CDN News - November 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 past month saw the release of The Arts Ripple Effect and the recent launch of the Arts Information Exchange with Castanet (see CDN Activities for details), and the cultural data initiatives from the National Local Government Cultural Forum.
CDN partnered with the Municipal Association of Victoria for the 2014 Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues (VLGMIN) Network Forum which was held on October 30 in Ballarat. The Forum report will be available in the next e-bulletin. 
CDN Research Program Manager, Dr. Kim Dunphy presented: Holistic model of outcome evaluation for arts engagement, at the European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education seminar on October 22.

4th Meeting of the National Local Government Cultural Forum
The fourth National Local Government Cultural Forum was held in Darwin, 8 October 2014.  The bi-annual meeting brings together cultural policy and planning representatives from Australia’s local government associations, capital cities, Commonwealth Ministry for the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts.  The objective is to increase the capacity of local government to strengthen the arts and cultural development in their communities.  More information, including the Terms of Reference and previous communiqués, is available on the website of the Cultural Development Network.  Communiqué number 4 will be available from ALGA and CDN websites soon.
Meeting of Cultural Ministers
The Communique for the Meeting of Cultural Ministers held in Alice Springs on 10 October 2014 is now available.  This is an initiative of the state and territory governments. Topics included: the release of the Australian Best Practice Guide to Collecting Cultural Material, agreement on an updated policy framework for the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy that supports a sustainable and dynamic contemporary visual arts sector and endorsement of work to secure the continued collection of core cultural data, which will support national cultural statistical collections from 2015‑16.
See Communique here.

Regards from the CDN team: John Smithies, Kim Dunphy, Lyndall Metzke, Leda Yazgin and Emma Asscher.
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Cultural Development Network's activities

The Arts Ripple Effect: Valuing the Arts in Communities
The narrative and case studies in The Arts Ripple Effect: Valuing the Arts in Communities present a credible case for supporting the arts in our communities – it is an evidence based advocacy tool to articulate the social and economic value of arts participation and investment. The Arts Ripple Effect: Valuing the Arts in Communities has been produced by Castanet with the support of Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts. Recent cultural planning research by CDN has played a key role in the development of this publication.

  Arts Information Exchange

If you have a question on anything in the arts or you think you can provide good advice about the arts, then the Castanet Arts Information Exchange is now here for you!  Seek answers to your questions, anonymously, or step forward and join as an Advisor to provide that extra service to your local community or tackle the questions from far and wide.
This service has a full FAQ section and is open now at:

New resources on CDN's website about cultural development planning in local government
Several products presented at the recent forum series are now available from the cultural development planning page on CDN's website.  
A report on cultural data provides an overview of datasets that may be relevant and useful to cultural development planners in local government across Australia. A focus has been given to datasets available at local government level, as well as those that may be useful even if they are only available at state and national levels.
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Cultural impact assessment: a literature review of current practice around the world 
Last month, CDN’s Research Program Manager Kim Dunphy made a presentation on a research on cultural impact assessment undertaken at CDN over the last year. Former CDN researcher Adriana Partal, now employed at RMIT Europe in Barcelona, was a collaborator in the process, undertaking much of the initial research during her time at CDN in 2013. The two sought to find out whether cultural impact assessment is occurring, particularly in local government contexts around the world, and if so, how it is occurring. They shared their research at the recent International Conference on Cultural Policy Research in Hildesheim, Germany, where they enjoyed meeting and,exchanging ideas with more than 450 cultural researchers from all over the world.
Read the report which is a summary of their findings, with their presentation available from
European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education Advanced Seminar:
Rethinking cultural evaluation: going beyond the GDP
22 October 2014, Paris, France
CDN's Research Program Manager Kim Dunphy made a presentation on: Holistic model of outcome evaluation for arts engagement
This seminar brought together renowned academics, researchers, and practitioners from UNESCO, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, the Forum d'Avignon, and European universities among others. Discussion focused on recent advancements in the debate on culture as an indicator of well‐being and development, rethinking how to measure spill‐over effects of cultural and creative industries and how to evaluate cultural approaches. Download the PROGRAMME here
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United Cities and Local Government Committee for Culture update
The 11th meeting of the Committee on Culture of UCLG took place in Buenos Aires (Argentina), from 29 September to 2 October 2014. An announcement and a report of this meeting will be soon available. The programme is still available. A public seminar was organized before the meeting of the Committee (30 September 2014), as an opportunity to connect the cities that work with the Agenda 21 for culture with key actors and organizations of Buenos Aires. The programme of this seminar is available in English and in Spanish. Information
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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.
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Australia Council for the Arts: National Sector Development Initiative

In 2012, after extensive consultation with the community arts and cultural development (CACD) sector regarding better targeting of Australia Council resources to develop the capacity and sustainability of the sector, Community Partnerships announced support for a suite of new multi-year projects through its National Sector Development Initiative. The National Local Government Cultural Forum is one of the three projects of which CDN is the secretariat. The two other projects are:

The Digital Platform - to build an exceptional and unique national digital platform to showcase practice and support communications and collaboration in the CACD sector over the next decade. The new platform will be the centre piece of a national digital strategy - a blueprint designed to strengthen the online capacity of our sector - locally, nationally and internationally. Visit The Platform consultation site for information and updates
Creating Australia - the establishment of a cross-sector organisation for the Australian CACD sector that provides communication, collaboration and advocacy. Visit the Creating Australia consultation site for information and updates
Creating Australia is hosting a campaign called the CACD500 to raise the profile of Community Arts and Cultural Development in Australia. Getting involved is easy! Just link and register all of the Community Arts and Cultural Development Projects you are working on.  It will only take a few minutes and your contribution will help them achieve our goal of getting 500+ projects listed online.  It will help send a powerful message about just how big and important Community Arts and Cultural Development is and help advocate for more funding, resources and exposure for CACD!

Professional Development Activities

6th Annual International Arts and Health Conference in Melbourne
11-13 November 2014
Arts and Health Australia is excited to be collaborating with the National Gallery of Victoria and VicHealth, as major conference partners, to present the 6th annual international arts and health conference in Melbourne.

Museum Victoria Seminar: Rough Guide to Social Media
Thursday 13 November, 1 - 4pm. Discovery Centre, Melbourne Museum
Learn about how museums are using social media to bring their collections to the world and the world to their collections. Hear advice from museum social media champions on how to navigate this complex and rewarding digital landscape.
Speakers include Jareen Summerhill, Digital Marketing Manager, Museum Victoria.
Cost: Members $55, Non Members $110
2014 Global Leadership Conference: Leadership in a Connected World: Challenges, Cases and Ways Forward
Friday 14 November. 8.00am - 6.30pm
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, 27 Little Collins St,
Register by 7 November 2014
Jointly hosted by Swinburne University of Technology, Australia and Northeastern University, USA.
The conference will draw together leadership researchers and experienced leaders from Australia and the USA to explore the latest in leadership practice, development and education.
23-25 Nov 2014
ACMI & RMIT Swanston Academic Building, 427 – 433 Swanston Street, Melbourne.
Sightlines is a two-day event that will focus on the developing field of filmmaking as a form of academic research. Universities worldwide contain academics and students who engage in filmmaking practice.

Deakin University’s Arts Participation Incubator (API)
Curating Participation
Thursday 27 November, Deakin Edge, Federation Square
So, your goal is audience/community engagement, but what does success look like?  What is genuine engagement? What are the most effective processes and approaches to deliver participatory projects?
Deakin University’s API is hosting a massive conversation about participative projects in the context of contemporary curatorial practices for festivals, galleries, museums, and public spaces.
This is a great opportunity for:
Artists - find out what curators and commissioners are looking for.
Curators & Programmers- learn more about who is doing what.
Local Government – discover more about engaging communities in creative practices.
Creative Partnerships Australia Sector Development Programs
Creative Partnerships’ suite of industry development programs and initiatives - known as the ‘Smart About the Arts’ series - links Australian and international arts philanthropy and fundraising experts with the arts sector for interactive learning and skills development.
RMIT University
Migration and Mobility Research Symposium – Australia and its ‘Others’: Fear and Politics in a Multicultural Nation
Friday, 14 – Saturday, 15 November 2014
This symposium will run over two half-days sessions - Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
RMIT City Campus, The Kaleide Theatre, 360 Swanston St, Melbourne

Arts Access Victoria: Digital Democracy and the Arts
Thursday 4 December, 10am-1.30pm
The Other Film Festival, The Brain Centre, 30 Royal Parade Parkville
Join artists and practitioners to explore how they use digital spaces to make exciting new work, find and engage collaborators, explore aesthetic access and build new audiences for their work.

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.
Reshaping Management for Impact
Monday, 3 – Thursday, 5 December 2014, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney
Organised by The Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)

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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ENCATC - the leading European network on cultural management and cultural policy education and with support from the ASEF Creative Networks initiative of the Asia-Europe Foundation
International Conference “New Voices, Current Perspectives: Arts Management, Policy and Development in Asia”
Singapore, 13-15 November 2014
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Presented by the International Independent Arts Council in collaboration with the Arts Council of Greece
Topics for discussion and presentations:
European Cultural Economy Research and Survey Results
UNESCO, Florence Declaration 2014
Regional Growth and New Cultural Management Models
Convergence: An International Summit on Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology
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.

Call for Proposals
 4th Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts: Creativity And New Venture Creation In The Arts.
Arizona State University in collaboration with the UW-Madison Bolz Center for Arts Administration
May 8-9, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona, USA
Participants in the 4th Biennial Pave Symposium will explore the processes, outcomes, and impacts of new venture creation in the arts through hands-on workshops, speakers, pitch sessions, and research presentations.

International Transdisciplinary Conference
Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures: theories, policies, practices
6-8 May, 2015, Helsinki, Finland
This landmark conference that takes place in Helsinki, 6-8 May 2015 explores the roles and meanings of culture in sustainable development. The new ideas generated in the conference will inform and advance understandings of sustainability with cultural studies and practices, and vice versa.
Call for proposals is now open. The deadline for research paper session proposals is 1st October 2014 and for papers and other forms of presentation 5 th December 2014. Please see for further information
Contributions to the book will be presented as part of the 1st International Research Conference on Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship Training and Education, held from June 10 - 12, 2015 at the University of Minnesota, Duluth USA.

New Resources

CDN Pick of the Month

New Resource: Arts Information Exchange
Arts Information Exchange is a centralised resource for queries about many aspects of the arts. The online question and answer exchange enables any questions related to the arts to be posted to a collection of skilled and experienced advisors drawn from across arts agencies, organisations and communities.  All questions and answers are stored online and available to all users – queries may be from a number of arts topics may include access, collaboration, events, funding, policy, research, skills and venues.Arts Information Exchange has been developed by Castanet. Castanet is a network of Victorian arts organisations including CDN, artists and government agencies that works to support and increase arts participation in the community. It offers professional development programs as well as access, advocacy and information services to individuals and organisations interested in developing community arts projects.
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New Resources: The National Endowment for the Arts, USA
The National Endowment for the Arts is launching new resources to assist practitioners who are working on arts-based community development projects. These resources will assist those practitioners to develop projects that are authentic, equitable, and that augment existing local assets.
Those resources are:
Exploring Our Town, an online resource featuring case studies of more than 60 previous Our Town projects complete with an insights section of lessons learned
2015 Our Town guidelines with a new project type designed to build and share creative placemaking knowledge more broadly
Beyond the Building: Performing Art Organizations and Transforming Place a national convening to be held on November 3, 2014

New Article: Christina Davies, 2014, “The Art of Being Healthy”, British Medical Journal open access, April.
The paper has been presented here and overseas and has received widespread coverage (8 newspaper articles, 5 e-articles, 2 magazine articles and 76,480 tweets). Internationally, this has placed the paper in the top 2% of articles by attention (based on 2.4 million articles across all journals, Altmetric). The paper provides evidence of how arts engagement influences mental health, social inclusion, physical health, knowledge, identity, art specific and economic outcomes in the general population.

New Resource: The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law)
is Australia’s only independent national community legal centre for the arts, which provides free or low cost specialised legal advice, education and resources to Australian artists and arts organisations across all art forms, on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters. Signup for the free monthly newsletter art + LAW or telephone 1800 221 457.

New Book: Community Art: Creative Approaches to Practice, Jill Chonody (ed.)
Community Art: Creative Approaches to Practice is a collection of essays that cover a wide range of artistic endeavors including photography, street/mural art, singing, drawing, storytelling, sculpting, dance, drumming, horticulture, repurposed objects, theater, and film.
Australian Best Practice Guide to Collecting Cultural Material
New Guide: The Australian Best Practice Guide to Collecting Cultural Material
This outlines principles and standards to assist Australia’s public collecting institutions when acquiring cultural material by purchase, gift, bequest or exchange.
Jointly awarded by the University of Auckland and the University of Melbourne.
Emma explored the design, delivery and evaluation of arts and cultural programmes by city councils in Australia and New Zealand. Her research highlights the opportunities and difficulties in using wellbeing measures to evaluate cultural policy.
The Summary of Findings and full thesis can be found on her Academia page:
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VicHealth Innovation Challenge: Arts - Time to get Victorians moving using technology and the arts.
Pitches must be submitted to VicHealth by 12 December.
A new funding scheme for innovative ideas that have the potential to improve Victorians’ physical 
and mental wellbeing through the arts and digital technologies has been unveiled. VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter announced funding of $100,000 for ideas that will bring Victorians together to be involved in active and participatory arts. VicHealth is inviting arts organisations, entrepreneurs and others from the creative industries to submit pitches that will use technology to bring health benefits to Victorians through active and participatory arts. 

Creative Partnerships
Plus1 Matched Funding is now open to applicants Australia-wide. Applications close Friday 5 December at 5pm.
Creative Partnerships is pleased to announce that our 2014/15 Plus1 matched funding program is now open for applications. Plus1 will allocate $1.75 million in matched funding for development and fundraising campaigns that assist arts organisations to attract new donors and strengthen donor networks.
Museums Australia, Victoria
Applications Now Open: Roving Curator – Exhibitions Program 2015
The Roving Curator – Exhibitions Program provides small museums and galleries with exhibition development assistance, including several days on-site assistance, as well as follow-up support. See guidelines for the types of projects and support available. Applications are now open and close 25 November 2014.

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Arts Events: Exhibitions, Performing Arts, Media and Programs

Mornington Peninsula Shire and Regional Arts Victoria
Artalk 3 & Network Session

Monday 17th November, 2014 4.30pm – 7.30pm, Supper will be provided. Flinders Civic Hall 54-56 Cook St Flinders
Are you an artist or arts group living on the Mornington Peninsula? Are you a teacher or working in a library and looking for arts workshops and experiences in 2015? As part of Regional Arts Victoria's annual Home is Where the Hall Is project, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has invited staff from Regional Arts Victoria to conduct an information session in November about a number of opportunities and avenues for support. RSVP by Friday 14 November to Andrea Ebsworth on or phone: (03) 5950 1716.
November Exhibition at Heritage Hill by the Victorian Multi Ethnic Slavic Welfare Association Inc.,
“Art from the Heart.”
14 Nov-14 Dec, opening on Saturday 15 November 5pm-7pm, RSVP essential to
Heritage Hill 66 McCrae Street Dandenong, 3175. Phone 9793 4511. Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 12pm-4pm

Port Melbourne Historical Society, Celebrating the Landing
11 - 23 November 2104. The Gallery Foyer
Marking this 175th anniversary, the Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society presents Celebrating the Landing – a look at earlier commemorations of the Liardet family’s arrival: 1939, 1999 and 2009.
Western Edge Youth Arts
Friday 14 Nov 8pm
Blue Stone Church Arts Space, 10a Hyde Street, Footscray
Tickets: $10 full $5 Conc at the door. Warning: MA 15 + contains strong themes and sexual references.
Supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Gandel Philanthropy, Besen Family Foundation and Maribyrnong City Council.

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Arts Participation Incubator: Grand grants
If you are an artist, a technologist, a maker, a doer and you have a wild and wacky project idea, then there is $1000 with your name on it. Applications are open now for the end of year round. Applications close 21 November.
 Project must meet the following criteria: Interactive, Brand Spanking, Cash Money, Sharable, Ready now! Melbourne-based
Applications open 22 October and close 21 November
The Artist in Residence program offers emerging and established artists free studio space in exchange for contributions to the community through creative engagement.
Hobsons Bay City Council - Art in Public Places 2015 
Wednesday 1 April to Thursday 30 April 2015.
Registrations for artists, businesses, temporary art installations and events will be accepted from Saturday 1 November to Sunday 30 November 2014.

Hepburn Shire Council, Expressions of Interest are open for a $30,000 Public Artwork Commission
Expressions of interest close 1 December 2014.
Expressions of Interest from artists to undertake development and construction of a permanent artwork in Daylesford, Hepburn or Hepburn Springs.  The selected artwork will be an innovative and contemporary concept. The work will inspire locals and visitors by reimagining the physical and cultural aspects of a site chosen by the artist. This will be an ambitious and achievable work that will inspire and delight audiences, resonating for some time after they have seen it.

Australian Government, Ministry for the Arts: Regional and Touring Arts
Regional Artist Development Fellowships
Regional Arts Fund
The Australia Council’s National Regional Programs
Nominations open for the Victorian Young Achiever Awards
The Victorian Young Achiever Awards aims to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of young Victorians up to 28 years of age. The Awards recognise the achievements of Victoria's youth in nine categories, with one of the nine category winners being named the Victorian Young Achiever of the Year.

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