Volume 1 Issue 2


e-JOURNAL: Volume 1 | Issue 2 | October 2008

'International perspectives on the development of research-guided practice in community-based arts in health'

UNESCO Observatory, The University of Melbourne's Early Learning Centre
Refereed E-Journal, Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts. ISSN 1835 - 2776

Guest Editors
John Smithies, Director and Kim Dunphy, Manager
Cultural Development Network

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Vol 1, Issue 2: 'Creative Local Communities: Cultural Vitality and Human Rights'

This issue of the UNESCO Observatory refereed journal presents peer reviewed papers in the areas of cultural policy, cultural development, community-based arts, government and civil society, cultural diversity and cultural rights.
Authors come from Australia, Poland, Spain, Canada, the United States and India and examine the way policy and practice impacts on the cultural vitality of their regional and local communities.
Authors were asked to consider notions pertaining to:

  • pro-active planning for creative communities
  • the relationship between creativity and cultural expression on health and well being, and the ability of local communities to keep pace with change
  • the significance of freedom of expression and cultural rights, as an aspect of a broader human rights agenda
  • the impact of cultural vitality frameworks as necessary ingredients for the sustainability of local communities alongside economic, social and environmental concerns

The guest editors for Volume 1, Issue 2: 'Creative Local Communities: Cultural Vitality and Human Rights' are John Smithies, Director, and Kim Dunphy, Manager, of the Cultural Development Network, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


This issue takes its title and motivation from the declaration of the 2007 World Congress of United Cities and Local Governments in Jeju, Korea, that placed culture as a priority for cities, councils, local government associations and communities.

Declaration II. 'Act to promote all human rights and respect diversity in our cities and territories as a foundation for peace and development'. In this declaration, the Congress recognised ‘that cultural policies form part of the different dimensions of good local governance in the same way as economic and social development or environmental protection'. United Cities and Local Governments represents more than 1,000 cities from more than 125 countries worldwide – and the organisation’s membership is growing. Through its Agenda 21 for Culture, UCLG has established the first document with a worldwide mission that advocates an undertaking by cities and local governments for local cultural development. This leadership by a growing number of the world’s cities provides an important balance between national agendas and the voice of local governments and communities.

United Cities and Local Governments information can be found at:

Papers from Volume 1 Issue 2

Editorial: The impact of policy and practice on the cultural vitality of local communities
Kim Dunphy and John Smithies, Cultural Development Network, Victoria, Australia
Cultural policies, human development and development innovation: or why we need an Agenda 21 for culture
Jordi Pascual, Coordinator, United Cities And Local Governments’ Committee On Culture, Barcelona, Spain
Arts, culture and local government Dr Kevin Johnson, Geografia and Professor Kevin O’Connor, University Of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia Cultural citizenship and community indicator projects:approaches and challenges in the local / municipal context
Nancy Duxbury, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Alive: culture, sustainability and intergenerational democracy
Kirsten Davies, Sydney, Australia
Graffitti Vandalism?
Jeff Stewart, Daylesford, Victoria, Australia
Just imagine: placing culture and imaginative education at the heart of modern society
Max Wyman OC, Canada
The role of aesthetic and legal communities in the struggle for sexual human rights in Poland
Lisiunia A. Romanienko, Wroclaw University, Wrocław, Poland
How not to commodify the arts: exemplary entreprenuerial practice from India
Anmol Vellani, India Foundation For The Arts, Bangalore, India
“Making the 'arts' and 'net' work" to help achieve MDGS: an art4development.net story
Nil Şişmanyazici-Navaie and Emine Etili-Serter, Arts For Global Development, Inc., Maryland, USA
Celebrating communities: community festivals, participation and belonging
Isabel Jackson, University Of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria
Creative Communities, Cultural Vitality And Human Rights: A Paradigm Shift For Community Cultural Development
Raelene Marshall, Director, Culture In Action, Melbourne, Australia
Creativity – the great equaliser
Maud Clark, AM, Artistic Director; Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company, Victoria, Australia
A narrative and arts-based inquiry exploring the impact that recognising individual identity has on the sense of community in a residential aged care facility
Catherine Dinkelmann, Melbourne, Australia