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  Press Releases

Many organisations and community goups have released statements to the press.

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Media Release

JEREMY ROCKLIFF, MHA
Shadow Minister for the Arts
Thursday, February 17, 2005

Re-think needed on regional arts funding

Any moves by the Australia Council to alter its community cultural development (CCD) programs must ensure that Tasmanian regional arts bodies and artists are not disadvantaged, Shadow Minister for the Arts, Jeremy Rockliff said today.

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  Feral Arts Association


Feral Arts has been an operationally funded client of the Community Cultural Development Board of the Australia Council for 15 years. Over that time they have built up a national and international profile for our innovative CCD programs and sector development initiatives.

Below is a copy of the letter expressing their concerns to member of the Australia Council .

Well worth the read!

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  Media Announcement - WA


Media Announcement - For Immediate Release 20 January 2005

West Australian artists and communities demand engagement in Australia Council consultation process.

Artists, community groups and business from across Western Australia have been shocked by the Australia Council's recent announcement to abolish the Community Cultural Development and the New Media Arts Boards.

To date no one in the Western Australian arts community has been consulted about the restructure.

West Australian artists and supporters have responded in a letter to the Australia Council, demanding a meeting with key instigators of the restructure, Jennifer Bott (CEO), David Gonski (Chair) and Terrey Arcus (Deputy Chair) to discuss the ramifications of the proposed changes and ensure that issues facing communities in the West are taken into consideration.
West Australian artists support calls for a 6-month moratorium on the decision, pending a review, to ensure that the most appropriate structures and processes are implemented. A workable period of consultation is required to ensure the changes will be positive and effective.

Community Cultural Development and the New Media Arts Boards currently support the most contemporary and innovative artforms in the country. The Community Cultural Development Board is one of the few avenues for communities to directly access support to make their own creative contribution to Australia's cultural landscape. By removing this access it would appear the Australia Council is turning its back on its charter to ensure all Australians are engaged with and enriched by arts.

'Community Engagement is the new term the Australia Council is using to take the money from controversial grass roots projects and redirect it into the clean and shiny world of participation. The community wont be supported to write the words any more, just to smile and sing from the same conservative song sheet' says young Community Cultural Development artist, Gemma Pepper. Ms Pepper has recently returned from a residency funded by the Community Cultural Development Board in Sierra Leone, West Africa..
'These changes seriously threaten the future of Community Cultural Development practice across Australia, which in turn threatens our well earned international reputation'.

For more information please contact Gemma Pepper on 0439923145 or gepp66@yahoo.com


  Queensland Community Arts Network (QCAN)


PRESS RELEASE
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Australia Council asked to please explain!

The Queensland Community Arts Network (QCAN) has today invited Jennifer Bott, CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body, to address a meeting of concerned stakeholders involved in community cultural development in Queensland. A date has not been set.

This invitation is in direct response to the Australia Council's recent decision to disband the Community Cultural Development Board and to distribute its interests under Community Partnerships and Audience Development and across other art-form boards. There are a number of issues related to this decision that need clarification. QCAN is also keen to know how interested parties can participate in the consultation process that has been promised to run through January and February.

Resolutions to present to the Australia Council will be developed at a meeting of members of QCAN and other stakeholders 4.pm 28 January at the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, 967 Brunswick Street, New Farm.

Contact Bronwyn Jewell, Director, QCAN on 07 3254 4922


  Victorian Working Group - Graham Pitts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Announcement

Arts leaders in Victoria call for 3 month moratorium on OzCo funding cuts

In a letter to David Gonski, Council Chairman, 57 arts practitioners in Victoria have challenged the Australia Council for the Arts to place a 3 month moratorium on it recnet decision to axe the funding boards of CCD and New Media.

The Victorian group proposes that the Australia Council halt the restructure and use the 3 month period to conduct consultation - missing from its recent organisational restructure - with New Media, CCD Practitioners and ARts Leaders in order to fully understand the potential impacts of the proposed changes for these vital sectors in The Australian cultural landscape.

The Victorin group includes CCD practitioners;

Sally Marsden (Jesuit Social Services)
Sue Clark (Torque Consultance)
Maud Clark (Somebody's Daughter Theatre Company)

Jerril Rechter ( Footscray Community Arts Centre)
Kevin Brennan ( Arts Industry Council of Vic.)
Kim Dunphy (Cultural Development Network of Victoria)

Graham Pitts, writer, internationally respected CCD practitioner and co convenor of the Victorian Group explained;

Graham Pitts, writer, internationally respected CCD practitioner and co-convenor of the Victorian group explained;

Australia leads in CCD practise. We strongly believe that the outcomes of this autocratic decision by the Australia Council will be disastrous for ordinary Australians access to the arts. Not only that, the decision-making process of the Australia Council, whose purpose is as an arts industry supporter, has completely lacked consultation with the arts communities affected by the outcome and is therefore innately flawed. Since the outrage caused by Councils initial announcement, Council has decided to conduct consultations in January and February but only in reference to the structure they have already decided to put in place. What we wish is not fiddling at the edges of decisions already made but a moratorium in which no restructure takes place and instead there is a wide-ranging examination of more effective measures in which consultations with communities and experts in the field is a key instrumental element.

The CCD and New Media Boards are the most innovative Boards yet the Australia Council is proposing that these practises be shunted under the other mainstream Boards of Dance, Theatre, Music, et cetera. CCD incorporates all art-forms. It is not about arts in the community but about arts with and by the community. Our purpose with CCD is not about presenting completed art forms to an audience and treating them as passive consumers of marketed high culture. Instead we are committed as professional artists to working with communities in the voicing of their own creativity, culture, concerns, realities and dreams. The criteria used to evaluate our work is more extensive, more stringent and different to that of other Boards.

The Australia Council wants us to believe that Australians will not be disadvantaged because the money for these two areas will be quarantined under the high art form boards. This displays a sad repeat of the mistakes of the seventies and eighties - where arts that touch ordinary peoples lives are wiped out in favour of top-down arts which are relevant only to the lives of a small percentage of the population, said Pitts.

For further information

Graham Pitts
Convenor, Victorian working group

0409 519 310


  WSROC Cultural Development and Equity

13 December 2004
Media Release
WESTERN SYDNEY INVITES AUSTRALIA COUNCIL TO 'WORK WITH US'

In the wake of its decision last week to axe the Community Cultural Development and New Media Boards, the Australia Council for the Arts must now demonstrate how it plans to continue supporting the practice of community cultural development in its new structure, according to WSROC Cultural Development and Equity Spokesperson, Clr Chris ...
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  SYDNEY CALLS FOR A MORATORIUM ON AUSTRALIA COUNCIL

22 December 2004
MEDIA RELEASE
SYDNEY CALLS FOR A MORATORIUM ON
AUSTRALIA COUNCIL RESTRUCTURE

Over 40 representatives of arts, community and local government organisations in Sydney held a meeting yesterday to discuss the Australia Council's recent restructuring announcement, involving the abolition of its Community Cultural Development and New Media Arts Boards, as well as the lack of clarity of how the proposed new structure would ensure that communities could still access support. The meeting resolved to seek a 12 month moratorium on implementation of the Australia Council's plan.

The meeting was convened by Community Cultural Development NSW(CCDNSW), Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), Casula Powerhouse and Liverpool Museum and the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), all of which have a focus on Western Sydney.

The Australia Council CEO, Jennifer Bott and the Executive Director of Arts Development, Ben Strout spoke at the meeting, setting out the new proposals and fielding questions. They explained that the restructuring was not a cost cutting exercise but rather an attempt to redirect resources to community partnerships.

'We thank Jennifer Bott for taking the time to come and set out the Council's proposals and we were glad to hear that the Council has now decided to embark on consultations through January and February' said Frank Panucci, Executive Officer of Community Cultural Development NSW (CCD NSW), the NSW peak body for community cultural development. 'We consider it is important to open up effective dialogue thus ensuring that any proposed changes are well planned and meet the Council's and our stated objectives of increasing resources for community cultural development,' said Mr Panucci.

He continued: 'In an effort to ensure effective input and consideration of all the options and opportunities, the people attending today's meeting have called for a 12 month moratorium on any restructuring. CCDNSW and others are prepared to work with the Australia Council to facilitate on-going consultations across NSW. A 12 month timeframe would also allow the Australia Council to prepare any new guidelines for its grants programs in 2006 rather than rushing through changes for all its areas of operations in 2005.'

'The practice of Community Cultural Development (CCD) works with communities through the arts and culture – often using multiple artforms. The result is not only creative and innovative art, but the development of capacity, participation, creativity, confidence and skills. Because it often focuses on disadvantaged communities, CCD also produces artists and cultural workers who would otherwise have little access to professional opportunities,' said Paula Abood a highly respected cultural worker.

She continued 'Community Cultural Development is a specialist practice that requires training, capacity to work collaboratively with communities and a willingness to relinquish ownership of the process and also the outcome of a project to the participants.'

Australia is recognised internationally as being at the cutting edge of CCD practice. 'Part of Australia's recognised international leadership in this field has developed because the CCD Board has championed pioneering research and ground-breaking projects. Australia may lose this edge because of this decision, which would be a tragedy – not only for communities but for Australia on the world's cultural stage,' said Tiffany Lee-Shoy from WSROC.

Ms Lee-Shoy also added that 'with almost half of the Australia Council's support for the arts and culture in Western Sydney coming through its Community Cultural Development Board, local councils feel that the proposed changes will impact unfairly on Western Sydney, and exacerbate the region's comparative disadvantage in relation to public support for the arts and cultural development'.

'Community cultural development is particularly important for Western Sydney. It provides opportunities for disadvantaged communities to be involved in the arts and culture,' said Caitlin Vaughan, Chair of the Management Committee of Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), a Western Sydney community arts organisation that specialises in CCD and information technology.

'Diverse communities in Western Sydney are showing a great interest in CCD projects utilising digital arts and multimedia, which can be used collaboratively to innovative and creative effect,' said Ms Vaughan. 'Western Sydney is where some of the most interesting innovations are occurring in Australian arts and culture. CCD is also bridging the ‘digital divide' and having a wider social and economic impact for the participants and their communities.'

Ms Vaughan continued, 'we are concerned that this will be lost if there aren't appropriate mechanisms put in place to ensure that these cultural innovations can continue.'

Recent Order of Australia winner and Director of the Casula Powerhouse and Liverpool Regional Museum Con Gouriotis, said 'Community cultural development is about exploring and presenting Australian stories and identities. It also about building a strong arts and cultural infrastructure which support communities to directly participate in the arts and develop new audiences'. According to Gouriotis, 'we have to ensure that this rich tradition is built upon through any changes to the Australia Council and we need to have the moratorium to allow us to ensure we get it right from the communities', artists' and Australia Council's perspectives.'

Media Enquiries: Frank Panucci
CEO CCDNSW
0417 483 825


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