Access All Areas: A Passport to Partnerships for Artists of all Abilities (2012)
As part of the NSW Arts and Disability Partnership 2012 – 2014, Regional Arts NSW presented a number of workshops across regional NSW during November 2012 to assist with building capacity and expertise in arts organisations and disability services to deliver high quality professional arts projects for people with a disability.
Access All Areas: A Passport to Partnerships for Artists of all Abilities
Film produced by Regional Arts NSW
The workshops were facilitated by Anne Dunn, a highly experienced mediator, facilitator and organisational developer in the corporate, government and community sectors. Her work includes future directions facilitation for arts; vocational education and local government sectors; leadership development for women and Indigenous communities; community consultation; and the empowerment of local communities.
With the assistance of the relevant Regional Arts Board, workshops were held in Bathurst, Dubbo, Singleton, Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Armidale, Merimbula, Griffith, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Queanbeyan and attracted 143 participants from 52 different communities. Overall, 56% of participants were representatives from disability service organisations and 44% from arts organisations.
Each workshop followed a similar format and included:
- Information on arts and disability funding sources;
- Screening of the DVD Access All Areas which was produced specifically for this project to highlight the process of achieving quality artistic outcomes for projects involving people with a range of abilities and disabilities and the challenges confronted along the way. The DVD features three successful arts and disability projects delivered in regional NSW and includes footage of the projects plus interviews with artists and arts workers involved;
- Group discussion of possible disability arts projects, potential partnerships to deliver the projects and appropriate funding streams. This resulted in a number of applications for Arts NSW’s Arts and Disability Partnership funding program in December 2012;
- Skills development in grant writing and tips in writing successful funding applications – RANSW Grant Writing Guide.
The workshops were well received by all participants and the Access All Areas project had many positive outcomes:
- New professional relationships and potential local partnership projects developed, some of which resulted in grant applications to Arts NSW’s Arts and Disability funding program;
- Greater awareness of the potential for arts and disability projects not only in contributing to the quality of life of people of all abilities but also delivering high quality art and reinforcing the concept of people with disabilities as artists in their own right;
- Increased knowledge of arts and disability funding programs and skills development in writing grant applications.
However there was overwhelming consensus that this is just the beginning and that the value of this project will be lost if ongoing support and resources are not available. In an ideal world, this would include: ongoing networking opportunities between the disability and the arts sectors; more funding in the disability sector for arts projects; more funding in the arts sector for disability projects; professional development for artists working in the disability sector and a cultural shift across the board that recognises arts projects as worthy of investment.
Click through to read about projects in the regions that were inspired by the Acess All Areas workshops.
- NSW Government through Arts NSW and Ageing, Disability and Home Care – funding
- Regional Arts Development Organisation – organisation of workshops
- Anne Dunn – facilitator
- Helen Newman, Nomad Films – DVD
- Karen Gardner, Murray Arts – case study for DVD
- Randolph Reimann, Tra La La Blip – footage for DVD
- Graham Sattler, Orange Conservatorium of Music – footage for DVD