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.
Join 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.