Latrobe University Art and Health

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Kaz Paton, Manager Arts & Culture, City of Greater Geelong was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2012 and you can read her report.

(CHCFE) is a two-year project funded by the EU Culture Programme (2007-2013) that aims to raise greater awareness on the multiple benefits of cultural heritage and present policy recommendations for tapping into heritage’s full potential.

2008 SAGE Publications
(Los Angeles, London, New Delhi and Singapore)
Vol 7(1): 71–91
DOI: 10.1177/1473095207082035
Culture as an organizing concept and framework offers planning a new, deeper and more sustainable foundation. The fact that culture constitutes and is constituted by our geographies, histories and societies, is expanding, and is the world’s leading intellectual resource, can be the basis for a new positionality for planning. A positionality of this kind is proposed as a new paradigm, and tagged with the neologism of ‘culturization’.

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Young, 2008, The Culturization of Planning

2008, Ashgate Publishing CompanyPlanning is described as being increasingly sidelined by the impacts of neo-liberal restructuring. At the same time, ‘culture’ is nowadays seen as the world’s key intellectual resource possessing new creative weight in sociological, economic and environmental terms. This book argues that, in the light of this cultural turn, there is the opportunity to re-position planning and proposes an original, practical and robust system of ‘culturisation’. Culturisation is defined as the ethical, critical and reflexive integration of culture into planning and potentially other areas such as public administration, corporate strategy and development thinking. Cultural theory, planning theory, global governance policy and recent, innovative culturised practices are all explored to this end. The new theoretical and practical approach put forward shows how deeper, richer and more relevant ideas about culture can be utilized in planning, and is illustrated with international examples and two major case studies detailing new vistas for a refurbished planning.

November 2014
Since the crisis in governance which led to a shortage of capable board members, recent years have seen the emergence of the enterprising arts organisation – a development which has led to the need for new types of board members who have a greater understanding of ‘mission, money and merit’ within a cultural construct. This innovative book explores the world of the arts board member from the unique perspective of the cultural and creative industries.


‘More Yuppy Stuff Coming Soon’: Gentrification, cultural policy, social inclusion and the arts’

Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies

Volume 28, Issue 4, 2014


The framework, endorsed by the Standing Council on Health and the Meeting of Cultural Ministers, has been developed to enhance the profile of arts and health in Australia and to promote greater integration of arts and health practice and approaches into health promotion, services, settings and facilities.

The current theme is Creativity Around the World, featuring articles about creativity in Estonia, UK, Greece, China, Peru, Netherlands, Japan, Romania, Latvia, Nepal, Thailand, India, Australia, Africa and Timor-Leste, amongst others.

In March 2013, OurSay worked with Hepburn Shire Council to help residents put forward their Big Ideas for the next four-year Council Plan. After weeks of community workshops and the OurSay forum engaging 10% of households in the shire, the councillors and council officers responded to the top 10 Big Ideas at the Daylesford Town Hall on March 26. Watch this video to find out what they had to say.


Cultural Policy Quick Facts is a short international overview of the existence of cultural policies, plans and guidelines; the nature of cultural authorities and governance; and the key elements of cultural policies.