School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne
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Performing Creativity, Culture and Wellbeing
Hosted by the Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative (CAWRI) and the Creative Arts Music Therapy Research Unit (CAMTRU) of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne.
Facilitated by Professors Jane Davidson (Chair of CAWRI) and Felicity Baker (Associate Dean Research and Director of International Partnerships, CAMTRU), this event is underpinned by the growing need to value, understand, and develop evidence-informed arts routes to health and wellbeing for all. With a keynote contribution from Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health lead at the World Health Organisation, we shall tackle those persistent and difficult questions about how to develop, appraise/measure, and implement performing arts and cultural practice for health and wellbeing outcomes. Interest groups represented: Ageing Well; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities; Dementia and other Degenerative Diseases; Disability; Disaster Response and Recovery; First Nations; Mental Health; Performing artists; Social Justice; and Wellness Policy.
Academic speakers include Nisha Sajnani (New York University, USA), Joke Bradt (Drexel University, USA), Sabine Koch (SRH, University Heidelberg, Germany), Hod Orkibi (New York University, Steinhardt, USA), Rebecca Zarate (Lesley University, USA), Vicky Karkou (Edge Hill University, UK). From Australia: Michael Balfour (UNSW), Genevieve Dingle (University of Queensland), Brydie-Leigh Bartleet and Naomi Sunderland (Griffith University), Jeanine Leane, Tiriki Onus, Margaret Osborne, Emma Redding, Katrina Skewes McFerran, Grace Thompson, and Jenny Waycott (University of Melbourne), and William Forde Thompson (Bond/Macquarie). There will also be representatives from a range of stakeholder organisations, including Australia Council for the Arts, A New Approach, Creative Recovery Network and Vic Health, as well as institutions and individuals offering perspectives from lived experience, arts, culture, and care.
Thursday 16 February, 9AM - 7PM
Friday 17 February 9AM - 5PM
Registration opens from 8.45AM each day.
Keynote Speaker. Chris Bailey, Arts and Health Lead (World Health Organisation)
Plenary Discussions. Key ideas, next steps
Chaired Discussion Panels. Key academics and industry/community stakeholders will present prepared individual responses that address specific questions relating to how to develop, measure, and implement performing arts for health and wellbeing, followed by an open discussion.
- Ageing Well
- Artists’ Wellbeing
- Dementia and other Degenerative Diseases
- Disaster Response and Recovery
- First Nations
- Intercultural Arts Practices
- Mental Health
- Policy and implementation
- Social Justice
This webinar is the first in the Australian Centre’s 2023 Critical Public Conversations series: Country, Climate, Colonialism
The Launch of The Australian Centre’s 2023 Critical Public Conversation webinar series coincides with International Women’s Day. Three extraordinary women will join the Centre: Wurundjeri Elder and fellow of the Indigenous Knowledge Institute Professor Aunty Dianne Kerr; Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung and Ngurai Illum Wurrung dancer and educator Stacie Piper, and Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung songwriter/composer/academic Dr Lou Bennett AM.
Drawing on their lived experience as Traditional Owners, the panel will explore the importance of Country and what it means to them, particularly in this time of climate crisis.
Do not miss this special event, which will set the scene for the Australian Centre’s research theme for 2023: Country, Climate, Colonialism.
If you have any support requirements in order to participate fully, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that we can arrange any reasonable adjustments.
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