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.

ArnoldZableAcclaimed author Arnold Zable opened 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.

Flyer: 2014 VLGMIN flyer
Program: 2014 VLGMIN program

How do the Arts support Community Wellbeing?

Kingston Arts presents Dialogues 2: How do the Arts support Community Wellbeing?
Sunday 3rd August, 2-4pm, 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.

This is a free event, however, bookings are essential. T: 9556 4000.
For more information.

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…)

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.


People and the Planet: Transforming the Future Global Conference, Melbourne, July 2013

The Global Cities Research Institute (RMIT) and the UN Global Compact Cities Programme