CDN News - July 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, 

The CDN team are currently presenting the third series of our Cultural Planning Forums in four regional locations: Camperdown (Corangamite Shire Council); Kerang (Gannawarra Shire Council); Seymour (Mitchell Shire Council); Traralgon (Latrobe City Council) and central Melbourne (Melbourne City Council).  This final forum focuses on integration of the principles introduced throughout the series into a planning document. Decisions about what to include as activities in the plan are being debated, and strategies for evaluating the effectiveness of the plan and related activity.  Forum participants are also being asked to nominate their top priorities for data collection, about their own work and that of other councils.

Our team have enjoyed 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. 

Invitation to Final Forum Briefing Session
The final forum in Melbourne on Wednesday July 30 will be followed by a briefing session for other stakeholders in the cultural planning process: 
elected representatives, CEOs, senior managers, local leaders and local artists.  Other cultural development professionals who would like to know about about the proposed cultural planning framework are welcome to attend.   

We welcome readers to join forum participants to celebrate the end of the series, 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, Library at the Dock, 
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Melbourne.

Cr. Rohan Leppert, Chair, Arts and Culture Portfolio, City of Melbourne
Cr. Angela Altair, City of Hobsons Bay; Deputy Chair, Arts and Culture Committee, Municipal Association of Victoria
Andrew Abbott, Director, Arts Victoria
John Smithies, Director, Cultural Development Network
Enquiries and RSVP: Lyndall Metzke,

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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National Local Government Cultural Forum recognised as good practice by UCLG's Committee for Culture
This month, CDN's initiative of the National Local Government Cultural Forum was recognised as good practice by the Committee for Culture of United Cities and Local Government, the international peak body for local government. The recognition is documented in an article outlining the work of the forum to promote and strengthen cultural development as a dimension of local government's policy and activity.  Spanish cultural researcher Adriana Partal who worked at CDN as an intern in 2013 discussed the Forum's progress so far and its future goals in the broader context of Australian cultural development.  The recognition follows Shire of Yarra Ranges success last month in being recognised for good practice in cultural planning with an ‘International Award UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21′.   CDN is pleased to see Australian local government being recognised for the increasingly strong work in the area of cultural development.
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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
Barcelona, 16 July 2014 
The UCLG Committee of Culture is pleased to inform that the Declaration on the inclusion of culture in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) post-2015 has received endorsement from 120 countries, with 1,700 signatories, including more than 600 organizations. The Committee has partnered with other key international networks: IFACCA - International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies, the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity, Culture Action Europe, Arterial Network, the ICOMOS - International Council on Monuments and Sites and the International Music Council. The Zero draft of SDGs will be presented to the United Nations on 14-18 July 2014 and then be submitted for debate at the General Assembly this autumn. 
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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
New Chief Executive Officer
Maz McGann began her role as Creating Australia's first full time CEO on Monday 2nd June. Maz is determined to assist in raising the profile of the CACD sector and communicating its value to the broader community including throughout the different arts sectors. If you work in, research or are interested in CACD Maz would love to hear from you. Please write to her at or give her a call on 02 9081 9714,

Professional Development Activities

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.
Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria
Past and Present: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Workshops
Delivered annually the Past and Present Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management three-day workshop is tailored for individuals involved in community-based cultural heritage management.
The workshop builds on existing knowledge and provides essential training for current field-based officers, other staff in community organisations and those with a role in evaluating heritage values.
Intensive Training Sessions at Dancehouse
Workshops will take place on Sundays from August 3 – September 21 2014 including a final intensive weekend from September 19 – 21. Participation is free.
These workshops are intended to be a professional development opportunity for performing artists who have a disability and who would like to deepen their skills and understanding of their own performative processes. The tutors have been chosen for their expertise and experience in contemporary performance methods.
Throughout 2014, Weave Movement Theatre will be delivering a series of inclusive dance workshops, as part of the Professional Development Partnership Project with Arts Access Australia. As well as a number of local sessions held in Melbourne throughout the year, this series will also include a weekend intensive workshop, led by Caroline Bowditch, a dynamic inclusive dance artist from the UK.
Friday, October 31, Melbourne CBD
Early bird price: $225.00 (Save $50 off the full price) before 31 July
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
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

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OECD Better Life Index
There is more to life than the numbers of GDP and economic statistics. This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life. More than 60,000 users of the Better Life Index around the world have shared their views on what makes for a better life. Information

AMPAG is the members organisation for Australia’s major performing arts companies—everything from The Australian Ballet to Circus Oz, Bell Shakespeare to Bangarra, Opera Australia to Sydney Dance Company, and all the major state theatre companies, opera companies and symphony orchestras. AMPAG also sends out two enewsletters a month: one features the opening nights around the country, and the other includes our latest news and feature article. If you would like to receive them, you can subscribe:

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 Film: 'Your Community, Your Country, Your Council'
“Your Community, Your Country, Your Council – Aboriginal women run for election” . The film is proudly supported by the Victorian Government Office of Aboriginal Affairs, Reconciliation Victoria, Cities of Banyule, Boroondara, Greater Shepparton, Port Philip, Whittlesea and Whitehorse; City of  Latrobe and the Braiakaulung Advisory Committee; Shires of Glenelg, South Gippsland, Wellington and Yarra Ranges.  To order, please email  -  or call the VLGA office on 0349 7999.
The current theme is Creativity Around the World, featuring articles about creativity in Estonia, UK, Greece, China, Peru, Netherlands, Japan, Romania, Latvia, Nepal, Thailand, India, Australia, Africa and Timor-Leste, amongst others.
New Framework: National Arts and Health Framework released
The framework, endorsed by the Standing Council on Health and the Meeting of Cultural Ministers, has been developed to enhance the profile of arts and health in Australia and to promote greater integration of arts and health practice and approaches into health promotion, services, settings and facilities.

New articles: by Victorian researchers from Deakin University, (Glow, Johansen and Kershaw)
‘New modes of arts participation and the limits of cultural indicators for local government’, Poetics (2014);  ‘More Yuppy Stuff Coming Soon’: Gentrification, cultural policy, social inclusion and the arts, Continuum (2014)

New Book: Arts Governance: People, Passion, PerformanceRuth Rentschler
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. 
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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.
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

20th International Aids Conference Cultural Program
Melbourne is proud to host the 20th International AIDS Conference and present the most spectacular and wide reaching cultural program ever staged for the conference. The AIDS 2014 cultural program is brimming with a variety of diverse and unique activities from exhibitions, performance, recitals, public seminars and facilitated conversations, musical theatre, art auctions, candlelight vigils, sport, shopping, fashion parades and so much more. 
Thursday 7 August
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum
Cost: Members $45, Group Discount $35, Non Members $90

H3 Express
An initiative of the Multicultural Health and Support Service (MHSS) – uses the popularity of hip hop, song, spoken word and dance among newly arrived culturally and linguistically diverse young people to make sexual health messages engaging. A series of information sessions led by MHSS workers form the basis of the participant’s self-devised performances, culminating in a production where participants from nations such as Liberia, Sudan, Vietnam and Thailand can showcase their talents.

The Lion's Bride
Courthouse ARTS
Cnr Gheringhap & Little Malop Streets, Geelong
4 - 5 September, 7.30pm
2014 Human Rights Arts Film Festival
The 2014 HRAFF program is out! With incredible collection of films, artwork and forums.

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The Victorian Government's Artists in Schools funding program creates the opportunity for practicing professional artists to work with young people in Victorian primary and secondary schools. Artists may work in any art form. The funding available to schools for projects in 2015 is $10,000 for projects commencing after 13 April 2015. Come along to an Information Session to find out about the new online process when applying for funding, meet teachers and artists interested in getting involved in the program, and see how projects can support learning across the Victorian Curriculum.
Session Dates
Online session 2 - Fri 18 July (4-5pm)
Bendigo - Tue 22 July (5-7pm)
Online session 3 -  Wed 23 July (4-5pm)

Community Arts Project Manager - 3 days per week
Applications due 5pm Friday 1 August 2014.
Wild@heART is seeking a highly competent and experienced Community Arts Project Manager to join our team in delivering a range of exciting, accessible community arts projects. You will be a passionate leader, a strategic thinker and a great networker.  You'll also be a highly skilled project manager with a clear eye on the goal and fastidious attention to detail.  A background in the arts, and an understanding of the transformative power of community arts making is a great asset.  The position works extensively with people with disabilities and people living with mental health issues.
Applications for the 2014 Hugh Rogers Fellowships are open from Thursday 29 May to Friday 8 August.
The City of Melbourne and the Melbourne-Boston Sister Cities Association  (MBSCA) offer up to three fellowships of up to $20,000, to researchers in healthcare and medical research, education or the arts and culture who undertake a research project at an institution in Boston. Each Hugh Rogers Fellowship is intended to fund a self-contained research project and will be awarded to practitioners and researchers in the early stages of their careers. 

Jorge de Araujo Photography Workshops
Course 1: Mondays, 7 – 9:30pm, 8 August – 22 September 2014
Course 2: Mondays, 7 – 9:30pm, 6 October – 10 November 2014
Each six-week Photography Course will enable beginners and intermediate photographers to take photographs worth keeping, working from a professional studio environment as well as in everyday scenarios. 
Regional Arts Victoria
Would you like to share your regional arts story with the rest of Australia? 
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
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.

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Jorge de Araujo Photography
Principal photographer is Jorge de Araujo heading up an amazing team of photographers, graphic designers, website designers and retouchers to offer you a complete corporate image.

We have a combined 50 years experience dealing with all aspects of running an association and can assist with big and small tasks, tailored to your budgets… including administration and finance, conferences, events and membership management, bookkeeping, marketing, public relations, human resources or we can become your virtual office. You name it we have someone for you.. And the best thing is we are customer focused and listen to what you need…

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