Public Forum: Homelessness and Cultural Democracy, August 2008

The rights of homeless individuals and families to participate in the cultural life of the community

homelessness

The rights of homeless individuals and families to participate in the cultural life of the community was the focus for discussion at this half day forum. Taking a broad definition of homelessness, the event brought together a range of stakeholders, including arts and community workers, artists, local government, and people who have experienced homelessness to discuss ways in which social inclusion through cultural participation can impact on the lives of homeless individuals and families. Speakers considered the barriers that exist and the solutions that need to be expanded or developed for the future, including rights to access and broadening of access, and mainstream opportunities for marginalized art and artists.

Speakers:
– Deb Tsorbaris, CEO at the Council to Homeless Persons, the peak Victorian body for organisations and individuals with an interest or stake in homelessness.
– Nanette Mitchell, Senior Social Planner, Housing and Homelessness at the City of Melbourne.
– Kiera McDonald, Manager of St Vincent de Paul’s Ozanam Community Centre
– Jimmy, DJ on 3CR’s Roominations program
– Dale, former lead singer Bipolar Bears and panellist on 3CR’s Roominations program.
– Rebecca Lister, Jesuit Social Services

Photo courtesy St Vincent de Paul Society and its’ clients

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