Latrobe University Art and Health

A new blog that offers a space for conversations and swapping of news, ideas, experiences and inspiring examples from practice and research.

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.

The new API site is now live! It has ‘Upcoming events’, as well as a noticeboard for industry events. There is also an ‘inspiration spotlight’ to highlight the amazing work of people all over the world working on projects that we admire and find inspiring.
Presidents Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, November 2013, USA
The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities has published an interim report on its signature initiative, Turnaround Arts. Authored by an evaluation team from Booz Allen Hamilton and the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago, the report examines progress indicators for Turnaround Arts schools in their first year.
Download presentations including: Multiple Scenarios of Culture: Dilemmas in the Inclusion and Exclusion of Symbolic Representations; Technologies for creative expression and Culture and context: the Maori experience; Honouring our past to develop our future.
The World Culture Forum (WCF) was the first in a series of international forums to take place in the region with the aim of creating a permanent space to challenge established thinking and identify solutions for embedding culture as part of sustainable development. The forum follows hot on the heels of the UN’s Creative Economy report, which outlines the extent that cultural and creative industries boost the global economy.
Titled How Singing Together Changes The Brain, it offers important research on the massive benefits of singing and connecting with diverse people in ‘positive human collisions’.
This report was commissioned by the Enterprise Connect Creative Industries Centre (CIIC) and undertaken by SGS Economics and Planning.
VicHealth supports participation in the arts and access to arts activities to promote health and wellbeing. This website is a showcase for the projects in which VicHealth has invested, associated events being delivered across the state, and the research, resources and tools which VicHealth has developed to assist more organisations to create health through the arts.
This report uses data and case studies to identify and highlight key Victorian stakeholders, artists and arts organisations engaging in cultural exchange activities with artists and arts organisations in the Asian region.
Commissioned by the Mayor of London in partnership the other cities signed up to the World Cities Culture Forum, this report contains information and data on 22 cities, encompassing formal cultural activity, such as museums, galleries and concert halls, and informal activity such as outdoors arts and festivals, and bars and restaurants.
This paper presents an analysis of placemaking on the Gold Coast, providing insights from cultural practitioners, industry leaders, cultural workers, the community-at-large and in particular the emergence of a cultural voice that is developing via artist-run spaces involving joint collaborations between the academy and the community.
Common Ground Publishing, USA produces a short enewsletter every month featuring new books, resources and conferences. The January issue contains information about Common Ground e-learning modules.
The BCA Survey of Business Support for the Arts is the nation’s largest survey of its kind, delving beyond pure numbers into the motivations behind and goals of business partnerships with the arts.
UN Report: Creative economy key to inclusive development in the post-2015 development agenda.
New York, 10 December 2013
The presentation of the Creative Economy Report 2013, Special Edition, in New York provides a menu of options and analysis of practical choices for local leaders to support cultural and creative industries in the pursuit of more inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth, leading to the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era.

Ann Markusen is Director of the Arts Economy Initiative and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Principal of Markusen Economic Research.

Arts Council of Wales Article
‘Creativity is essential to the success and fulfilment of young people.’ A new report on the way the arts and education sectors work together in Wales.The joint review, commissioned by the Welsh Government is the first to look in depth at the inter-relationship between the arts and education sectors in Wales.

Australian Bureau of Statistics
Discussion Paper: Cultural and Creative Activity Satellite Accounts, Australia, 2013
This discussion paper presents the findings of a study on the feasibility of producing cultural and creative activity satellite accounts for Australia.
A unique virtual think tank exploring the intersection of the arts with a wide range of topics including politics, economics, philanthropy, leadership, research, and urban planning, Createquity is a hub for next-generation ideas on the role of the arts in a creative society.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), USA
Report: How a nation engages with art: highlights from the 2012 survey of public participation in the arts.
27 September, 2013

Cultural planning in a local government context is not an easy task. The consultation process needs to be thorough and as a result can be lengthy. This month we are feature an article from Bec Cole describing the recent cultural planning process that was undertaken by the Wyndham City Council. Bec begins her article: ‘Embarking on a new strategy, plan or policy is never an easy undertaking. Cultural Planning is particularly fraught as the first conversation is usually the one about defining what cultural development actually is – what is in the scope and what is not.’  She outlines the key areas, processes, benefits and difficulties associated with local government cultural planning. Read further Creating Creative Communities and Cultural Places article

Report. ‘The Economic Contribution of Culture’,  Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia June 2013. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released a discussion paper about measuring the economic contribution of cultural and creative activity in Australia. The paper is an outcome of a feasibility study commissioned by the Meeting of Cultural Ministers Statistics Working Group, supporting a national program of cultural data collection, research and analysis, in partnership with the ABS.

Article. ‘Arts and culture to be included in ONS well-being measures’ Michael Quinn, The Stage News, UK, June 10, 2013. The Office for National Statistics is to use responses from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Taking Part Survey – which details consumption of and participation in the arts and culture – in response to public demand for their inclusion in the Measuring Well-being Programme.

Report. ‘Healthy Attendance? The Impact of Cultural Engagement and Sports Participation on Health and Satisfaction with Life in Scotland’, The Scottish Government, 19 August 2013. Data from the Scottish Household Survey 2011 has been used to statistically explore the relationship between taking part in cultural and sporting activities, attending cultural places and key quality of life measures in Scotland. This report presents the findings of the analysis of this relationship.

What is Museum? article by Tegan Kehoe, May 31, 2013

A lack of inclusive and accessible employment and leadership opportunities are some of the most significant barriers remaining for people with disability to be able to engage fully and equally in Australian society. This report captures the results from national research into employment levels, barriers and strategies around employment in the arts for people with disability. Produced in response to a key focus area of the National Arts and Disability Strategy, the research was funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport managed by Arts Access Australia and undertaken by DADAA Inc.
Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government
Community Wellbeing Indicators: Measures for Local Government
This paper outlines key research and initiatives around community wellbeing indicators, and includes a ‘community wellbeing indicators survey template’ that can be adapted for use by local governments nationally to measure, analyse and assess the progress of community wellbeing.
Talking Difference is a digital project designed to facilitate dialogue about cultural difference and promote diversity.
The project is funded through VicHealth’s ‘Arts About Us’ program and further extends three years’ work by Museum Victoria staff around race-based discrimination in Victorian communities.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, June 2013, Australia
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released a discussion paper about measuring the economic contribution of cultural and creative activity in Australia. Information.

Municipal Cultural Planning: A Toolkit for Ontario Municipalities 2011

Edited by Greg Young, University of Sydney, Australia and Deborah Stevenson, UWS, Australia 2013
Particularly well suited to those involved in community planning /  development, place making or neighbourhood planning.
A range of topics are discussed including but not limited to:
•         Make Paradise Out of a Parking Lot
•         Nourishing the Urban Spirit
•         Lost Green Spaces Right Under Our Noses
•         Bicyclists Wheel into the 21st Century
Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, November 2012, United Kingdom
The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health has published a series of ‘Singing for Health Guides’. These guides refer to the policy context, the existing evidence base and provide guidance on setting up, delivering and evaluating initiatives.
Arts Council England, April 2013, England
Supporting their role as an advocate for the value of arts and culture, Arts Council England has refreshed its advocacy toolkit for the sector. The new toolkit contains updated advice and guidance on how to raise awareness and demonstrate the value of public investment in arts and culture.
CAPACOA, April 2013, Canada
‘The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada’ includes a comprehensive historical and contemporary overview of the performing arts ecosystem. It reveals that performing arts are valued by the vast majority of Canadians – across socio-economic differences – and it provides a new perspective on younger Canadians’ interest in live performing arts.
A new report from an independent firm of economists has found that Australia’s public libraries deliver benefits that are worth nearly three times the cost of running them – a fact that will come as no surprise to Australia’s 10 million registered library users. If you put $100 into gold last year, it would be worth around $110 today.  Compare that with the $290 return on every $100 invested in Australian public libraries.
The report into the value of public libraries, produced by SGS Economics, states that these services provide Australians with a net annual benefit of some $1.97 billion.

Book: The Artistic Edge, 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World.
This book explores why leadership skills taught through the arts are what young people need most to be successful in life.

The MAV’s new quarterly magazine CiVic has been launched. CiVic is available as an iPad app. Councils can discuss and submit story ideas to Puffafish’s editor, Kristi High, on 0407 366 466 or at
Community Cultural Development Frameworks:
Presentation by Jade Lillie (Footscray Community Arts Centre) and Steph Vajda (Ferment Collaborate)
People and the Planet Conference, Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT University, July 2013
Jade Lillie (Footscray Community Arts Centre) and Steph Vajda (Ferment Collaborate) have worked independently and collaboratively in Australian and Asian contexts for the past eight years. Recently, Jade and Steph presented at the RMIT University Global Cities Research Institute’s People and the Planet Conference in Melbourne.  Their presentation discussed community cultural development frameworks as a tool for cultural sustainability. Along with a series of practical examples from Queensland, Thailand and Sri Lanka, Jade and Steph spoke about the following topics:
• Sustainability in a community context
• Links between culture and sustainability (without culture, we are not sustainable)
• Cultural democracy and community engagement
• Community cultural development as a framework for engaging communities in cultural democracy
engagement and sustainable solutions to social, economic, environmental, political and cultural issues
Future Leaders books
SpacePlaceCulture-PRINT.inddSpace Place & Culture ( Now available)
Leading thinkers explore ways in which we manage our space, our place and our culture,and provides insights for the future.

LifeSurfingLifeDancing (3)

Life Surfing Life Dancing (Available June 2013)
The writers’ discuss wellbeing and health based on their clinical and research roles and life experiences.

Why culture matters to sustainable development
Article 13 September, 2012, Artshub By Holly Schäuble is the Founding Director of Many Hands International, an Australian NGO working with communities to identify cultural assets and apply them to maintain culture and develop economic and social opportunities.