Responding to and embracing difference and diversity in arts and cultural contexts
These events sought to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to be involved in creative arts activities, by inspiring and challenging participants about possibilities for their own context. Delegates from local government, disability support organisations, artists and artsworkers and educators, gathered for a full day of discussion, debate and workshops. Inspiring model projects, diverse speakers and a range of workshop options offered participants a range of experiences, to ensure that they left inspired and encouraged with useful new contacts and ideas.
Keynote speaker Ross Barber, Executive Director of Arts Access Queensland shared his experiences and successes, inspiring attendees with his speech ‘Creative Pathways: Opening the Door to More Inclusive Arts’. The achievements of Arts Access Queensland both as an organisation and in the broader community offered lessons and ideas for Victorian artist, support workers and organisations. Participants described Ross as ‘inspiring!’, ‘excellent’ and ‘wise on tap’.