Creative Communities

Regional Inclusion and the Arts

Edited by Janet McDonald and Robert Mason

Creative Communities

Edited by Janet McDonald and Robert Mason

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

220 pages | 20 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $43.00 ISBN: 9781783205127 Published January 2016 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
This is the first major collection to reimagine and analyze the role of the creative arts in building resilient and inclusive regional communities. Bringing together Australia’s leading theorists in the creative industries, as well as case studies from practitioners working in the creative and performing arts and new material from targeted research projects, the book reconceptualizes the very meaning of regionalism and the position—and potential—of creative spaces in nonmetropolitan centers.
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Janet McDonald and Robert Mason

Rethinking Regionalism

Chapter 1: Common Patterns: Narratives of ‘Mere Coincidence’ and the Production of Regions
Paul Carter

Chapter 2: Creative and Destructive Communities of Lake Condah/Tae Rak, Western Victoria
Louise Johnson

Chapter 3: Creative and Attenuated Sociality: Creative Communities in Suburban and Peri-Urban Australia
Mark Gibson

Chapter 4: Learning from Inland: Redefining Regional Creativity
Margaret Woodward and Craig Bremner

Returning Creativity

Chapter 5: Getting to Know the Story of the Boathouse Dances: Football, Freedom and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Tamara Whyte, Chris Matthews, Michael Balfour, Lyndon Murphy and Linda Hassall

Chapter 6: ‘The Artists Are Taking Over This Town’: Life Style Migration and Regional Creative Capital
Susan Luckman

Chapter 7: Art in Response to Crisis: Drought, Flood and the Regional Community
Andrew Mason

Chapter 8: ‘Now We Will Live Forever’: Creative Practice and Refugee Settlement in Reginal Australia
Wendy Richards

Restoring Community

Chapter 9: Making Stories Matter: Using Participatory New Media Storytelling and Evaluation to Serve Marginalized and Regional Community
Ariella Van Luyn and Helen Klaebe

Chapter 10: Vicarious Heritage: Performing Multicultural Heritage in Regional Australia
Robert Mason

Chapter 11: Practising for Life: Amateur Theatre, Regionalism and the Gold Coast
Patrick Mitchell

Chapter 12: Artist-Run Initiatives as Liminal Incubatory Arts Practice
Janet McDonald

Chapter 13: Same but Different: Growing New Audiences for the Performing Arts in Regional Australia
Rebecca Scollen
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