A healthy democracy is animated by an informed community who are:
engaged in the issues affecting daily lives
create partnerships with people and organisations to address community issues.
In a healthy democracy, civic dialogue plays an essential role. Civic dialogue gives voice to multiple differing points of view. Civic dialogue enables people to develop more complex, humane, and realistic views of issues and each other.
Creativity and the arts can play a pivotal role in civic dialogue.
Creative Democracy - Homelessness is a pilot project and aligned with Council's vision of a creative and inclusive city.
The specific aims of Creative Democracy - Homelessness are to:
reduce the tolerance in the community, of the growing level of homelessness.
demonstrate how arts and culture can assist community engagement and creative solutions to difficult social issues
develop active citizenship and new connections, relationships that lead to new solutions
explore and evaluate the project, and provide recommendations for future development.
In delivering this project Australian Network for Arts + Health aimed to be:
inclusive and appropriate in its depiction of homeless people and the issues surrounding homelessness
respectful of individuals and their circumstance, in that photographs and oral stories will be gathered and utilised with informed consent
maximise engagement with the greater Brisbane community in order to achieve the stated aims.
The project creative team worked in consultation with 80 organisations involved in service provision to people dealing with homelessness; had contact with approximately 40 service consumers/project participants; a community and council reference group, and a public relations team as well as project partners and sponsors.
Photographic images and text from this project have been projected onto several outdoor locations: April 16 Qld Performing Arts Centre 6-10pm, April 16-24 Qld University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Terrace Scene, April 17 Brisbane city centre buildings facing King George Square, 6-10pm (Visible Ink Festival), April 21 Qld College of Art, Griffith University at (Goodwill Bridge end of) Southbank 6.30-9pm, May 13 –20 Qld University of Technology, Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove Campus, Parade Ground Green Screens and Terrace Screens.
At the Visible Ink Youth Festival, King George Square, Saturday April 17:10am-10pm ‘12 Hours in a Bed', King George Square, where local politicians, Brisbane identities and key welfare stakeholders will, each lie in bed for an hour and chat in support of homeless people;1-3pm - discussion panel on homelessness talk with media and community;12.45 winner of high schools poster competition announced and poster exhibition.
∆ April 15 –24 ‘Sweetness of Life' an installation about young people and homelessness at the Qld Performing Arts Centre Window ground level.
∆ April 15-24 Exhibition from high schools poster competition and postcards designed for the project by Qld College of Art Live Worm Studio in the Qld Performing Arts Centre foyer (ground level).
∆ April 21@ 6pm in tandem with the projection of images and text onto the Qld College of Art at Southbank, there will be a free BBQ with real steak, salad, quality bread and other fresh food for:
- homeless people who have been involved in the Creative Democracy - Homelessness project and those who access local food vans
- and Qld College of Art students.
Plus - …
∆ postcards designed for the project by Qld College of Art Live Worm Studio.
∆ a poster created from the winning entries of the high school poster competition.