The Cultural Development Network cooperates with a range of partners in all its activities, bringing benefits for both parties. Current partnerships include:

Creative VictoriaVictorian Government through Creative Victoria 
Creative Victoria is the state government body responsible for the arts, supporting a diverse mix of arts and cultural activity across the state. CDN and Victorian Government through Creative Victoria currently work together to support Castanet network. CDN took a major role in Creative Victoria’s arts and disability research project, in 2010, and Creative Victoria contributes to support for CDN’s annual operations in Victoria and has previously supported many of CDN’s initiatives including conferences Expanding Cultures and Generations.

Australia CouncilAustralia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, supporting Australia’s arts through funding, strengthening and developing the arts sector. CDN and the Australia Council collaborate on a range of projects, including the National Local Government Cultural Forum, through funding for the Arts Central project and previous initiatives including Generations.

Australia Local Government Association
The Australian Local Government Association is a federation of state and territory local government associations, representing 560 councils across the country. ALGA offers leadership on policy for cultural development in local government across Australia. ALGA collaborates with CDN to co-ordinate the National Local Government Cultural Forum. In 2011, the two organisations co-presented the international conference Culture: A New Way of Thinking for Local Government, Melbourne.

Castanet is a network of Victorian arts organisations, artists and government agencies that work in partnership with Arts Victoria. Castanet supports community arts and cultural development in Victoria by offering professional development programs as well as planning, brokering and information services to anyone who is interested in developing community arts projects and activities. CDN established the original working group and takes turns in managing the Secretariat.

Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Victorian College of the Arts and Music
CDN’s shares interests with VCAM’s Centre for Cultural Partnerships on research about arts participation. Joint endeavours include the Culture and Community Researchers’ Network 2009-2012 and the Making Culture Count conference in May 2012. The conference organisers are working together on publications coming out of the conference: a book and a special edition of the Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management to be published in 2014.

City of MelbourneCDN is grateful for the support of the City of Melbourne in the provision of office space and administrative support in the first decade of the organisation’s life between 2002 and 2012.  During that time, CDN and the City’s Arts and Participation Program produced the ArtsTalk series, a program of free public forums around topics of interest to cultural development workers. The organisations currently collaborate in hosting LG Pro Special Interest Group for local government cultural development professionals. City of Melbourne is also represented on the National Local Government Cultural Forum and the Municipal Association of Victoria’s Arts and Culture Committee, a joint project of CDN with MAV.

Culture 21Commission on Culture, United Cities and Local Governments
(international peak body for local government)
CDN shares the Commission for Culture’s goal of the recognition of culture as a fundamental aspect of public policy, along with other policy areas relating to society, economy and environment. The organisations collaborate to promote cultural development in local government in Australia, and the Asia-Pacific. Specific activities include the 2011 Conference led by CDN organized with UCLG-Asia Pacific region, Culture: A New Way of Thinking for Local Government, Melbourne

Centre for Global Research, RMIT University
The Centre for Global Research at RMIT University Melbourne, currently houses CDN, where the two organisations collaborate on research about local cultural development. The current major collaboration is the Art Central project, a shire-wide arts mentorship program that brings together professional artists from the region into a residency with the local arts community. CDN is the initiator of the project and contributes to its ongoing management, while CGR provides research and evaluation expertise. Previous to this, CDN had partnered with the Global Cities Research Institute at RMIT University on joint projects including Generations, an arts and civic engagement project, where CDN undertook project management and GCRI led research and evaluation, which were reported in this document. Both organisations contributed to the project’s culmination, the national Generations Conference.

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)
Municipal Assoc of Victoria
CDN and MAV regularly exchange information and expertise on issues to do with local government cultural development in Victoria. CDN provides the Secretariat for MAV’s Arts and Culture Committee, a group of elected representatives and council staff that meets quarterly to advise MAV’s Board on issues to do with Arts and Culture in Victoria councils. MAV represents Victorian local government on the National Local Government Cultural Forum.

National Local Government Cultural Forum
The National Local Government Cultural Forum is a twice yearly meeting for local government and other stakeholders to articulate a national perspective on developing stronger cultural development practice in local government across Australia. The Cultural Forum brings together representatives from local government: the seven state and territory local government associations represented by staff of the policy units; the eight Australian capital cities who offer practical application and leadership, plus the national peak body for local government, Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). The other members are major national stakeholders of the Australia Council for the Arts – Community Partnerships and the Commonwealth Ministry for the Arts. Cultural Development Network initiated the Forum, acts as Secretariat and undertakes the work of the Forum.

Vic HealthVicHealth
CDN has partnered with the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation on a number of initiatives over several years. Currently the two organisations collaborate on the Castanet community arts initiative. Previous joint projects have included the LEAP and Community Consent and the Arts projects.