Conference: Working outside the box one day conference, South Morang, Victoria, May 2006

The role of cultural facilities in community strengthening

This event explored how cultural facilities (including galleries, museums and performing arts centres) can work with communities to facilitate the expression of local identity. Questions discussed included;
– how facilities can develop programming that contributes to community building;
– how building design can advance or detract from community engagement
– the challenging balance between artistic and community expectations
– celebrating local cultural assets.

The program featured keynote speakers, Paul Reeves, Deputy Head of Education at Royal Opera House, London, John Kirkman, CEO of Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Lewers Bequest with Anne Loxley from Penrith Regional Gallery in western Sydney; case studies from diverse regional and metropolitan facilities, Professor Mike Salvaris on cultural indicators, a Hypothetical facilitated by Professor Peter Sheldrake.

Presented by the Cultural Development Network in partnership with Arts Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, Museums Australia (Victoria), Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres, Hume City Council and Shire of Yarra Ranges, in conjunction with Showcasing Victoria, a RAV and VAPAC initiative’.