Forum: Just Culture: Arts and social change, Melbourne, October 2005

Hilton on the Park

Symposium hosted by CDN & Community and Social Planners Network as part of the ‘Just Communities’ Conference. This recent symposium was a sell-out success. More than 90 people attended, including local government arts and culture workers, community and social planners and managers, councillors, community artists and artsworkers and academics who all participated in active discussion, as audience members and participants in art-making.

Deborah Mills, author of ‘Art and Wellbeing’ (2004) chaired the day which was designed to stimulate discussion among participants about scope for a deeper relationship between the arts and social change, focussing especially (but not exclusively) on local government’s community planning and community development roles. Discussion was directed towards exploring ideas to improve policy and practice, and also to identifying barriers currently preventing a deeper engagement with the arts in social transformation.