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Access All Areas: A Passport to Partnerships for Artists of all Abilities

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

Workshop Facilitator

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.

 

Participation

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.

 

Workshops

Each workshop followed a similar format and included:

 

Outcomes

The workshops were well received by all participants and the Access All Areas project had many positive outcomes:

 

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.

 

 Projects

Click through to read about projects in the regions that were inspired by the Acess All Areas workshops.

Sweet Dreams, Arts Outwest (2013)

8 A r t i s t s, East Riverina Arts (2013)

 

Acknowledgements

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