CDN e-news - No. 9, 2016


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

From the Office

Dear colleagues,
New position of Arts and Culture Policy Advisor at MAV
As earlier announced the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is seeking an enthusiastic person with experience in developing and implementing local government arts and culture policy and practice. The new position of Arts and Culture Policy Adviser works within in the MAV's Social Policy team and is funded under the Victorian Government's 'Creative State' strategy for four years. The role supports the Creative Victoria partnership with local government, which seeks to boost the growth of creative industry organisations and activities.

This senior level position will undertake policy development, advocacy and capacity building with the 79 Victorian councils in the areas of arts, culture and libraries. For
more information please email: Alison Standish

LGNSW and CDN team up to roll out Cultural Development Planning Workshops in NSW
When it comes to cultural planning, three common challenges are often raised by local government cultural development staff: 'we don’t have enough time; we don’t have a thorough grasp on how to undertake quality evaluation; and councils aren't clear on how culture contribute to the Council goals.'

CDN has created a Cultural Development Planning Framework for local government professionals across Australia to address these challenges and throughout October and November will be running a series of workshops in NSW to introduce this resource to cultural development staff. The workshops will offer a comprehensive step by step guide in how to plan using an evidence-based outcome-focused approach. More information

RUPC Seminar Series: Measuring Outcomes with Dr. Kim Dunphy, 1 September 2016
This month The Research Unit in Public Cultures hosted a seminar session with Dr. Kim Dunphy, who has taken up a Mackenzie Fellow in the new Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit at VCA-MCM.  Her presentation
Measuring Outcomes of Cultural Activity Across Public Policy Domains: A Framework for Policy and Practice was followed by an engaging discussion with audience members. Representatives from local government, state government and the United Cities and Local Government were in the room, along with local and interstate academics and practitioners. We thank all who attended and contributed to the lively discussion and look forward to further developing this body of work.

New office location for CDN
This month CDN relocated our office from Lygon street to a new home in the heart of RMIT University and Melbourne. The new office sits within the Centre for Global Research, our University partners. Details of our new address for service are listed below:

Room 1, Level 4,
423/411-423 (RMIT Building 37)
Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

CDN welcomes Lauren Brooker, Monash University.
Throughout September and October Lauren Brooker will undertake an internship at CDN as  part of her Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotions) degree at Monash University. Lauren has  developed a strong health promotion knowledge and is interested in the relationship between culture, the arts and personal well being.We welcome Lauren to the team and look forward to working with her over the coming weeks.
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. 

Research presentation on cultural impact assessment, ENCATC Conference, Malta, 5-7 October
CDN’s research collaborator Adriana Partal from RMIT Europe will also present the team’s collaborative work on cultural impact assessment: 'Proposing a system for cultural impact assessment in contemporary local government’, in the Research Session at the
 2016 ENCATC Annual Conference Cultural Management Education in Risk Societies - Towards a Paradigm and Policy Shift?!, in Valencia, Malta, 5-7 October 2016. 

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.

Special New and Events 

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.

Festival: Commonground Festival, 18-20 Nov, Tallarook/Seymour A festival to celebrate social change, with live performances from Frank Yamma and Emily Warrumara and featured artwork and workshops organised in collaboration with the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation. All funds raised at the festival will go towards subsidising underprivileged groups to use the Commonground Venue in 2017Information

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!

Forum to explain new Child Safe Standards for Creative Industries: Victorian Child Safe Standards Forum, Creative Victoria, 14 September, Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne
Creative Victoria are hosting a forum this month to introduce the new Victorian Child Safe  Standards. Under new Victorian law all organisations that provide services for children are required to meet these standards by 1 January 2017. This forum aims to assist organisations prepare for the new regime and will be presented by the Commission for Children and Young People. Information

Free public lecture: Music Partnerships to Support Community Health and Wellbeing: an update on the latest music therapy initiatives of Victoria, the Australian Music Therapy Association, 15 September, Federation Hall, VCA, Southbank Information 

Call for papers: Public Pedagogies Conference: interconnecting public, learning and research, Public Pedagogies Institute, 28-30 Nov, Victoria University, Nicholson Street Campus, Footscray. Submissions close 16th Sep Information

Conference: Arts Activated conference, Arts Access NSW, 20-21 September, Carriageworks, Sydney  Information

Forum: The 2nd VALID Community Development Forum – Creating Community, The Victorian Inclusive Community Development Network in partnership with VALID20 September, Jasper Hotel, Elizabeth st, Melbourne The Building Inclusive Communities forums are designed to provide an opportunity for people with disabilities, service providers and community development workers to engage in a range of discussions focussing on community development practice and issues of inclusion and community membership. Information

Symposium: Looking Forward, Looking Back, Drama Australia, 30 September–1 October, Adelaide, SA Information

Applications open: Australia Council International Residencies Undertake your art practice within a global context and build knowledge, networks and partnerships that support future international arts activity. Applications close 4 October Information

Webinar Course: Social Media Bootcamp, Connecting up, 5 Oct - 9 Nov. This series of 6 interactive webinars will help you to review your current social media strategy or to develop one if you are just beginning. Information

Conference: Victorian Museums & Galleries Conference 2016, Museums Australia (Victoria), 6-7 October, Cowes Cultural Centre, Phillip Island, Victoria. Under the central theme of Future-proofing, the Conference will consider the challenges facing museums and galleries, and focus on innovative ways to achieve financial, social, and environmental sustainability. Information 

Registrations open: MAWA State Conference 2016 Engaging your Community – New Times, New Strategies Museums Australia, 12–14 October, Perth, WA Information

Applications now open: Specialist Certificate in Cross Cultural Conservation and Heritage, University of Melbourne, Commencing October 2016 For professionals working in and with cultural collections, senior Indigenous knowledge-holders, and local government and museum collections managers. Information

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

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

Conference: Turning Learning Back to Front: Public Pedagogies Conference 2016 , 28-30th November, Victoria University, Nicholson Street Campus, Footscray, VIC
Submissions for papers or workshops are invited and will be accepted until August 26, 2016.

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. 

Registration now open: Cross-Currents : Art + Learning Powering Creative Readiness,
12 September, Winston-Salem, NC, United States, Art-Force + Thomas S Kenan Institute for the Arts + UNCSA , Tackle new creative approaches to civic health. Information

Open call for presentations: Research Camp: ‘Collective Creative Practices in South East Asia, the Asia Pacific Network for Cultural Education and Research (ANCER),18-20 Nov, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore The ANCER network aims to stimulate inquiry and research so as to better understand arts management and cultural policy in the region.  The research camp aims to fill the gap in knowledge and share practices about creative collective practices from the region. Deadline 15 Sep Information
Conference: The 9th Performing the World (PTW) Conference, 23-25 September, New York. An opportunity for practitioners, scholars and activists to share and showcase their work and create something new together. Information

Call for submissions: Winter edition 2017 Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship, Arizona State University. Deadline 1 October Submission 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

Conference: The 7th Annual ENCATC Research Session,  at the 24th ENCATC Annual Conference, 6-7 October, Valencia, Spain  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 engagement. Registration closes 1 October Information Save money, 
register before October 1. Information

Forum: 2nd World Culture Forum 2016, 1-14 October, the BNDCC (Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center), Indonesia The Central theme of the WCF 2016 is “Culture for an Inclusive Sustainable Planet”. World Culture Forum (WCF) 2016 is committed to create a space to discuss, debate, contest established ideas and approaches, as well as recommend new pathways for locating culture as an integral part of sustainable development. Information

Save the date for 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

Summit: Creative Cities Summit 2016, 17-19 October, Surrey, BC. Summit highlights include 'public art'. information

International Summit, 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture 18-21 October, Valletta, Malta Information

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

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,  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. Information

CDN Picks of the Month

New online course: a University of Melbourne online course ‘How Music Can Change your Life’ provides free video, audio and journal resources that explain six basic principles about how music can influence individual and community health and wellbeing. It is suitable for individuals with an interest in the relationship between music and health, education, relationships and community development. Each unit provides information outlining the way music can enrich and interact with various environments and settings, whether that is through scientific evidence, educational facilities, mental health, relationships, community development and cultural sensitivity and belonging. The diverse modules would be a valuable tool for anyone interested in developing a greater understanding of the role music can play within communities and individuals.
Taught by Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran. Online course available from the 29th of August, flexible schedule

New report: IFACCA (International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies) | D’Art 49 research report on International Cultural Networks
This new report looks at the various ways in which international cultural networks operate, including their resources, membership, funding, activities, purpose, challenges and potential solutions, and their vision for the future. It also includes introductory essays from Dr Aleksandra Uzelac and Anna Steinkamp, which provide theoretical context around the conceptual frameworks and governance of cultural networks.

Key findings
  • Cultural networks cite their main purposes as: advocating, promoting arts and culture, collaborating, supporting creative expression, building capacity, being a catalyst for change and informing and educating.
  • The majority of respondent cultural networks are small organisations, with 70 percent employing 10 members of staff or fewer.
  • Overall, the largest source of income for networks is from funders. However, organisations with greater staff resources also receive significant income from membership fees and service provision.
  • Of the wide range of activities that cultural networks undertake, networking, research and capacity building are the three most dominant areas of activity.
  • Although digital communication plays a key role in the work of cultural networks and their plans for future activities, personal contact continues to be of great importance, with 81 percent carrying out face-to-face networking events.
  • Cultural networks have a strong belief in their continued relevance, with more than 75 percent of respondents stating that their work is now more relevant than it has ever been.
  • The main challenges to cultural networks are financial difficulty and economic uncertainty. However, most organisations are positive about their future and many expect to grow in size and membership at both international and regional levels
Read the full report here
New publication: Creative Scotland publishes new Arts Strategy 2016-2017
Creative Scotland has published its new Arts Strategy, which sets out a range of commitments for the organisation's support of the arts, including developing a stronger financial context for artists, raising the profile of the value of artists, and building sector resilience and sustainability. Read more

Ann Markusen. Grantmakers in the Arts Reader, Vol. 27, No. 1. Supporting Individual Artists: Translating Value, Evaluating Outcomes. 2016. USA

New toolkit: Arts, Rights, Justice public toolkit on artistic freedom, Cultural Action Europe This practical tool can help artists, arts associations, networks and cultural organisations working on protecting artists and artistic freedom. Read more

New edition: State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2016 This year’s edition of highlights the impact of land dispossession, forced assimilation and other forms of discrimination on the most fundamental aspects of their identity, including language, art, traditional knowledge and spirituality. Read more

Literature review and gap analysis: The Arts in Early Childhood—Social and Emotional Benefits of Arts Participation: A Literature Review and Gap-Analysis (2000-2015) Melissa Menzer et al, 2015, NEA Office of Research & Analysis, USA

New summer 2016 issue: Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship, Arizona State University. Download the publication here

Online learning platform: Future Learning This website offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life for free. Information

New report: Understanding the Impact of Event Cinema: An Evidence Review Fiona Tuck and Mitra Abrahams, 2015, TBR Consulting, United Kingdom.
This report examines the culture-sector impact of alternative content in digital cinema, including live streaming and direct relays of recorded performing arts events.

New articles: Wave Hill 50th anniversary: Stockmen who walked off station pause to remember By Stephanie Zillman and Kristy O'Brien Read more and 50th Anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk-Off: a reflection of the past, present and future Professor Jon Altman, Ian Viner AO QC, Rosalie Kunoth Monks OAM, Georgina Gartland cA Read more

New report: 1st-Mile Institute's SARC program organised and hosted a series of workshops and public symposium on the issues of: New (+ Old Media): Restoration, Preservation, Archiving & Access as a featured part of the 2016 CURRENTS: New Media Festival. A report, images and resource links from this program is now online here

Position Vacant: CEO, Museum of Brisbane. An exciting opportunity to lead one of Brisbane’s premier cultural institutions. Applications close 16 September Information
For more information email:

Request for information: Do you know of cities that have policies/programs to support the development of physical infrastructure (plug-in spots) for live music or policies to support arts and cultural festivals in parks and the public realm (temporary closure of streets and sidewalks) that are exemplary, or stand out in some way?
Please contact

Call for tenants: The Collingwood Arts Precinct
Small-to medium-sized creative organisations are invited to submit expressions of interest to become founding members of this new creative community. EOI closes 15 September Information

Call Out: Artist Residencies 2017, Bluestone Church Arts Space & Artsbox, Maribyrnong City Council Applications 20 September Information

Grant Website: The Grant Hub- an easy-to-use grants search website Information

Call for artists as research participants: Macquarie University: Artists’ National Survey 2016 Professor Throsby and his research team are carrying out a new survey this year. As before, the data will be collected by telephone interview from a sample of around 1,500 practising professional artists: writers, visual artists, craftspeople, actors, dancers, musicians, composers, and community artists, drawn at random from the membership lists of about 150-200 arts organisations. Participation by any artist is entirely voluntary, and subject to strict conditions of confidentiality, privacy and anonymity. Information
The project will be overseen by the Macquarie University Ethics Committee. After completion of the project, names and details information will be destroyed. If you can participate or have any queries please contact Sally Cushing, or the Research Director Katya Petetskaya, 02 9850 8573 or 

EOI now open: City of Yarra Stolen Generations Marker, Yarra City Council
Seeking Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with links to Victoria to develop a creative outdoor work to commemorate the Stolen Generations and their families.
 Applications close 26 September Information

  Up to 3 year Senior Officer contract: $180,700 - $212,600 p.a
Be the person who plays a major role in delivering Council’s vision for Melbourne as a globally recognised creative city that inspires and enables experimentation, innovation and creativity through the Arts. Applications close 26 September  Information

Creative Professional Development Series: Making money! Including funding, sponsorship and philanthropy Boroondara Arts, 28 September,Hawthorn Arts Centre, VIC FREE ENTRY Bookings Essential. See the full Semester 2 Program here

Applications now open: 2017 Summer Scholarships National Library of Australia Applications close 30 September Information

EOI open: Moomba 2017 11-14 March 2017, The City of Melbourne Calling for performers, community groups, organisations and specific service suppliers to be a part of Melbourne's longest running and iconic event applications closes 31 September Information

EOIs close 4 October: Future Leaders Program Australia Council for the Arts Information

Nominations now open: The 2017 Australia Council Awards
These prestigious national awards recognise outstanding and sustained contributions in music, literature, community arts and cultural development, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, and dance. They are awarded by the Board of the Australia Council, informed by key industry advisors. Information

Call out for institutional partners: NCCP is seeking a new institutional partner to host and help grow the Certificate in Creative Placemaking program.  This is a unique, highly interactive and rigorous 10-month program designed to build expert practitioners and leaders in the growing field of creative placemaking. It is a wholly online program. Letters of interest are due October 10. 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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