2014 Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network Forum

Enhancing Cultural Wellbeing and Cultural Citizenship Through the Arts

Presented by the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network with the Municipal Association of Victoria, the Cultural Development Network and Multicultural Arts Victoria. Hosted by City of Ballarat and supported by City of Melbourne, City of Greater Dandenong, City of Monash, Brimbank City Council.

Held on Thursday 30th October, 10.00am- 4.00pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E)- Stawell St S, Eureka, 3350, Australia

We are a nation of immigrants and indigenous people, a new world with an ancient past.  We live in diverse multicultural communities. We all have a story to tell and the denial of the story can lead to despair. A truly democratic culture is inclusive. It allows a diversity of voices to be heard. It reaches out to those who are excluded.

ArnoldZableJoin acclaimed author Arnold Zable as he opens this year’s VLGMIN Forum by exploring the role of story and the arts in nurturing an inclusive, democratic society; based on local communities attuned to their diversity and the multitude of stories contained within them.

The program, included a series of insightful breakout sessions led by researchers and local government and arts organisation professionals; looking into the how the arts can contribute to the development and delivery of policies which address Australian multicultural realities.

Key themes included;

  • Building partnerships between local government and culturally diverse communities
  • Ensuring equitable outcomes for people from culturally diverse communities
  • Determining community needs and getting effective outcomes
  • Using arts to address racism in our communities.

The Forum report will be available in the next CDN ebulletin.

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The Culture and Community Researchers’ Network

Social Practice in the Arts Seminar Series 2013

The Culture and Community Researchers’ Network has been re-launched by the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, University of Melbourne as practice-in-research seminars focusing on the growing prevalence and resonance of ‘social practice’ across the arts and community art. It aims to be relevant for MFA, PhD and other emerging researchers who have an interest in participatory, relational and socially-engaged practices. The speakers are from across a variety of practices, research experiences and interests on specific themes. New participants and visitors welcome.

The group meets on selected Tuesdays, 3-5pm, Art Auditorium, School of Art, Gate 4, Dodds Street, VCA Southbank.

Information on seminars for Semester 2, 2013: SPA Seminar Series 2013

Enquiries: Dr. James Oliver, joliver@unimelb.edu.au

Information about past events of the network available here.