This page contains a listing of resources that have come to CDN’s attention, that we think might be useful for our readers. It is continually growing, and we welcome submissions.
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In an engaging, thoughtful and observational style, Marcus Westbury argues that most towns and cities are wasting their most obvious opportunities: the talent, imagination, and passion of the people that live there. In a globalised age, local creativity has access to new possibilities that most places have barely begun to grasp.
In this historic anthology, award-winning writers Rosie Scott and Dr Anita Heiss have gathered together the work of twenty of Australia’s finest writers. Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous together create powerful statements from Northern Territory Elders to bring a new dimension and urgency to an issue that has remained largely outside the public radar.
The Creative City: Vision and Execution, edited by James E. Doyle and Biljana Mickov, challenges the popular understanding of the Creative City, by bridging the gap between the Creative City as concept and the Creative City as practice and, in so doing, provides a contemporary template for policy makers, city planners, and citizens alike.
‘How Creativity Works in the Brain’, Insight from a Santa Fe Institute Working Group, Cosponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
This report summarises themes and trends emerging from psychological and neurobiological studies of creativity. It explores models for trans-disciplinary research collaborations and it foregrounds artistic creation as a process worthy of more rigorous study. Based on a two-day workshop held in Santa Fe, New Mexico in July 2014, the report also discusses the urgency of such research for broader societal gains.
This publication looks at the barriers to increasing engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and highlights ways the sector could be mobile audiences, through a greater understanding of attitudes, beliefs and behaviours.
Dr. Craig Saper, co-editor of Hyperrhize 12, and Felix Burgos have contributed to this special issue of Hyperrhiz that uses the phrase cultural mapping to describe both a practice and an emerging interdisciplinary field. With multiple roots extending through theory and diverse areas of practice, from artistic inquiry to community planning, cultural mapping reflects the spatial and placed-based research in cultural and artistic studies, architecture and urban design, geography, sociology, cultural policy and planning, and e-media studies. Its recent adoption within a variety of disciplinary areas has necessitated new methodologies, perspectives, and disciplinary objectives.
New book edited by Christiaan de Beukelaer, JP Singh and Miikka Pyykkonen considering the links between the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and cultural development.
New publication by Lazaro Israel Rodriguez Olivia commissioned by German Commission to UNESCO considering North-South-South good practices in knowledge management, creative economy and cultura-for-development in Germany and Mexico.
New Report: Creative councils for creative communities produced by Marrickville Council (NSW) and the UTS Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG)
Published by ACELG, this resource emphasises the role of creativity as a prerequisite to innovation in local government, particularly during a time of change and reform to the local government sector. The paper explores current thinking about creativity in communities, organisations and the public sector and discusses an approach taken within Marrickville Council about organisational creativity that could be considered by other local governments wishing to operate in a more creative and innovative way
By Ian David Moss, Louise Geraghty, Clara Schuhmacher and Talia Gibas on May 6, 2015 It’s not just the price of admission that’s keeping poor and less-educated adults away from arts events.
The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) at the University of Technology, Sydney has recently developed a new online resource for local government which provides the sector with a practical approach to develop strong, socially cohesive communities. This interactive resource, is the first sector-specific resource to focus on social cohesion, supported by a strong evidence-base of current, validated research and local government case studies. It was developed for the Australian Human Rights Commission under the National Anti-Racism Strategy.
This free resource is available at www.acelg.org.au/socialcohesion
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Added: 30 September 2015
Conference Resources and Final Publication: Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures Conference (Helsinki, 6-8 May 2015) now available:
New Print Resource: Cultural Mapping as Cultural Enquiry, edited by Nancy Duxbury, W.F. Garrett-Petts, and David MacLennan, is now in print!
This book address these themes, drawing on examples from Australia, Canada, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Italy, Malaysia, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Ukraine. Contributors explore innovative ways to encourage urban and cultural planning, community development, artistic intervention, and public participation in cultural mapping—recognizing that public involvement and artistic practices introduce a range of challenges spanning various phases of the research process, from the gathering of data, to interpreting data, to presenting “findings” to a broad range of audiences.
Measures announced in the Australian Government’s 2015 -16 Budget have a significant impact and the Australia Council has made a number of difficult decisions to manage the transition to the new funding framework. A number of grants and funding opportunities previously offered to arts and culture sector have been impacted.
For an overview of these planned changes please visit: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/
New e-newsletter will keep you in the loop with regular updates on the work of the Ministry, great feature articles on topical issues in the arts and cultural sector, and highlights of what’s on, interesting facts and funding opportunities.
New Report: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Festival statistics: Key concepts and current practices (2009)
In any community, festivals are an important showcase of culture and creativity, and the cornerstone of economic development strategies to attract tourists. But governments often lack the tools necessary to measure the full impact of such multi-faceted events.
Renowned Australian artist Matthew Harding is the successful artist selected for Maribyrnong City Council’s latest $170,000 Public Art Commission. He will install his public art piece ‘Pipe Dreams’ at Thompson Reserve, the entrance to Pipemakers Park in Maribyrnong. Matthew Harding’s concept was inspired by the industrial heritage of the site. It also references the energy and flow of the iconic Maribyrnong River and symbolises hopes and aspirations of the local community.
This book presents a range of case studies of arts and cultural leadership across a large number of Asian countries. Besides examining different cultural frameworks and contexts, the book considers different cultural approaches to leadership, discusses external challenges and entrepreneurialism, and explores how politics can have a profound impact. Throughout, the book covers different art forms, and different sorts of arts and cultural organizations.
Wind & Sky Productions is pleased to announce that ‘Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe’ went live on Culture Victoria on the 27 May, to mark the beginning of National Reconciliation Week. The project explores how 19th century European settlers depended on Aboriginal navigators and canoe builders to transport goods, mail and people on the rivers of remote colonial Victoria. This film and multimedia project includes artwork from the regional collections of the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Ballarat Gold Museum, as well as photographs, artwork and maps from the collections of the State Library of Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria and Museum Victoria. While it is very much a story of Central and Western Victoria the content covers the river systems of Victoria from the Murray to the coast.
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by Liam Miller, 27 March 2015
Is there a distinction between art and vandalism? This is the question that always seems to rise up when graffiti becomes a topic of conversation, as it has after Lynch’s outburst. This is, however, not just important for those of us who want to know the answers to obscure questions such as, “what is art?” It affects everyone.
A review of the Arts Central project was undertaken in Making Arts Central in a Regional Australian Community, recently published in the Global Compact Cities Programme’s latest ‘Cities for the Future’. In the article Cynthia Lam, a Research Officer from RMIT University explores how the Central Goldfields Shire is trailing a new approach to economic and social revitalisation, by encouraging organisations across all sectors to embrace the arts.
This report explores ways the local councils in Victoria are contributing to reconciliation in their communities by using the arts as a vehicle. It focusses on the policies that underpin Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander arts activities of 79 councils, and finds that local governments play an increasingly important reconciliation role. The policies of six councils, representing a wide diversity in location, size and resources, are examined in detail. As a result of her analysis, Emma Asscher recommends that the term ‘reconciliation’ and the actions councils take to achieve it need to be articulated and understood clearly, to determine whether long term reconciliation goals have been reached. Further, her study demonstrates that councils need not have access to substantial resources to develop effective Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander art policies. Untapped opportunities exist for councils to partner with other councils to deliver cost effective, ambitious and far reaching Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander arts initiatives.
This research sought to create an evidence base for the creative case for inclusive arts practice to support greater recognition for artists with disability by transforming and extending notions of what art is, who makes it and how it is made.
The much-anticipated annual Indigenous issue is now available. Topics explore the forging of new relationships across the globe in a transnational exchange of ideas, histories and shared concerns to do with the environment, colonialism and the place of indigenous peoples in the framing of world culture.
New film collection: Three film resources released to further support the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander women and men in local government
Your community, Country and council –Aboriginal women run for election – VLGA Youtube and DVDs available in 10 minute and 20 minute versions available on Youtube.
My Vote, your vote our vote – VEC film to encourage voter registration
Our Vote Counts – stories of Aboriginal Women’s Voting Experience – Womens’ Health Goulburn North East
Rose Turtle Ertler is a musician/sound artist currently working on several community inspired projects in Regional Victoria. One such project includes ‘Rebel Elders’, where Rose worked with nine elderly Ballarat residents on a movement based performance which was accompanied by a recorded soundtrack of their own stories of rebellion and music composed by local musicians. One aim of the project was to disprove ideas revealed in the Human Rights Commission (2013) about the negative image of elderly people in media who are often portrayed as dull, sick, grumpy and boring.
Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian Arts is a new report which provides evidence as a catalyst for informed discussion about arts and culture in Australia. It will be an evolving report which fills a critical gap by creating and interpreting a set of national indicators to increase our understanding of the Australian arts industry.This first report delivers a selected set of initial indicators that enrich the existing evidence base for the arts. It builds on key data collections and research undertaken by over 100 arts and research organisations across Australia. Eight leaders from across the arts sector shared their personal experiences and insights for Talking Points articles on the topics of Diversity and International.The report also includes analysis on the arts and subjective wellbeing to measure the impact of the arts on personal satisfaction levels and more broadly on society.
An opinion piece highlighting that regional festivals attract fewer people from outside the region than is commonly assumed. Jack Archer, Deputy CEO of the Regional Australia Institute suggests something new is needed and like many areas of Australian economy, engaging with Asia may be the answer.
New Articles: ‘What is Community Arts & Cultural Development and Principles of Community Arts & Cultural Development’ Creating Australia
What is Community Arts & Cultural Development and Principles of Community Arts & Cultural Development are two fact sheets published by Creating Australia as a guide to practice and a helpful explanatory tool for artists and organisations to use when describing their work to those outside the sector.
The European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education, is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 4, Issue 1 of its online Journal of Cultural Management and Policy. With this latest issue, ENCATC continues its commitment to stimulate the debate on the topics of cultural management and cultural policy among researchers, academics, scholars, professionals and policy makers.
A persistent economic recession, social shifts, and technological change have combined to put our artists—from graphic designers to indie-rock musicians, from architects to booksellers—out of work. This important book looks deeply and broadly into the roots of the crisis of the creative class in America and tells us why it matters.
“This is an exciting and visionary book, showing why an age of culture is necessary and how it can be achieved.” — Biserka Cvjeticanin, Director, Culturelink/Institute for Development and International Relations.
“Paul Schafer believes that we are standing at the threshold of a new era of global development and human affairs that should be driven by a holistic cultural perspective.” — Robert Palmer, former Director of Democratic Governance, Culture, and Diversity at the Council of Europe.
by Jennifer Swan, 19 January 2015, Nonprofit Quarterly.
We too often hear the arts are “expendable” or “luxury” items when it comes to budgets and spending. Recently, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released three separate studies relating to audience arts attendance, the reasons for attendance, and how this affects the overall U.S. economy.
New Book:Design Handbook for Cultural Centres, published by the Stannica Cultural Centre in Zilina, Slovakia
This new book is a collection of personal experiences, observations and opinions on cultural centres. It is a list of examples, situations and stories collected in the years 2011- 2014 by visiting member centres of Trans Europe Halles network.
David Bell and Kate Oakley survey the major debates emerging in cultural policy research, adopting an approach based on spatial scale to explore cultural policy in cities, nations and internationally. They contextualise these discussions with an exploration of what both ‘culture’ and ‘policy’ mean when they are joined together as cultural policy. Drawing on topical examples and contemporary research, as well as their own experience in both academia and in consultancy, Bell and Oakley urge readers to think critically about the project of cultural policy as it is currently being played out around the world. Cultural Policy is a comprehensive and readable book that provides a lively, up-to-date overview of key debates in cultural policy, making it ideal for students of media and cultural studies, creative and cultural industries, and arts management.
New Report: Findings from the 2013 survey of Victorians’ attitude toward race, racism, ethnicity and cultural diversity presents results from research project, led by VicHealth
The survey was developed in partnership with The University of Melbourne, the Social Research Centre and experts across Australia.
Over the past 10 years VicHealth has identified discrimination and its resulting disadvantages as one of the important drivers of mental ill health. Mental illness is among the top three causes of burden of disease and injury in Australia.
That’s why VicHealth has adopted improving mental wellbeing as a strategic focus in our Action Agenda for Health Promotion. For a decade we have supported activity that builds the evidence of the link between race-based discrimination and health, as well as promoting cultural diversity.
New Journal: Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management, Making Culture Count special edition, Vol 11, No 1 (2014)
Among the articles in this edition of the Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management, we are pleased to recommend three contributions stemming from the 2012 international conference Making Culture Count: Rethinking measures of cultural vitality, wellbeing and citizenship presented by CDN and the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, University of Melbourne.
The articles are:
Now someone like me finds me: Gift exchange and reciprocity in community arts (Joanna Winchester);
Towards the use of cultural indicators in planning for vibrant activity centres (Rosalie Hastwell and Simon Wollan)
In this issue, NEA Arts Magazine look at some of the innovative ways that organizations are using art as an instrument of healing. At the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, art therapy is helping service members grapple with the complex issues behind post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. At the nonprofit D-Rev, creative product design is forging solutions for medical issues plaguing third-world countries. AIDS Quilt workshops provide an outlet for grief and mourning, while working toward HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness. COSACOSA, based in Philadelphia, uses public art to heal communities fractured by poverty and illness, and in California, EngAGE is challenging the concept of what retirement communities should look like.
Released in 2014, this Guide created by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), identifies the main intellectual property (IP) challenges faced by festival organizers and outlines some practical elements of an effective IP management strategy, following a step-by-step approach.
New Resource: Digital Storytelling in Museum: The experience of training museum professionals in the European project Diamond – Dialoguing Museum for a new cultural democracy.
The Diamond “Dialoguing Museums for a New Cultural Democracy” project was a two year project co – funded by European Commission within the lifelong learning programme Grundtvig (adult education).
The project aimed at bringing together a group of scientific museums and research centres committed to provide learning opportunities for adult people. Diamond aimed at implementing pilot activities within scientific museums addressed to socially disadvantaged adults, using also ICT and focussing on the issue of impact measurement and evaluation. To promote a greater appreciation of the role of scientific museums as a tool to engage adults and promote learning opportunities and social inclusion for disadvantaged groups.
Diamond started in November 2012- and ended in October 2014.
The project leader ECCOM, Italy, and the partnership was composed by 6 partners from Italy, Romania, Spain, 4 of which are scientific museums: “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History in Bucharest, Romania, “Ion Borcea” Natural Science Museum Complex, in Bacau Romania, The Museum of Natural Sciences in Valencia and the Civic Museum of Zoology (Rome, Italy). Melting Pro. Laboratorio per la Cultura thanks to its expertise in digital storytelling was in charge of the training of the museum professionals in the project.
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‘Managing Arts Projects with Societal Impact’ (MAPSI) refers to a specialization in management of artistic projects with societal impact, and aims to create an international network focusing on educating cultural managers and facilitators to manage and mediate artistic and cultural projects with societal impact.
New Journal: International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research Call for Papers for May 2015 Issue
Authors are invited to submit papers to this journal through the ONLINE submission system. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated by IJLTER.
Deadlines for MAY 2015 issue:
Final Submission Date: 30 APRIL 2015
Acceptance Notification Date: 14 MAY 2015
Deadline to submit camera-ready copy: 23 MAY 2015
Online Publication Date: 31 MAY 2015
New Book: ‘Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry’, (Duxbury.N, Garrett-Petts.W, MacLennan D (eds), Routledge Advances in Research Method Series in March 2015
Cultural mapping is a mode of inquiry and a methodological tool in urban planning, cultural sustainability, and community development that makes visible the ways local stories, practices, relationships, memories, and rituals constitute places as meaningful locations.
Three reports published in April 2015 from the National Endowment for the Arts reveal new findings about the impact of arts and cultural industries on GDP, as well as how and why Americans participate in certain arts activities.
Report 1: When Going Gets Tough: Barriers and Motivations Affecting Arts Attendance
Report 2: A Decade of Arts Engagement: Findings from the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, 2002-2012
Report 3: The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) 1998-2012
Cultural Infusion has created an eBook for primary students which launched nationally on Harmony Day (21st March), celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity. Recipes for Harmony, a free resource, includes stories of Australians from different backgrounds including AFL star Bachar Houli, Triple J Heywire winner Tiffany Davey and Masterchef Australia contestant, Alice Zaslavky.
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Added: 16 April 2015
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