Name: ‘The Arts and Australian Education: Realising Potential’

Year: 2010

Description: Robyn Ewing’s Australian Education Review MAPS the actual and potential contribution of all the Arts to education. It identifies the opportunities and constraints in today’s landscape of education and schooling, in terms of philosophy, pedagogy, practice and the systems which implement all of these.



Name: Making Culture Count: rethinking measures of cultural vitality, wellbeing and citizenship

Year: 2012

Description: Conference held in Melbourne in May 2012, as a joint venture of the Cultural Development Network and the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Victorian College of the Arts and Music, University of Melbourne. In recent years, culture and cultural development have become internationally recognised as important dimensions of contemporary governance and public policy. As in other policy areas (economic, social, environmental), the production of accurate and relevant data has become central to cultural policy and how the cultural lives of citizens are understood.   Conceptual  and practical developments  in measurement  tools, such as new forms of cultural indicators,  have the potential  to enrich  our understanding  of culture’s  role  in wellbeing,  vitality  and  citizenship.  From  UNESCO’s  benchmarks  for cultural  freedom,  through  comparative  measures  of  states’  cultural  provision  and  creative  cities  indices,  to  indicators  for community arts evaluation, diverse approaches to quantifying cultural value and measuring societal progress now exist. But how useful are all these measures? Are they helping us to keep track of what matters? What opportunities exist to contest, refine or democratise these systems of cultural measurement? This international conference brought together diverse perspectives from international guest speakers and leading local practitioners to explore the burgeoning field of cultural and community indicators. Participants engaged in critical dialogues on various approaches to monitoring, evaluating, planning, advocating, predicting, and simply understanding, cultural and social change. Presentations covered a range of theoretical and practical approaches to quantifying cultural values often considered intangible, including vitality, wellbeing, citizenship, and sustainability



Name: Government of Western Australia, Department of Culture and the Arts/ John Knell Consultation

Year: 2011

Description: Nationally and internationally, explaining the full value of the culture and arts sector’s activity to the public, government and other potential funders and investors has been problematic. The Department of Culture and the Arts has contracted Pracsys and John Knell of the UK based Intelligence Agency to undertake a ground breaking research project that will support artists, organizations and the Department to create a unified evidence based case on the true public value of the arts. The   Department's research to date on public value approaches indicates that nowhere in the world is there a standard, robust process that demonstrates the full value of the sector. In line with DCA’s strategic plan and Creating Value – An Arts and Culture Sector Policy Framework, we are undertaking to create one. View the transcript and listen to the podcast of Allanah Lucas, Michael Chappell and John Knell’s introduction the workshop.



Name: Creating Value – An Arts and Culture Sector Policy Framework

Year: March 2010

Description: Creating Value articulates the principles, outcomes and strategies that will guide the activities of the DCA for the next five   years. Developed following significant research and extensive consultation with the culture and arts sector and our partners   across other Government agencies and the private sector, the Policy Framework represents a new approach to supporting culture and arts in Western Australia.

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Name: culture@com.unity:  the arts and cultural domain in New South Wales

Year: 2001

Description: Keynote Address, ‘Defining the domain – valuing arts & culture’.

‘For those of us working in the arts, it’s a very interesting exercise to ask ourselves who cares about what we do? If we     vanished tomorrow what would our constituency or audience miss, and how might this loss affect their lives? What is it about   what we do that people value? What do they want from us and how can we go about responding to and nurturing this   dynamic relationship?’ By Deirdre Williams.


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