable future from a number of interdisciplinary perspectives. From considering the role that art works play in revealing local environmental problems such as biodiversity, public transportation and energy issues, to examining the way in which artists and art works enrich our multidimensional understanding of culture and sustainable development, Form, Art and the Environment advocates the inestimable value of art as an expressive force in promoting sustainable culture and conscious development. Utilising a broad range of case studies and analysis from a body of work collected through the international environmental COAL prize, this book examines the evolution of the relationship between culture and the environment.
Good practice case study from Agenda 21: Rouyn-Noranda, Cultural Capital is a city with 41,934 inhabitants, located 600 km to the northwest of Montreal. In 1997, the city adopted a cultural policy, which aimed to use the cultural awakening among citizens at the heart of municipal concerns. The city’s unfailing commitment to arts and culture through this policy is testament to the city's strong belief that cultural vitality is directly linked to the quality of life of citizens and constitutes a way of attracting and retaining professionals and tourists. Distanced from the major centres and economically focused on more traditional sectors, the city’s strategy has allow for economic diversification in a human, social and sustainable context, which had promoted jobs and placed citizens at the heart of the city. Read more

New report: Making sense of Cultural Equity, Createquality By Clara Inés Schuhmacher, Katie Ingersoll, Fari Nzinga and Ian David Moss on August 31, 2016
This work identifies four distinct but overlapping visions of success (diversity; prosperity; redistribution; and self-determination) that have been advanced by advocates of cultural equity over the decades. The piece represents six months of work and draws heavily on contributions to the literature from Cultural Research Network subscribers Plural Culture (Mina Matlon, Ingrid van Haastrecht, Kaitlyn Wittig Menguc) and Bronwyn Mauldin, as well as Helicon’s Holly Sidford. Read more 

New report: Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, the United Nations Human Rights, 9 August 2016
In her latest report, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Karima Bennoune states that the intentional destruction of cultural heritage is a human rights issue and calls for national and international mechanisms to prevent such destruction, hold those accountable who have caused the destruction and support and protect those who defend cultural heritage. Read more

New article: "Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making"in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, Vol. 33, No. 2, 74-80. 2016. USA. By Girija Kaimal, Kendra Ray and Juan Muniz. This article describes a medical study in which researchers examined the relationship between the production of visual art and the brain cortisol levels of 39 adults. Information

New report:
"The Fusion Effect: The economic returns to combining arts and science skills”. 2016. United Kingdom. By Joshua Siepel et al. NESTA. This report examines potential synergy from a combination of arts and science competencies in the UK workforce, and assesses performance impacts that result from a "STEAM" approach Information

New report: "Creative Citymaking: In Search of the New Village. 2016. USA. By William Cleveland and Intermedia Arts. Americans for the Arts.
This report evaluates the planning, program activities, and outcomes of the 2013 ArtPlace America-funded grant project "Creative Citymaking," a collaboration between the City of Minneapolis and Intermedia Arts. Information

New online tool launch: The Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy, Brussels the Council of Europe and the European Commission, 14 October, Brussels. The Indicator Framework examines the multifaceted relationship between culture and democracy using conventional and cutting-edge statistical methods. This new tool maps European trends and generates comparable national and European data, providing policy makers with feedback on cultural policy performance. The result enables a strong statement on culture's value for democracy, proposing a set of principles for cultural policy-making to promote democracy and active citizenship. Information

Position vacant: Research Fellow, Australia Council for the Arts, Surrey Hills
Lead strategic research partnerships and collaborations with external stakeholders including universities, industry groups and other agencies with specific research emphasis on the impacts of arts and culture. 
Applications close Wednesday 12 October 2016 Information

Call for proposals: Development of a communications and outreach strategy for the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Deadline for submissions 17 October 2016  Information

Funding opportunity: Creative Sparks, Brisbane City Council and Queensland Arts Government through Arts Queensland.
Creative Sparks is a funding program that supports artists, artsworkers and producers who live and work in Brisbane, to ensure the city develops as a New World City and centre of creative activity. Up to $20,000 per applicant available. Applications close 20 October 2016
Position vacant: Special Projects Officer, Arts, Heritage and Events, City of Whittlesea
5 Months Fixed Term
Part Time
Salary $90,300 + Super (Pro Rata). Applications close 6:00pm Sunday 23 October 2016 Information

International employment opportunity: The Centre for Social Studies (CES) at the University of Coimbra has launched calls for three employment opportunities as part of the research project "CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas. CREATOUR is an incubator/demonstration and multidisciplinary research initiative, supporting collaborative research processes. The three-year project aims to connect the cultural/creative and tourism sectors through the development of an integrated research and application approach to catalyzing creative tourism in small cities and rural areas. Opportunities include research fellowships and post-doctorate positions. Deadline for applications: 28th October 2016 Information

Position vacant: Arts Practice Officer, Australia Council for the Arts, Full-time 2 year contract, $58,549 + 15.4% superannuation
Provide high level logistical and planning support to enhance the work of the Arts Practice team. Information

Seed grant: Vibrant Acland Seed Grants, City of Port Phillip
Come summer time Acland Street, St Kilda will have a brand new plaza! Council is looking to fund a range of events, festivals, installations, pop-ups, public classes, recreational and creative activities that demonstrate the broad possibilities of the site, test new ideas and can show an ability to be self-sufficient in the future. Applications open online: Tuesday 1 November 2016 Information

EOI now open: Exhibit at VU at MetroWest in Footscray
Exhibit your artwork in the VU at MetroWest gallery or create a unique indoor wall mural in 2017 at Victoria University’s community hub in central Footscray. Four creative opportunities in total - Expressions of Interest are now open. Applications close 4 November, 2016. Information

Call for Volunteers: Toolangi Sculpture Trail 2016 6-20 November 2016, Toolangi, Victoria.
This event will bring the local community of Toolangi, Yarra Valley and the Kinglake Ranges together through a program of artistic and environmental events that will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the International Sculpture Event UNESCO. The two week program includes a professional artist's residency; community sculpture activities; a schools and youth education program; environmental art workshops; Indigenous weaving; day and night tours of the forest;  Indigenous storytelling; artist and environmentalist talks, and much more. Organisers seeks volunteer for a range of these activities. Information

Seeking participants: ArtsReady-a new entry-level employment trainee program for the Creative SectorThe program links trainees with partner organisations to deliver quality workplace experiences and industry recognised qualifications, while providing support every step of the way as trainees build a career. Information
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