The 6th National Local Government Cultural Forum, Adelaide, 5th November 2015

In November 2015 CDN held the sixth National Local Government Cultural Forum, hosted by the City of Adelaide. This program works towards stronger cultural development practice in local government across Australia and invites members to do this with a national perspective. Representatives from Australia’s capital cities, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Commonwealth Ministry for the Arts and the Australian Local Government Association met to develop their strategic plan for current and future work of the program. The Cultural Forum commenced in 2013 for a three year term and will continue in 2016-2018 thanks to support from the Australia Council for the Arts. A communique reporting details of the meeting will be available from CDN’s website in the coming weeks.


The International Evaluation Conference, 7 – 9 September 2015, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

CDN contributed to the recent Australasian Evaluation Society Conference in Melbourne, with Dr Kim Dunphy making poster presentation on CDN’s draft schema of outcomes for cultural engagement. This schema intends to be offered as an evaluation framework suitable for organisations, including local government and some arts agencies, that have a community change or development agenda in their work.

To learn more about the schema:  AES Poster Kim Dunphy

New research presentation: Outcomes of urban place-making projects: a holistic assessment

Recently presented at the conference Rethinking the Region and Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century“, this presentation discusses the intersection between cultural and urban development, drawing on concepts of place and place-making. By approaching cultural initiatives as places and a planning process as a place-making process, the research demonstrates how the two fields of cultural and urban development intersect and invites us to consider how proper assessment of cultural initiatives could benefit planning processes. (more…)

Outcomes of Urban Place-making Projects: a holistic assessment

Yuji Weisgard, Intern,  Cultural Development Network and Roskilde University, Denmark presented by Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, CDN Principal Research Fellow, Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT University.

This research explores the intersection between cultural and urban development. Drawing on concepts of place and place-making, by approaching cultural initiatives as places and a planning process as a place-making process, the report demonstrates how the two fields of cultural and urban development intersect. The research from this presentation invites us to consider how proper assessment of cultural initiatives could benefit planning processes. Included are two case studies from Melbourne and Copenhagen, where an assessment framework devised by CDN has been used to evaluate cultural initiatives within several value domains.

This research was presented at the conference ‘Rethinking the Region and Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century” organised as part of the Regional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference in Melbourne, on August 31- September 2, 2015. The conference explored themes from all areas of regional analysis, with a particular focus on the ‘cultural’ dimension of change.

Download Conference Presentation

Professional Development Forum: Cultural Development Planning in Local Government in Victoria

Thursday 7 May 2015, 9.30-4.30 pm,
Municipal Association of Victoria, 60 Collins St, Melbourne.

This forum built on last year’s series on cultural development planning that involved 75 staff and elected representatives from 50 Victorian councils. It offered extended material from last year’s series and a refresher of concepts presented in the 2014 series. (more…)

2014 Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network Forum

Enhancing Cultural Wellbeing and Cultural Citizenship Through the Arts

October 30, 2014 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.

This event was presented by the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network with the Municipal Association of Victoria, the Cultural Development Network and Multicultural Arts Victoria, and hosted by City of Ballarat and supported by City of Melbourne, City of Greater Dandenong, City of Monash and Brimbank City Council. (more…)

How do the arts support community wellbeing?

Kingston Arts presents Dialogues 2: How do the arts support community wellbeing?
Sunday 3rd August, 2-4pm, 2014, Kingston Arts Centre

In the final Dialogues for 2014, key note speakers from the cultural development sector and health industry will discuss how the arts foster community wellbeing.

Presenters include:
Molly Carlile – General Manager, Innovation and Integrated Cancer Services at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.
Tina Christensen – Arts based psychotherapist and creative director of Labyrinth Lane.
Dr Kim Dunphy – Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network.

Webinar: Culture in the Community: Indicators of Arts, Culture and Heritage in Australia

Wednesday 6 June, 1-3.30, capital cities all around Australia

Australian Community Indicators Network
This webinar discussed the importance arts, culture and heritage in the creation of vibrant communities, and available indicators/data sources to measure their impact and influence.

Speakers included Dr Kim Dunphy from the Cultural Development Network, Lisa Conolly from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and Leigh Tabrett, former Director of Arts Queensland.

Culture in the Community flyer

Approaches to Planning and Evaluation for Local Cultural Development

One day workshop for local government and other cultural development professionals
Presented by the Cultural Development Network in collaboration with Country Arts SA
9 am – 4.30 pm, Thursday 5 June 2014
City of Port Adelaide, Enfield Town Hall, 34 Nile Street, Port Adelaide

Presenter: Dr. Kim Dunphy is the Research Program Manager of the Cultural Development Network, Victoria.CDN works to promote the cultural vitality of communities throughout Victoria and Australia, largely through support of cultural development professionals.

This workshop has been specially designed for cultural development professionals to assist with effective planning and evaluation of their activities. Participants will be introduced to the concept of evidence-based approaches to planning, and frameworks that facilitate this, specifically program logic and theory of change. For more information download the flyer.

Planning evaluation workshop flyer 5 June 2014

Public Forum and consultation: Vital Signs, Melbourne, March 2014

Cultural indicators for Australia: local and national approaches
13 March, 2014, RMIT University

What to measure and how to measure it has been an ongoing challenge in the cultural sector. The Vital Signs public forum organized by Arts Victoria and the Cultural Development Network in March 2014 provided an opportunity for stakeholders to share information about the collection and use of cultural data. This formed part of national consultations on the Vital Signs paper on national cultural indicators. (more…)

2014 Cultural Planning Forums Across Victoria Wrap Up

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In July, the CDN team competed the final in our series of 15 forums on cultural development planning for local government. The last event in Melbourne on July 30 was followed by an information session for other stakeholders in the cultural planning process. Elected representatives, CEOs, senior managers, local leaders and local artists from across Victoria attended the event to hear from John Smithies, CDN’s Director, about the framework for cultural development planning that CDN and participants worked on together over the three month series. The engagement of councils in the series was very encouraging, with more than 50 of Victoria’s 79 councils participating over the period.