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Connection and Community

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Our Connecting Places Coordinator Rosie Dwyer reflects on Regional Arts Victoria’s recent round of community presenter workshops. At the start of September, I hit the road with Regional Arts Victoria, visiting five towns to talk to local community presenters about our new halls touring program, Connecting Places. The program...

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Photo Gallery | 2017 AGM and Members' Celebration

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This year’s Annual General Meeting and Members Celebration was replete with smiling faces and positive conversations about the future. Have a peek at some photos from the day!                       Thank you to everyone who came along to this year’s...

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What leadership means to me

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Today Regional Arts Victoria announces our next strategic plan, with a strong focus on the development of creative practice, and with that new plan, some exciting changes to our organisation. From today, Regional Arts Victoria has three key departments of Partnerships, Programming and Projects, headed by an Executive Director...

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Restless giant, vibrant country

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“The simple experience of stepping back and looking at the horizon is a familiar ritual to any artist living in regional Australia. It’s partly why we choose to live outside cities, to work in an environment that offers the possibility of deep reflection in real silence or distance.” (p.16)...

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Artlands Dubbo 2016

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The adventure of Artlands Dubbo 2016 commenced when five of us piled into two cars to make the trek to what we were hoping would be an inspiring conference and festival. The occupants of our car (two of us) decided that a country playlist would be suitable and the...

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Future directions for touring and Regional Arts Victoria

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We at Regional Arts Victoria have not been immune to the changes that have been taking place in the arts sector in recent years. A lack of indexation of operational funds has and will continue to impact us and can only result in a reduction of the organisation’s output...

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Rethinking Regional Arts Victoria

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Late last October, the Regional Arts Victoria leadership team spent a couple of days in Healesville as part of our annual critical reflection program. While our past sessions had focused largely internally, this time was different. We anticipated the seismic changes to the national arts ecology that were about...

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An Inspiring Process – Small Town Transformations

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Our mission here at Regional Arts Victoria is to inspire art across the state. Small Town Transformations, as one part of this mission, has already fulfilled this in a significant way – and the six selected towns are yet to embark on delivering their projects! The state was once...

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Creating the Australian Culture: Let’s Talk Arts

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If you’re after a crash course in Australian politics, run a regional arts forum in a marginal seat, and ask candidates to articulate how their platform creates the nation’s culture. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. The electoral divisions of McEwen and Corangamite are two of the most marginal in the...

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#AUSVOTESARTS

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Join the discussion on a national vision for arts and culture by using #ausvotesarts. Some recent advocacy by Director of Regional Arts Victoria, Esther Anatolitis: Facilitating Regional Arts Victoria arts advocacy forums in St Andrews (28 June) and Colac (29 June) featuring local artists, arts leaders and political candidates...

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Why do we take work out to schools? Reflecting on the arts as opportunity

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Throughout May and June, Regional Arts Victoria is raising funds to help disadvantaged regional school students experience high quality art. In this blog series, Regional Arts Victoria staff reflect on why a good arts education is so important for children and young people.     The phrase “The Arts”...

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Why do we take work out to schools? Reflecting on how art shapes us

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Throughout May and June, Regional Arts Victoria is raising funds to help disadvantaged regional school students experience high quality art. In this blog series, Regional Arts Victoria staff reflect on why a good arts education is so important for children and young people.     Growing up the child...

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Why do we take work out to schools? Reflecting on Balance by Dave Jones

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Throughout May and June, Regional Arts Victoria is raising funds to help disadvantaged regional school students experience high quality art. In this blog series, Regional Arts Victoria staff reflect on why a good arts education is so important for children and young people.     Every two years the...

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Why do we take work out to schools? Reflecting on Iago by Western Edge Youth Arts

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Throughout May and June, Regional Arts Victoria is raising funds to help disadvantaged regional school students experience high quality art. In this blog series, Regional Arts Victoria staff reflect on why a good arts education is so important for children and young people.   And I want to be...

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Why do we take work out to schools? Reflecting on light-bulb moments

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Throughout May and June, Regional Arts Victoria is raising funds to help disadvantaged regional school students experience high quality art. In this blog series, Regional Arts Victoria staff reflect on why a good arts education is so important for children.   The Education & Families program enables and supports...

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Quiet Fridays: One year on

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At the beginning of last year we implemented Quiet Fridays at Regional Arts Victoria. Quiet Fridays allow full-time staff to frontload their Monday-to-Thursday so as to devote Fridays to their creative practice, making for a quieter office space to end the week. It’s just one way that we strive...

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External Analysis: Technological

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In early 2016, arts organisations around Victoria will be working on their submissions to the 2016 Creative Victoria Organisation Investment Program. This is the final in a series of posts in which Regional Arts Victoria will be sharing some of the work we’ve done to prepare us for our...

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External Analysis: Social

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In early 2016, arts organisations around Victoria will be working on their submissions to the 2016 Creative Victoria Organisation Investment Program. This is the next in a series of posts in which Regional Arts Victoria will be sharing some of the work we’ve done to prepare us for our...

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External Analysis: Economic

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In early 2016, arts organisations around Victoria will be working on their submissions to the 2016 Creative Victoria Organisation Investment Program. This is the next in a series of posts in which Regional Arts Victoria will be sharing some of the work we’ve done to prepare us for our...

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External Analysis: Political

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In early 2016, arts organisations around Victoria will be working on their submissions to the 2016 Creative Victoria Organisation Investment Program. This is the next in a series of posts in which Regional Arts Victoria will be sharing some of the work we’ve done to prepare us for our...

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Constellation

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A new constellation emerges over an abandoned island in the Hudson River: 50 miles north of New York City, Melissa McGill’s public art project transforms a castle ruin. Constellation started as the vision of Beacon (NYC) artist Melissa McGill and grew into a public art installation that united a community...

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Strategic Planning: Values

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In early 2016, arts organisations around Victoria will be working on their submissions to the 2016 Creative Victoria Organisation Investment Program. In this blog series, Regional Arts Victoria will be sharing some of the work we’ve done to prepare us for our own submission, in the hope that it...

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Strategic Planning: Vision

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In early 2016, arts organisations around Victoria will be working on their submissions to the 2016 Creative Victoria Organisation Investment Program. In this blog series, Regional Arts Victoria will be sharing some of the work we’ve done to prepare us for our own submission, in the hope that it...

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Strategic Planning: Mission

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In early 2016, arts organisations around Victoria will be working on their submissions to the 2016 Creative Victoria Organisation Investment Program. This is the first in a series of posts in which Regional Arts Victoria will be sharing some of the work we’ve done to prepare us for our...

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Farewell 2015

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What a year it’s been at Regional Arts Victoria in 2015! Education & Families ran the Creative Leadership Program with a group of impressive regional young people who are sure to become future arts leaders. In May, we set up the yellow balloons and bunting once more for our...

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Critical reflection on practice: a set of provocations

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‘Expanding Artistic Horizons’ was the theme for Regional Arts Victoria’s Regional Cultural Forum in Port Fairy on 21 November, curated by Jo Grant. The day presented the kinds of perspectives that inspire critical reflection on your practice, your collaborations and your organisation – including practice development, physical and mental...

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Making Time: Arts & Self Care Forum

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Last month, staff from Regional Arts Victoria attended Making Time: Arts and Self-Care, a two day forum at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Coming out of discussions between various arts workers at the Regional Arts Australia conference in Kalgoorlie in 2014, including Regional Arts Victoria’s Liz Zito, the forum...

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Leadership as facilitation

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Across the coming few years, we’re up to big things at Regional Arts Victoria. We’ve recently launched the Small Town Transformations book as a crystallisation of a project so extraordinary that we are still in awe of its leaders in Avoca, Dookie, Natimuk, Neerim South and Ouyen. This year...

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Back to the Stats: VicArts Grants

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Late last year, we had a look at 2013 arts funding statistics released by Creative Victoria to see how regional organisations were faring. With the announcement in June of the latest recipients of VicArts Grants, now seemed a good as time as any to check in again on how regional...

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Mental Health First Aid Training

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Recently several members of the Regional Arts Victoria team attended Mental Health First Aid Training at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Our Finance Administration Officer Jenna Sten has created a special Members’ Resource for the Regional Arts Victoria Members Library on the topic Mentally Healthy Workplaces. Here’s an excerpt from Jenna:...

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