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Community building

  Introduction

Community building

from 'Creative Connections'

Communities are organic entities that evolve through internal and external influences, and are complexly shaped by socio-cultural dynamics. Ccd projects and programs may work with developing community where people need to work together, to share ideas and values, to foster cohesion, and to build a sense of belonging.

Our identities as individuals and as members of communities are bound in complex ways to a sense of place. Ccd processes that focus on our relationships to the environments that we use and share, are sometimes referred to as placemaking. Places can also be internal places – or spaces - the way we relate to ideas of home, identity and belonging.

Placemaking projects and programs are active in urban, regional and remote communities, and may also be useful in working with communities that are fractured or working with identity issues.


  Meeting places

Places and spaces where people meet and exchange their stories and ideas are the stuff of ccd. The creation of these places may be literal: cultural precincts that invite sharing and learning, or they may be virtual meeting places: websites that connect people and ideas. The project can also be seen as a space ‘in time' where exchange can occur.

Project examples

Blackfellas Whitefellas Wetlands

Meeting Places Local Stories and Hopes for the Future

Articles


Artwork 54

SMALL TOWNS, BIG PICTURE - ART, SOCIAL RESEARCH AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Malcolm McKinnon reports on the Victorian regional project Small Towns, Big Picture.


  Cultural planning

Cultural planning is a process that finds the relationships between people and the way that they live, and uses that knowledge to inform the development of a community. Cultural mapping is a technique that can be used to define a community's cultural activities, capacities and needs. Cultural planning is part of the continuum of sustainability and applies an awareness to the often invisible processes that make up a community's development, which makes it a useful tool. Knowledge of a community's cultural profile is also useful in advocating for change: it can inform policy development, attract funding and resources, and advocate for new approaches.

Project examples


to be added

Articles


Artwork 50 - August 2001

CULTURE: A PARALLEL FRAMEWORK
Deborah Mills reviews Jon Hawkes' ground-breaking work, The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability - culture's essential role in public planning, commissioned by the Victorian Cultural Development Network.

Artwork 54 - December 2002

CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT
Jon Hawkes explores how culture affects and relates to human activity and policy realms and what are the essential ingredients for keeping arts and culture on the public planning agenda.

Artwork 55, Ways of Seeing - June 2003

CULTURAL PLANNING - POLICY TASK, NOT TOOL
Deborah Mills considers the significance of culture in the planning process, and suggests 'ways of seeing' culture within the functions of local government.

HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS - CULTURAL PLANNING HAS HIT THE BIG TIME
June Moorhouse talks about cultural planning in Fremantle, Western Australia.


  Local government

On a local government level, cultural planning will often be linked with community development issues. Ideally, it will also build relationships between such areas as environment and town planning, economic development, and service provision, contributing to the overall effectiveness and wellbeing of the communities that we live in. Regional communities may especially benefit from cultural planning, where opportunities to participate in the development of cultural facilities, programs and projects may be limited.

Project examples

Blackfellas Whitefellas Wetlands

Microcosm: Past Present Future coming together as a whole

Articles


Artwork 55

PLANNING LOCAL CULTURES: LOCAL GOVERNMENT APPROACHES
Robin Trotter reflects on how cultural planning might relate to the Regional Arts Development Fund in Queensland.

ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL
Susan Conroy discusses the status and integration of cultural planning across NSW councils.

ACROC - SO CLOSE, SO FAR AWAY
John du Feu reports on the model of ACROC - the Arts and Cultural Regional Organisation of Councils in Queensland.

FROM HERE TO COMMUNITY
Catherine Murphy looks at two publications from South Australia which map developments in the relationship between local governments, the arts and cultural sectors over 10 years.


  Find out more…

Our Community
www.ourcommunity.com.au/
A site that will endear you to any community. Providing quality funding advice, a free online donations & volunteers service and practical information. Sells subscriptions to Easy Grants for $35 per year. Well worth the investment. Essential advice and learning for community organisations. Assistance with low-cost technology and purchasing.

Local Government Association (SA)
www.lga.sa.gov.au
Creating Communities a good practice guide to arts and cultural development for Local Government

Intercreate
www.intercreate.net/
Intercreate is a place for exploring the relationship between community cultural development and new technologies, and hopes to assist artists, technologists, and others interested in community cultural development to make things and solve problems together.

The Communication Initiative
www.comminit.com/
A partnership of development organisations seeking to support advances in the effectiveness and scale of communication interventions for positive international development. The CI strategy includes providing real-time information on communication and development experiences and thinking, facilitating horizontal linkages between people engaged in communication action, offering peer commentary on programmes and strategies, and taking opportunities to promote strategic thinking on communication and development issues and problems.

Health and Arts Research Centre, Inc. (HARC)
http://placemaking.com.au/
is a not for profit, non governmental organization whose purpose is to research, publish, train, create employment for local artists and cultural workers, and further advance the synergy between arts, culture and wellbeing.
Includes
SUPPORTING PLACEMAKING
Provides professional assistance in community cultural development and public place design.


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