Arts in Recovery Documentary Screening

Creative Regions’ Afloat project has drawn to a close, and a screening of their recent documentary called Arts in Recovery will be broadcast on 31 Digital tonight on the 18th March at at 7pm, and again on Friday the 20th March at 9.30am and Saturday the 21st March at 5pm.

The Afloat project was a participatory arts projects initiated by Creative Regions in two stages in 2010/11 and 2013, and received funding through the Creative Recovery – Building Resilience initiative of the Queensland Government. An overview of Afloat can be found at this link. And a further description is available on Placestories in the Creative Recovery Network community:

“Afloat is a Creative Regions project funded through the Creative Recovery – Building Resilience initiative of the Queensland Government.  The project is occurring across the Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, North Burnett and Fraser Coast Regions in response to the natural disasters of January 2013”

(http://placestories.com/project/145378).

I was fortunate to be able to attend the premiere of the documentary at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts in December last year. It is powerful and emotional documentary, and demonstrates just how important the Arts are in disaster recovery work.

To discover more about arts in disaster recovery work, it is worthwhile tuning in to see this important documentary.

An excellent resource of interest! “Making Art With Communities: A Work Guide”

In June 2013, Vic Health, in partnership with Arts Victoria and Castanet, published a valuable guide exemplifying key ways the arts is of great benefit in and for communities. This is an important and interesting collaboration between the Health and Arts sectors.

Below is a summary that describes the importance of the Making Art With Communities: A Work Guide:

“Art helps us to explore and interpret our stories and, in turn, share discoveries and learn more about how other people see the world. Participation in arts activities expand our networks, strengthen our social bonds and bring our communities closer together – the foundations for mental wellbeing.” (http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/Publications/Social-connection/Making-Art-with-Communities-A-Work-Guide.aspx)

Topics covered include:

  • Arts in the community
  • Working with communities
  • Working with artists
  • Developing the project concept
  • Managing the project
  • Managing people
  • Managing budgets and resources
  • Managing events
  • Completing the project.

Please click on this link for a PDF copy of the guide. It is worthwhile reading.

 

 

Major event announcement: Co-Creative Communities Forum and Lab

The Community Uses of Co-Creative Media research team has been very busy over the past several months conducting background survey & interview research with key project stakeholders, as well as completing the Digistories sub-project –  a broadcast distribution experiment conducted in collaboration with 31 Digital and well worth a blog post on its own at some stage soon.

A lot of energy has also gone into planning for our first major project event, which combines a future-oriented public forum with a workshop/lab-style activity targeted specifically at selected co-creative community media practitioners looking to improve knowledge, gain skills and develop new partnerships.

Details below, please pass them on to all who might be interested!

Co-Creative Communities: Storytelling Futures for Community Arts and Media

Thursday 8 November – Friday 9 November 2012

Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne

How are community media and arts organisations responding to the challenge of digital convergence? What is the role of storytelling and storytellers in this evolving landscape?

This two-day event brings together storytellers, broadcasters, filmmakers, artists, cultural workers, activists and researchers to discuss the challenges and opportunities that digital convergence and participatory media present for communities.

DAY 1 FORUM
Thursday 8 November, 8.30am – 5pm

Broadcast Yourself?

Find out how public and community media innovators are responding to the challenges, changes and potential of participatory media. Speakers include Sue Schardt (Association of Independents in Radio, USA) Cath Dwyer (ABC Open), Jodie Bell (Goolarri Media Enterprises), Kath Letch (Community Broadcasting Association of Australia) and Indu Balachandran (Information & Cultural Exchange).

Impact Effects Evaluation

Leading researchers, practitioners and activists discuss the different models and best practice principles for working with communities to help tell their stories and creative positive change. Speakers include Sam Gregory (WITNESS, USA), Mimi Pickering (Appalshop, USA), Andrew Lowenthal (EngageMedia), Dr. Lachlan MacDowall (University of Melbourne) and Change Media.

Platforms & Publics

Explore how arts and media organisations are connecting with communities across new platforms, and how they might harness the power of next generation broadband. Speakers include Feral Arts, Assoc Prof. Jean Burgess (QUT), Colin Griffith (Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation) and Helen Simondson (ACMI).

Storytelling Futures

We consider the enduring appeal of storytelling, the role of the storyteller and storytelling institutions in a changing media landscape, and the importance of community-based storytelling. Speakers include Prof. John Hartley (Curtin University), Scott Rankin (Big hART), Jesse Cox (All The Best, FBi) and Elias Nohra (CuriousWorks).

To book tickets to the forum and to download the full program visit the ACMI event page.

DAY 2 CO-CREATIVE MEDIA EXCHANGE

Friday 9 November, 10am- 2pm

A half-day lab for selected participants to workshop new projects; receive feedback, advice and support from our national and international speakers; participate in peer-to-peer mentoring; and make new connections across community arts and media.

Participation is via application. For more information on how to get involved or to register your interest in the lab, email digitalstorytelling@acmi.net.au

This event is presented by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the Queensland University of Technology with support from the Australian Research Council, the Australia Council for the Arts, Goolarri Media Enterprises, Swinburne University of Technology, Curtin University, 31 Digital and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.

ACMI will also be hosting a Digital Storytelling express workshop in conjunction with the forum on Saturday 10 November, 10am – 5.30pm. More info at the ACMI website.