CDN News - June 2014


» 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, 

This week the CDN team have completed the second series of our Cultural Planning Forums, held in central Melbourne (Melbourne City Council) and four regional locations: Camperdown (Corangamite Shire Council); Kerang (Gannawarra Shire Council); Seymour (Mitchell Shire Council) and Traralgon (Latrobe City Council). 

The second forum focussed on the use of evidence in planning, ways to use and collect data and draw from existing research in cultural planning, and how to evaluate plans and activities. Two new initiatives being undertaken by CDN were presented: a collection of data relevant to cultural development practitioners and available at LGA level, and literature review of the evidence for outcomes of local government's cultural development work.  These are intended to assists evidence-based planning. Resources lists about cultural planning and evaluation were offered.   More information about these resources here
We are enjoying working with colleagues in this series, exchanging ideas and creating a shared framework for cultural planning. The framework prioritises integrated planning, the use of culture as a significant dimension of local government’s work, and  evidence-based work. The engagement of councils has been very encouraging, with more than 50 of Victoria's 79 councils participating. This series is presented by CDN in collaboration with the Arts and Culture Committee, Municipal Association of Victoria, with support from Arts Victoria, and five council hosts.  

More information about the forum series, including an article by Artshub, and a report on progress is available here. 
Regards from the CDN team: John Smithies, Kim Dunphy, Lyndall Metzke and Leda Yazgin.
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Cultural Development Network's activities

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Cultural Planning Forums Across Victoria: third forums and final event – July 2014
The final forum in the series of three on cultural planning will be held in July, focussing on integration and application of these new ideas into the cultural planning process.

Dates: Camperdown (Corangamite Shire Council), Tuesday July 15; Kerang (Gannawarra Shire Council), Thursday July 17; Seymour (Mitchell Shire Council), Tuesday July 22 and Traralgon (Latrobe City Council), Thursday July 24; Melbourne, Wednesday July 30.
Forum Facilitators: John Smithies and Dr. Kim Dunphy, Cultural Development Network, with contributions from local professionals in each location. The forums are tailored to local government staff involved in developing and implementing cultural plans.  New participants are welcome at this event, which starts with a  recap of previous content.  Cost: $65 each forum. Register here. Find out more here.

The final forum will be followed by a briefing session for other stakeholders in the cultural planning process: CEOs, senior managers, local artists, local leaders and elected representatives.  Other cultural development professionals who would like to know about about the proposed cultural planning framework are welcome to attend.   

Join forum participants to celebrate the end of the series and hear about their work, and         
enjoy drinks and networking in City of Melbourne’s new state of the art Library at the Dock.

4.30-6 pm, Wednesday July 30, City of Melbourne's new Library at the Dock, 
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Melbourne.

Cr. Rod Fyffe, Chair of the Arts and Culture Committee, Municipal Association of Victoria; Board member, Cultural Development Network; Ward councillor and former Mayor of City of Greater Bendigo
Andrew Abbott, Director, Arts Victoria
John Smithies, Director, Cultural Development Network
Enquiries and RSVP: Lyndall Metzke,
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Yarra Ranges Council recognised by international local government body

The Victorian Shire of Yarra Ranges Council was recently recognised by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) ‘International Award UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21′ for its cultural planning and has been recommended as good practice.  We congratulate Shire of Yarra Ranges Council for submitting their 2008-2013 plan to the international jury and for being selected.
Jury Citation: The Jury highlights the long-term vision and commitment of Yarra Ranges (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) with its project “Cultural Policy and Action Plan 2008-2013.” The Jury values the importance of the local cultural strategies which are developed through consultation with the community, incorporate elements of innovation, and are implemented in coordination with urban actors (including, therefore, cultural actors and the rest of the key actors of a society: civic, social, economic, etc.). All these elements are present in the Yarra Ranges project. The Jury recognizes that the project links cultural values with democratic governance, citizen participation and sustainable development of Yarra Ranges. The Jury requests that the UCLG Committee on Culture promotes this project as a good practice.

Information of the UCLG Committee on Culture
Information on the Awards
UCLG Award – Yarra Ranges
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VLGMINOne day forum for local government professionals
Beyond festival showcasing:  diversity issues in local cultural development:
 Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat.
10 am - 4.00 pm, Thursday 30 October 2014

Planning is underway for the annual Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) Forum. This year the forum will focus on arts and culture themes in partnership with the Cultural Development Network and Multicultural Arts Victoria. I Registration and program details will be available early in the second half of the year.
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United Cities and Local Government Committee for Culture update
The process of producing a new Agenda 21 for culture was approved by UCLG in 2013. It continues in 2014 with several formats, including a Pilot Cities programme, and will end with the Culture Summit of UCLG which is being planned for the beginning of 2015. The new document will be built on the achievements of Agenda 21 for culture and update its recommendations. It will be more clearly oriented to the implementation of policies. It will provide more space to promote intelligence, good practices and networking, with more exchanges (peer-review, expertise) among the cities in a global network. You are invited to download, disseminate and comment the first draft of the new A21C. The next meeting of the Committee on Culture will take place in Buenos Aires on 29 September - 3 October 2014 and will discuss this draft in depth. 
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Local government professional support groups

CDN supports two groups of local government professionals that meet to discuss issues of relevance to local government cultural development in Victoria. Visit their websites for reports about activity and coming meetings:

Municipal Association of Victoria Arts and Culture Committee
This group of 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
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.

Creating Australia
Creating Australia is an independent non-profit organisation providing advocacy, support and leadership for organisations, arts companies and artists who work directly with the community to bring about positive social change. Creating Australia is part of the Australia Council’s new National Sector Development Initiative, along with the Digital Platform (website launching soon) and the Local Government Cultural Forum. Creating Australia is now off and running with the launch of its new website:

Professional Development Activities

Footscray Community Arts Centre
Presenting ArtSpace, Cert III in Visual Arts
- It’s where art is made and not just taught.
Applications are now open. The course is competitively priced and offers flexible options around either part time or full time study. 
Specialising in the development of diversity and access, Jo Verrent will be speaking in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne in early July. Jo is a UK artist, consultant and producer with disability who is the co-founder of Sync, a training program that focuses on the interplay between leadership and disability that provides a fresh perspective and challenges deep seated thinking about leadership.
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Research Unit in Public Cultures. The University of Melbourne
Cultural Evaluation Masterclass

26 and 27 June, 2014
As culture becomes increasingly central to governmental strategies for working within communities, there is a growing demand for methods which can evaluate the impacts of policies and programs. This program offers participants effective strategies for implementing a variety of approaches to cultural evaluation.
The Second International Teaching Artist Conference, 1-3 July, 2014 Brisbane
Call for participation for community artists, community cultural development workers, artist-in-residences.
Co-hosted by the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and in association with QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival for Children 2014. 
Friday, 25 July – Saturday, 26 July, 2014
The Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Bell Street, Preston
Featuring keynote speaker Sr Agio Pereira, Minister of State and President of the Council of Ministers. Other speakers include representatives of Timor-Leste and Australian government and civil society organisations and friendship groups.
For all public art practitioners and commissioners – this is an unmissable event! Come along and discover Gap Filler (NZ); they make amazing site-specific arts projects that have paved the way for the revitalisation of post-earthquake Christchurch. This hands-on workshop for site specific artists, local government staff and commissioners of public arts is brought to you by Deakin University’s Arts Participation Incubator (API) and the Melbourne City Council Arts and Participation Program.
Friday, October 31, Melbourne CBD
Early bird price: $225.00 (Save $50 off the full price)
Be Informed – Gain insight on funding; social media; audience; and industry trends.
Be Inspired – Connect with industry leading professionals and learn from their successes.
Be Innovative – Learn how to differentiate yourself; progress your career; and overcome today’s key challenges.
The Dax Centre, Symposium promoting emotional healing and wellbeing in Aboriginal communities.19 and 20 September 2014
Exhibition: 15 May–17 October 2014
Opening night: 29 May 2014
This symposium seeks to explore the role of art in promoting emotional healing and wellbeing in Aboriginal communities.
The Dax Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, University of Melbourne, Genetics Lane off Royal Parade, Parkville, Vic, 3010
October 16-19, 2014
Arts & Edges, the Regional Arts Australia Summit, will be hosted by Country Arts WA to showcase regional arts on a national platform from the unique location of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia. Part conference, part festival, all art: the biennial Summit is the largest gathering for the arts community outside of Australia’s capital cities.

Arts Activated Conference 2014
28 - 29 October, 2014, Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney
People with disability have an important role to play in Australia’s arts and culture; this is what makes Arts Activated a valuable meeting place for those passionate about the arts and disability sectors.Keynote speakers: Marcus Dickey Horley, Curator of Special Projects at Tate Gallery, UK and Jo Verrant, a diversity trainer, consultant and project manager in the UK cultural sector.

Art Association of Australia and New Zealand
Friday 5 December – Monday 8 December 2014, Launceston, Tasmania
The 2014 annual conference of the Art Association Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) will take place at the Inveresk Cultural Precinct, Launceston, Tasmania, 5-7 December 2014.

ACSPRI Conference, 7-10 December 2014
The Australian Consortium of Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) will host a conference on the 7th-10th of December, 2014 at The University of Sydney. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum on current and emerging issues in social science methodology nationally and internationally. The is the 4th ACSPRI hosted methods conference. Conferences were held in 2006, 2010 and 2012.
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8–9 August 2014, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
International conference and workshop on "Reflections on Creativity: Public Engagement and the Making of Place".

Centre for Research in Arts and Economics (CREARE)
6th consecutive Edition of the International Summer School in Cultural Economics 

Amsterdam, August 19-23
Program: "Value of Culture - the relationship between Economics, Culture & Art".

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.

22nd ENCATC Annual Conference
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 5th ANNUAL ENCATC Research Session - 18 September 2014, Brno (CZ) - deadline for submission 7 July 2014
17-19 September 2014 // Brno, Czech Republic
“New Challenges for the Arts: Is it just about money? Social, aesthetic and economic aspects of arts management in the public and private sectors”.
International Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, Ottawa, Canada
09 October 2014 to 11 October 2014
STP&A is an interdisciplinary gathering of researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and students that explores key trends, practices and policy issues affecting the arts around the world.
The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
27 November 2014 to 30 November 2014
Convergence is an arts summit dedicated to exploring the ways that arts practices intersect with each other and with technology in a complex physical and social ecology.
Call for presentations.
December 19-22 - Tuscany, Italy
"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"
The annual multidisciplinary conference brings together performers, practising performing arts academics and artists from all continents. The conference mission is to create the international meeting point for performers and teachers working in various art genres, techniques and forms - theatre, dance, music, visual and multimedia art.
A seminar organised in Paris in partnership with the European Joint Research Centre, UNESCO, and OECD. This event will offer participants the possibility to understand the most recent advancements in the debate on culture as an indicator of well‐being and development. This will follow with a discussion on rethinking how to measure the spill‐over effects of cultural and creative industries and how to evaluate cultural approaches. Invited to attend this one-day seminar are researchers, academics, economists, cultural operators, artists, students, policy makers and the general public interested in this topic.

New Resources

New Guide: Australia Council for the Arts  
The Community Relevance Guide

an online resource for arts organisations looking to explore and develop community connections. In this time of global change, when communities are changing rapidly, arts organisations need to stay relevant to survive and thrive. 

New Book: Arts Governance: People, Passion, Performance
November 2014
Since the crisis in governance which led to a shortage of capable board members, recent years have seen the emergence of the enterprising arts organisation – a development which has led to the need for new types of board members who have a greater understanding of 'mission, money and merit' within a cultural construct. This innovative book explores the world of the arts board member from the unique perspective of the cultural and creative industries. 

New Data: IFACCA publishes Cultural Policy Quick Facts
Cultural Policy Quick Facts is a short international overview of the existence of cultural policies, plans and guidelines; the nature of cultural authorities and governance; and the key elements of cultural policies.

New Case Studies: Our Say Case Studies
Talking Bells / Surf Coast Shire /
What's the big idea? / Hepburn Shire Council /

New resource: Australian Major Performing Arts Group
The Australian Major Performing Arts Group, or AMPAG, is the umbrella group for Australia's major performing arts companies who inspire millions through theatre, circus, contemporary dance, classical ballet, classical music, opera, musicals and comedy. 
We believe that culture is both a driver and enabler of sustainable development and that the explicit inclusion of targets and indicators for culture in the Sustainable Development Goals will enable transformative change.

New online network: Come to The Edge is a new online arts network for Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula which allows artists and creative organisations of all genres to showcase their work, post events and connect with each other and audiences. 
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Deakin University
Arts Participation Incubator Grant Grants for Artists, Apply Now.

If you’ve got an experimental itch to scratch, we want you! An artistic adventure to take us on – we want you! A curious creation to hatch – we want you! If you are an artist, a technologist, a maker, a doer and you have a wild and wacky project idea, then we’ve got $1000 with your name on it.

Yarra Ranges Council Arts Grants
Grants open 2 June, Close 14 July
Do you have an idea for a festival, event, community project, arts or heritage project?
Arts & Heritage Development Grants; Community Development Grants; Festivals and Events Grants. Grants are submitted online at
Regional Arts Victoria
Apply for a travel grant to attend the Arts & Edges Summit!

Apply for a travel grant to attend the Regional Arts Australia Arts & Edges Summit in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and save up to $1440! Applications close at noon on Tuesday, 10 June.
Australia Council Arts Funding Guide
The Grants section of the website provides you with information about 2014 funding programs and the funding application process. It also includes information about what happens after you have applied and what happens if you are successful.
Not-for-profit community organisations can apply for funding for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities of less than 10,000, living in small rural and remote locations in Australia, contributing to their development in social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural areas.

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Arts Events: Exhibitions, Performing Arts, Media and Programs

Children aged 4 – 12 years are invited to let their imagination play with a program of engaging performances, inventive workshops and art adventures. 
1-4 July. 10am – 3pm every day
Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran

Wild@art Community Arts, Strumarama 
Wed 25 June from 5.30pm
Prince Of Wales Hotel Public Bar, 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
Free entry, gold coin donation requested

Multicultural Arts Victoria, Burundian Independence Day
Event Details – Free Event
Saturday 5th July, 12.00pm – 5.00pm
 South Melbourne Town Hall, 208-220 Bank St, South Melbourne 
This event will be a spectacular celebration of the Burundian Independence Day as Melbourne’s Burundian community put their talents and culture on show. 
Tuesday 22 July 2014 , 7.30pm
South Melbourne Town Hall, Bank Street, South Melbourne
The Songs They Sang centres on Shmerke Kaczerginski and Avrom Sutzkever and the songs composed by them and others encamped in the Vilna Ghetto, Lithuania during the Holocaust.  This concert includes ten Vilna songs arranged by Australian composer Joseph Giovinazzo and original compositions for voice, piano, cello and violin.  The current arrangements have preserved their original Yiddish language. 
2014 Human Rights Arts Film Festival
The 2014 HRAFF program is out! With incredible collection of films, artwork and forums.

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A reminder that Regional Arts Australia has launched a search for great arts stories from regional Australia to be included in a new publication, and we encourage you to get involved!  Regional Arts Australia will launch this new book at its biennial national Summit, Arts & Edges, to be held in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in West Australia, from 15-19 October 2014. 
Hobsons Bay City Council
Woods Street Arts Space, Urban Arts Collective

Workshops for 14-20 years old and living in the west of Melbourne. Want to learn to design and screen print? Ever dreamed about starting your own streetwear label? 
ENCATC 11th Cultural Policy Research Award
The 11th Cultural Policy Research Award is bestowed upon the best recent PhD Thesis on comparative cultural policies or management topics presented by a young researcher.
This prestigious recognition aims to stimulate academic research in the field of cultural policy and management to explore, through comparative and cross-cultural research, issues at stake in contemporary Europe, Asia and the Americas, and possibly anticipate new cultural policy orientations, as well as to contribute to the process of creating an "infrastructure", a network of scholars who are competent in doing comparative research projects in cultural policy and management issues.
2014 CHASS Australia Prizes
The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) is inviting nominations for four categories of the 2014 CHASS Australia Prizes. The CHASS Australia Prizes will be presented at the 2014 CHASS Australia Prizes Dinner at Queen's Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne on Wednesday, 8 October 2014. Nominations close on 30 June 2014.
The Cultural Program is a series of curated events that will take place across Sydney and its surrounding suburbs in October 2014, during the Arts Activated Conference week.
Accessible Arts is calling for submissions from individual artists, arts venues and arts organisations for events that promote inclusive arts and disability practice.
Submit your event online through Smarty Grants by AEST 4pm Monday 30 June 2014.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Call for artists to develop public artwork in Romsey

Closing date 7 July, 2014
Macedon Ranges Shire Council is inviting expressions of interests from artists to develop a new piece of public artwork for installation in the Lions Club Park in Romsey. $25,000 has been allocated from Council Arts Funding Scheme towards the project. Interested artists should complete our online expression of interest form or request a copy from Robyn Till on 5422 0319 or The successful artist or artists will visit and meet with users of the Lions Club Park to assist with the creative design process. The project is expected to be completed by February 2015.
2014 Arts Activated Conference Proposals
Accessible Arts is calling for proposals for papers, performances or workshops that address the 2014 Arts Activated conference theme, Creative Connections. Arts Activated brings together leading thinkers, artists, advocates, practitioners and producers, with and without disability, from across Australia and overseas. Working together to strengthen Australia’s arts and disability sector.
Applications close 30 June 2014.
This unique course has been developed by the Centre for Local Government at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS:CLG) to provide graduates with the necessary managerial skills and knowledge relevant to the local government sector and its changing needs and priorities. The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) has supported the program's development under its Learning in Local Government initiative.

Bite the Big Apple! New York Arts & Cultural Management Tour, 6 – 10 October, 2014
Contact Kape Communications for details and application form –, or (03) 9486 6598

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