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 will discuss the importance arts, culture and heritage in the creation of vibrant communities, and available indicators/data sources to measure their impact and influence.

Speakers will include 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.

CDN thanks forum partner the Municipal Association of Victoria, through the Arts and Culture Committee for their support in development and presentation of the series. Cr. Angela Altair, from the City of Hobsons Bay and Deputy Chair of the Arts and Culture Committee, represented the committee at the final event, speaking informatively and passionately about cultural development activity for councils, including her own.

Most importantly we thank the five councils who hosted the forums: Corangamite Shire Council, Gannawarra Shire Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Latrobe City Council and Melbourne City Council. We also thank the speakers from around Victoria who shared their knowledge and expertise as part of this series. Arts Victoria, the major sponsor of the series through their support to CDN, were represented at the final event by Andrew Abbott, Director. Andrew offered this response after his participation:

These events took place in City of Melbourne’s new state of the art Library at the Dock, with many participants enjoying a tour of the library’s beautiful new facilities afterwards. Director of Community Development Linda Weatherson represented the City at the final event, discussing the priority given by City of Melbourne to cultural development and culture development planning. The City has recently released its new strategic document for 2014-2107.

Several products from the forum series are now available from the cultural development planning page on CDN’s website. This includes a booklet of notes from the forums, a report on cultural data and two bibliographies on cultural planning and evaluation. More details here.

Our team has enjoyed working with colleagues in this series, exchanging ideas and creating a shared framework for cultural planning.


 2014 Cultural Planning Forum in Kerang

 2014 Cultural Planning Forum in Kerang, Victoria

Presentations made by CDN staff and associates

This page lists presentations made by CDN staff and associates at events presented by other organisations.

Workshop: Approaches to planning and evaluation for local cultural development, August 2013

Presented by Murray Arts and the Cultural Development Network


ACELG Local Government Researchers Forum, Adelaide, 5-6 June 2013

Presentation: Cultural planning processes in local government in Victoria

ACELG Local Government Researchers’ Forum, Adelaide, 5-6 June 2013 (link http://www.acelg.org.au/news-detail.php?id=298)

The Cultural Development Network is pleased to contribute to research expertise about cultural development in local government at the coming Researchers’ Forum presented by the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government.  The paper will be presented  by Kim Dunphy, drawing from research undertaken by Linda Tavelli who worked on a research placement with CDN in late 2012.


Public Forum: National Local Government Cultural Forum, Melbourne, March 2014

Report from third meeting: March 19, 2014 in Brisbane, Queensland

The Cultural Forum is a meeting of cultural policy and planning representatives from Australia’s capital cities, local government associations along with Commonwealth Ministry for the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts.

The third meeting considered progress on the priority areas agreed to in previous meetings in relation to its Terms of Reference that begins with the objective to increase the capacity of local government to strengthen the arts and cultural development in their communities.

More information, including the Terms of Reference on the National Local Government Cultural Forum is available at the CDN Website.


Culture and Community Researchers Network 2009 -2012

The Culture and Community Researchers’ Network was a partnership between CDN and Victorian College of the Art and Music’s Centre for Cultural Partnerships.  It brought together researchers from universities in Australia and other countries who were interested in cultural development, social change, creative methodologies, artistic intervention, and/ or community research themes.  In 2013, a new program is being led by VCA-MCM’s Centre for Cultural Partnerships: Social Practice in the Arts Seminar Series.