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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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.

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…)

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

Presented by Murray Arts and the Cultural Development Network

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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.

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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.

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Public Forum: Practitioners’ Voices – artists in community settings, Melbourne, May 2012

A unique forum on practice for professional artists working in community. What we do and why it matters.

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Public forum: Arts, Local Government & Climate Change, Melbourne May 2011

Exploring ways that local councils are using the arts to address issues of environmental sustainability, especially climate change, through the arts.

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Public Forum: Home Lands, March 2011

Constructing home and identity with young people from refugee
backgrounds through media and technology.

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Public Forum: International Perspectives, Melbourne, December 2010

Arts residencies in the Asian Century
Asialink Arts Residency Program
presented by the Cultural Development Network, City of Melbourne and Asialink

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Public Forum: Gettin’ It Right, Melbourne, June 2010

Community consent and the arts

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