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APEN 2001 International Conference

Toowoomba, 4th-5th October 2001

Report No:


Title of Topic:

Community Arts and NRM Extension

Name of Leader:

Jude Westrup

Names of Participants:

Andy Grodecki, Viv McWaters, Greg Leach, Melva Hobson, Tony Koch, Horrie Poussard, Don …

Main points of discussion

Ideas and experiences of (community) arts being used effectively within NRM extension, including:

  • Playback theatre
  • Illustrated discussions, drawings etc by participants of content
  • Long sheets of paper depicting ‘catchments’; people add to depending on their relationship to/with the catchment, river etc
  • Games – eg connectivity
  • Streetscapes – eg coastal whale watching areas with tiled/mosaics in streets of local species etc
  • Role-plays – eg acting ‘the catchment’ with everyday objects and people moving around
  • Stand-up comedians
  • Brisbane City Council programs
  • Qld Community Arts Network
  • Films – eg historical footage, current issues, people,…
  • TV shows – script writers (Script Writer’s Guild), to include NRM content, issues into TV shows and series
  • TV register of ‘clippings’ – NRM content in current shows, series, eg “Australian stories”,
  • Local theatre group productions – eg write, include NRM content
  • Register of existing arts, community arts (+/- NRM content)
  • Rural communities + arts groups, eg “streetarts”, “hands on arts”,
  • Regions + arts activities, groups, festivals, etc
  • “Fringe conferences” – associated with ‘real’ conference – arts, community groups, may be cheaper, more accessible to a wider range of people than ‘real’ conference
  • Landscape (architecture, design etc) + interactive, simulated models of landscapes
  • Bring “leaf”, “landscape elements” etc from each group/team for a “tree” construction at workshop/conference
  • Photographic options – eg distribute disposable cameras for people to photograph “what you value” in nature/environment
  • An NRM arts network

Major outcomes (what have you achieved from this discussion; how can this make a difference; what else do you need to do?)

  • Proposal to set up NRM arts network
  • Artist-in-residence programs for NRM agencies/organizations etc
  • also and/or writer-, musician-, cartoonist-, playback/theatre-, songwriter-, singer-, scriptwriter-, etc
  • Stimulating discussions about arts and NRM extension
  • including:
    • NRM arts register (database)
    • NRM arts events/calendar

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