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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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Celebrating our fourth Regional Victoria Living Expo

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So, there went our fourth Regional Victoria Living Expo! Working with Regional Development Victoria, Creative Victoria and Multicultural Arts Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria delivered another broad ranging, diverse cultural program. The brief each year is to illustrate the strength of artistic practice and depth of community participation from all...

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The Regional Arts Victoria Membership survey: What you told us

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Regional Arts Victoria’s Members are the engine room of arts and cultural activity across our state. Their reach is far and wide, with some 500,000 people enjoying Regional Arts Victoria Members’ projects and events every year. In early 2015 we distributed an online survey to our Individual and Affiliate...

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Reflections on Yellow: Internship Wrap Up

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Yellow is an integral part of the Regional Arts Victoria brand. There are yellow desks, yellow filing cabinets, yellow bar stools, yellow light fittings, and even yellow fridge magnets.

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New data on attendance at cultural venues or events

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics today released some tasty new data on the attendance of Australians at cultural venues or events. Digesting the data reveals that over 15 million people attended at least one of the listed cultural venues or events in 2013-14. This works out to be roughly 86%...

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How to apply for a job in the arts

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Applying for a job can be a daunting experience at any career stage. A group of us got together and gathered up some tips from all of our experiences of applying for jobs – successfully, or unsuccessfully! – as well as our experiences of being at the other end...

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Australia Day Awards

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Creative collaborations have featured in this year’s Australia Day awards, recognising local leadership and vision that leaves a lasting legacy. Regional Arts Victoria congratulates the Small Town Transformations project teams from Dookie and Ouyen for their awards. The Dookie Earthed Small Town Transformations project received two Australia Day awards...

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Disputes and mistakes: Understanding Contracts Part 3

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Contracts can be scary. When confronted with one, it might be easier to close your eyes and hope for the best, but most lawyers will advise you against this approach. It’s important to spend some time trying to understand any contract thrust in front of you as an artist...

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Getting creative: Understanding Contracts Part 2

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Contracts can be scary. When confronted with one, it might be easier to close your eyes and hope for the best, but most lawyers will advise you against this approach. It’s important to spend some time trying to understand any contract thrust in front of you as an artist...

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Quiet Fridays

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How do you balance your professional practice with your creative practice? Whether you identify as an artist or not, the development of your creative work is essential to your self-understanding, to the ways you express yourself, to your health and wellbeing, and indeed, to your identity. Devoting time to...

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Summer reading

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Our first Staff Salon for the year shared what we’d read over the summer. Some of us travelled near, others far, some travelled at home and others in books: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows The Rosie Effect by Graeme...

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Keep it simple: Understanding Contracts Part 1

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Contracts can be scary. When confronted with one, it might be easier to close your eyes and hope for the best, but most lawyers will advise you against this approach. It’s important to spend some time trying to understand any contract thrust in front of you as an artist...

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Mining the stats

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If you’ve ever wondered what dark hole/dusty shelf/deep abyss all the data from those funding acquittals you’ve been slaving over was disappearing into, this post is for you. The good folk at Arts Victoria recently released some data collected from funded organisations in 2013. Arts Victoria is the Victorian...

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Mental health at work

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Every fortnight at the Regional Arts Victoria office we host what we call a Staff Salon. In short, these are facilitated discussions led by staff or a special guest about a topic of their choosing, with the aim of sharing knowledge, resources, and experiences for the benefit of others....

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Sharing Victorian stories: Home is where the hall is

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I’ve been driving around country Victoria a lot of late. Many trips to visit staff, to be thrilled by Small Town Transformations and to talk about the serious matter of disaster recovery. I don’t so much love the driving but as a country girl, I do enjoy getting out...

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Advocacy Breakfast Skillshare #raasummit

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Unsure how to respond when the arts nay-sayers nay-say? Keen to embark on some arts advocacy? At the recent Regional Arts Australia biennial summit, Arts & Edges, Regional Arts Victoria presented a Breakfast Skillshare on arts advocacy. Regional artists and artsworkers from across the state and across the country...

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Celebrating five Small Town Transformations

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“This project is all about the creative power of art to make place. It invites you to be ambitious in imagining what transformation might mean for your town – now, and into the future.” This was the challenge we posed in late 2012, inviting small towns from all across Victoria to...

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Seven years and still thirsty!

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For my manager’s report this quarter, which is distributed across the industry, I thought I’d offer up a few personal reflections on a series of strategic changes I’ve been part of. This August I celebrated my seven-year anniversary working here in Regional Arts Victoria’s touring department. Seven years! Some...

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REVIEW Astrojet: My Personal Excursion to the Space Centre

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  I really enjoyed excursions in primary school. Even when I had no idea where we were going, or why, I just wanted to break up the humdrum of the school-week. I trusted entirely when I boarded transport toward far away locations, listened eagerly to the crackly speakers of...

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Finding the arts in the Federal Budget

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The winners! The losers! The cheering! The booing! The analysis! Is there a more exciting event in our domestic political calendar than budget night?* Once you’ve stripped back all the glitz and glamour, though, it can be tricky to navigate your way beyond the headlines and determine how exactly...

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Reflections on 2013

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Across 2013, everyone at Regional Arts Victoria was focused on the question: How best can we inspire art across the state? We covered 256,380 road kilometres to share in your creative perspective, engaging with 190,515 more of you online, and supporting 4,618 artists through our work. Through such consultation,...

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A Festivals Network for Victoria

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How many arts festivals are there in Victoria? When are they on? What kinds of work do they present? How can artists have their work considered? What’s their production and publicity cycle? When do they employ people? Who are their audiences? And if all those festivals could come together...

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