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AiR Interview Qs

These are the proposed questions mentioned at our last meeting (in no particular order).
Please feel free to add your own questions, or comment on these.

We'd be asking certain questions depending on who we're talking to.

Questions for interviews:
  • What art(s) does your family do?
  • How do you want to express social/political issues you might face like discrimination, racism, lack of work opportunities, etc.
  • What do you think your family/community/culture thinks of the arts?
  • How can we express issues through the arts?
  • Why use art to express them?
  • Why is art important to society?
  • Why is it important to engage communities in the arts?
  • Why aren’t people interested in the arts?
  • Do you like being part of the arts? Why?
  • What can the arts do that other outlets can’t?
  • What do you think of when I say ‘ART’?
  • What is art to you?
  • Can art help you reach other goals?
  • How can art change things?

AiR meeting notes 27th Oct

Meeting # 8: 27th October 2011

At this meeting we had Abdi Aden, a youth worker from City of Whittlesea, join us in sharing his thoughts on the project.
Abdi was involved in creating art programs for young people, specifically from migrant background, and interacting with families.
Here are some points he mentioned from his experience:
Problems faced with getting young people/kids involved in the arts:
  • Access: Gaining access to kids and their families can be challenging for program organizers.
  • Parent consent: Getting parental consent could be the hardest step for the reasons mentioned below.
  • Spare time: families hold studies and work as priority worrying that arts programs will take their kids’ time and focus.
  • Misconception: Arts are meant for certain groups, for eg. ‘photography is for gay people’.
  • Trust: parents not familiar with the program environment and its organizers might be reluctant to send their kids to the program. Especially if there is no mode of communication between parent and child (for eg if the child has no phone).
  • Lack of organization (on program’s behalf): Sometimes the organization hosting the arts program might be disorganized in its conduct and communication with participants and families, which can discourage parents.
  • Future: Parents might see no future employment opportunities for their kids in the arts and might not have an understanding of what skills can be developed through an arts project.
  • Space: participants need to have alternative spaces away from home to build relationships with other participants. Abdi mentioned that they once organized an Art Camp where participants spent a few days building relationships and experiencing arts. However, funding such venues and camps might be difficult.
Note from Reeham: In my previous experience in organizing community camps for young Muslims, arts workshops were amongst the most successful activities. Perhaps we can get a community camp organizer or participant involved to talk about this?
Abdi mentioned some tips he uses with parents/families about art programs:
  • Make sure the program coordinator builds rapport with families/parents/youth etc. Families need to TRUST the idea first.
  • Familiarize the community with the arts.
  • Be clear about what the result of the art program.
  • What are the benefits gained after the engagement in the arts program?
  • Address how skills developed in an arts program can benefit employment in other fields.
Here are some ideas mentioned in terms of where and how the video we’re proposing can be utilized:
  • Leadership programs: discussing with participants how art can be important to your respective communities.
  • Community festivals: speaking at an event where the audience involves families and youth. This provides opportunities for questions to be asked by families/young people about the initiative.
  • Competitions: for young people linking the video to an outcome and a prize.
  • Employment programs: Linking up young people interested in the arts to professionals in the field.
  • Youth camps: activities related to the arts, community engagement, etc.
  • Youth groups: afternoon group activities at community/youth centres can involve this in their programming to discuss the arts with the young people/families.
  • Youth worker training: on the validity and importance of arts programming.
  • Drop-ins: Speaking at community centres, organizations, institutes, youth groups etc.
  • Schools: speaking at schools, especially to grade 6 students/teachers.
  • Next step: Video credits can indicate where young people interested in pursuing arts projects/programs can go to; for eg. ‘Go to [organization name]’, ‘Check out [website]’ etc.
Abdi also mentioned how personnel are employed/hired by government organizations to drop in and discuss such programs. However, their lack of success is due to the fact they do not necessarily understand how to relate the information they have to different cultures and in different languages. More training is required in these aspects.
This is also where it is crucial to get community workers and youth workers involved as they are at the front line in communicating with the communities they work with and as such can gain access to youth members and their families.

AiR Meeting Notes #7: 13 Oct

AiR Meeting Notes #7: 13 Oct

After a series of workshops raising a number of topics/issues, and the mediums best suited to address these topics, the team members attending the meeting decided that a proposal to a full length video addressing these issues would be the most effective medium of choice.

The short video would be:
  • No longer than 10 minutes long. Longer video to come with future proposal for funding
  • Consistent with the theme (supporting the arts by family, community and young people).
  • Addressing how art can be an entry point to addressing many of the current social issues we face, such as identity, discrimination, isolation etc.
  • Inclusive of various scenes of Melbourne, reflecting the wide spectrum of communities and individuals we would like involved in the project or viewing the project.
  • Based on a number of consultations with young people, parents, youth workers, artists, CCD workers, writers, filmmakers, community workers, youth/art organizations, etc.
  • A series of interviews and digital shots.
  • Viewed by community members, families, young people, funding bodies, organizations (arts/youth/etc), school groups, arts workers, youth workers.
  • Uploaded online (for example Vimeo, You Tube etc) and promoted on print material such as cards or fliers with the link url.

    Here are the aspects that we have discussed so far:

    {QUESTIONS} addressed:
    We still need to figure out the exact questions that will be addressed in this video, as well as asked for the interviews. However, the main question that forms the underlying theme of the video is:

    WHY ART?
  • We’d like to address the importance of arts in addressing social issues relevant to young people, families, communities and wider Australia, if not the world. Such as identity, social justice, conscious living, etc.
  • We’d like to address the process gained by an individual/group/community during a creative process. Such as creative thinking, critical thinking, self-confidence, dedication, skills development, social circle expansion, new perspective, collective vision, ownership, etc.
  • Why do we believe Art is the best way (or one of the best ways) to go about doing the above?
  • Why should family/community be involved in this process or support it?

    List 5 questions you think are important to have addressed/asked in this video and video proposal.

    {EVENTS} to check out:
    There are numerous events, workshops, festivals, openings, launches, panel discussions, artist talks and others that could be really contributive to this project and possibly even address the same issues we are after.

    These events can be filmed or photographed for usage in the video, or even have event organizers and attendees interviewed.

    Some suggestions so far include:

    28 October – 30 October 2011 Natimuk Frinj Festival (Nati Frinj)

    28 - 31 October 2011 Mildura Jazz Food and Wine Festival

    28 - 31 October 2011 Wangaratta Jazz Festival

    13 - 14 November 2011 Tarerer Festival

    15 - 27 November 2011 Big West Festival

    25 - 27 November 2011 Queenscliff Music Festival

    18 November 2011 Home Lands v2
    The Home Lands v2 team invites you to feast with us on the banks of the Yarra, to meet our media arts team of young Hazara from refugee backgrounds, to view their visual art and listen to their music and poetry. We welcome you to a new creative collaboration taking place in the City of Melbourne.

    3 November 2011 KRONOLOGIES
    With 'Kronologies' Nadia Faragaab reignites the debate and discussion surrounding the profound absence of Somali representation within the expanse of Australian culture.

    Emmanuel Jal
    Cinescapes Launch
    Occupy Melbourne
    RISE Festival
    Moon Lantern Festival
    Community events (for example Benevolence Monthly Community Dinners)

    Please send in information to any event that you think could be relevant to this project, with a few lines stating why you think so. Once we compile a list, we can create a shortlist.

    {INDIVIDUALS} to interview/involve:
    We’d like to talk with individuals, and get their input and opinions on the subject matter. We’re after individuals from differing backgrounds whether it be religious, cultural, professional, age, gender etc. We each have an amazing network of people who could have a say in this. This would also help keep it relatable to everyone who watches it, rather than coming off as an academic piece for example.

    Here’s a quick list I put as an example:
  • Afghan,
  • Malaysian,
  • Somali,
  • Oromo,
  • Turkish,
  • Lebanese,

    Individuals at community events.

    Youth workers:
  • Shane Cooke (DRUM Youth),
  • Abdi Aden (City of Whittlesea) ,
  • Zakiya Asvat (Islamic Women’s Welfare Council).

    Indigineous community:
  • Eugenia Flynn (Performance Company manager),
  • Amie Batalibasi (filmmaker)
  • Leo Tanoi (Curator)

    Arts Organizations/Groups:
  • Artful Dodgers (creative spaces for young people whose lives may have been affected by difficult circumstances).
  • Western Edge Youth Arts (works with culturally and linguistically diverse and economically disadvantaged communities to create unique arts and arts education experiences for young people)
  • Footscray Community Arts Centre (widely acknowledged as Australia’s leading centre for contemporary arts and community engagement)
  • Casula Powerhouse (Multi disciplinary arts centre)
  • Crooked Rib Art (group of 10 Muslim women artists)
  • Yellow Kitties (social and support group for asian lesbian, bisexual, transgendered women).
  • Students from NGV school programs,
  • Platform,
  • Signal.

    Young people involved in the arts:
  • Participants in Home Lands, and other City of Melbourne projects.
  • Participants in Route 96, Snapshots, other CMY projects.
  • Crooked Rib workshop participants.

  • ArtPlay,
  • Parents of young people in Arts programs.

    People in the media:
  • Waleed Aly (the Age),
  • Susan Carland (Salam Café),
  • Tasneem Chopra,
  • Aamer Rahman (Fear of A Brown Planet),
  • Nazeem Hussein (Fear of a Brown Planet),
  • Daz Chandler (media personnel)
  • Tom Cho (writer)

    Artists/Arts personnel:
  • Khaled Sabsabi (Artist and Curator)
  • Mustafa Davis (filmmaker & photographer)
  • Amanda King (artsworker)
  • Alex Baker (NGV)
  • Alia Ghabres (Spoken Word)
  • Jehad Dabab (Rapper)
  • Nadia Faragaab (Kronologies)
  • Eelin Cheah (ArtPlay)
  • Dave Nyugen (WEYA)

    People in Council:

    Program organizers:
  • Lenine Bourke (Contact Inc),
  • Alissar Chidiac (Casula Powerhouse),
  • Deborah Ratliff (NGV education program)
  • Jennifer Barry (FCAC)

    Please send in recommendations for individuals or groups you think would be relevant to this project. It would be great if you can also add a sentence about them to give us a better sense of who they are. Once we compile a list we can create a shortlist of who to approach.

    {SCENE} choices:
    Let’s have some fun!
    We’d also like to film details of their surroundings, such as someone’s home, or during a workshop, or event. That way the feel of the video would differ in terms of its environments and settings.

    A number of scene options were mentioned, such as:
  • Filming at a festival,
  • Someone’s home
  • A family dinner,
  • Someone drinking coffee,
  • Fei playing her violin!
  • Walking in the inner/outer city areas,
  • Someone working in a studio, etc.

    Please send in recommendations to places you think we should point the camera! It can be anything from close up shots to pan shots of whatever environment you think would be fun to show!

    ARTIST FLOOR TALK ON SUNDAY 13th NOVEMBER - 2pm @ Black Dot Gallery - 413 Lygon Street, East Brunswick
    All are welcome to attend. This is a FREE event.

    With 'Kronologies' Nadia Faragaab reignites the debate and discussion surrounding the profound absence of Somali representation within the expanse of Australian culture.

    In the wider arts community there exists a void, within which, exists a lack of support and encouragement for Somali artists and consequently, an absence of Somali imagery and symbolism in the arts and everyday life. Nadia's work also casts a light on the negative imagery of her community (both here and abroad) found in the broadcast, print and digital realms.

    It may be argued that a lack of appreciation for the Arts (most notably the visual arts) is evident in the Somali community. This may be due to the Somali community facing the pressures of crisis of people and land, the preoccupation with “preservation” of culture which constricts and binds expression of such, rather than allowing for evolution and growth.
    Amazing piece.
    Sam Cook writes on the problem of lateral violence in the Indigenous arts sector.

    6 - 22 October 2011

    Melbourne International Arts Festival

    Melbourne's major arts festival celebrates international performing and visual arts. Melbourne's cultural venues teem with dance, theatre, music, exhibitions, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and international companies and artists.
    13 - 16 October 2011

    The Peninsula Festival of Arts and Ideas

    Celebrates the creative works of local and Victorian artists, authors & musicians. This Festival offers a forum to bring together creative talent on the Peninsula and the opportunity for this creativity to be shared with local residents.
    14 - 16 October 2011

    Port Fairy Spring Music Festival

    Port Fairy is once again transformed by music - in this spring festival of classical and contemporary ensemble music. The festival brings together established and emerging musicians, singers and composers.
    19 - 23 October 2011


    Australia's only regional disability arts festival encompassing all levels of performance experience, it showcases the work of artists with disabilities. The program includes music, performance, visual arts, community events, film and workshops. It is based in Horsham.
    28 October – 30 October 2011

    Natimuk Frinj Festival (Nati Frinj)

    This festival, in the small rural town of Natimuk in western Victoria, encourages local artists to develop their arts practice, as well as engaging and involving community groups not traditionally involved in the arts. The Frinj presents exhibitions, music, performances and workshops.
    28 - 31 October 2011

    Mildura Jazz Food and Wine Festival

    The Mildura Jazz, Food and Wine Festival takes place as an annual Spring-time event, presenting four days of round the clock jazz entertainment in popular clubs, bars and cafes, restaurants, churches, as well as street side and riverside venues. The Festival combines Traditional Jazz and Swing with more contemporary and quirky sounds, not to mention those that just enjoy sitting back to the music, soaking in the ambiance of one of Mildura's paddle steamers, riverside wineries and parks, taking in the gourmet food and locally produced wine.

    28 - 31 October 2011

    Wangaratta Jazz Festival

    A festival of jazz and blues held in Wangaratta, in Victoria's north east, with a focus on modern and contemporary jazz. The festival also hosts the National Jazz Awards, youth jazz workshops, master classes and events throughout the surrounding wine region.

    13 - 14 November 2011

    Tarerer Festival

    On Victoria’s south-west coast amongst the sand dunes of Killarney, this multicultural celebration focuses on restorative arts practice in the spirit of the 'meeting of the clans' from which 'Tarerer' takes its name. The festival showcases Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists presenting music, art, dance and culture.
    15 - 27 November 2011

    Big West Festival

    Big West is the leading community-based, contemporary arts and cultural festival in the western region of Melbourne. A biennial event, Big West runs for thirteen days in November, and stages high quality, cutting edge and unique artistic works in the venues, cultural sites, suburban streets and industrial sprawl of Melbourne's west.

    25 - 27 November 2011

    Queenscliff Music Festival

    A program of blues, soul, country, folk, rock and a diverse range of genre-defying music is presented in eclectic spaces in the historic seaside location of Queenscliff. The festival showcases the depth and diversity of contemporary Australian musical talent.


    Cinescapes Launch

    Signal Melbourne's Cinescape Project is launching next Tuesday, 25 October at 7pm at Riverland Bar along Federation Wharf as part of Architecture Week. Incidentally, I'm one of the participants whose video they're going to show. The films will be playing continuously through the entire MAA week.



    Melbourne Festival art events

    Sat 15 Oct at 1pm @ Festival Lounge, the Arts Centre, Café Vic, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
    Outside the norm: creating unique theatrical experiences with community
    Featuring writer/director Ali Zaidi (Journey's of Love and More Love) and Bruce Gladwin, Artistic Director of Back to Back Theatre (Ganesh Versus the Third Reich)

    Thu 20 Oct at 1pm @ Festival Lounge, the Arts Centre, Café Vic, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
    In conversation with Thomas Ostermeier, Artistic Director of Schaubühne Berlin
    One of the most important voices in contemporary theatre, Thomas Ostermeier (director of
    Hedda Gabler)

    Fri 21 Oct at 1pm @ Festival Lounge, the Arts Centre, Café Vic, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
    Music is my megaphone: protest and music
    Featuring Emmanuel Jal and Shane Howard from notes from the hard road and beyond

    Mon 17 Oct at 6pm @ the Arts Centre, ANZ Pavilion, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
    The CNN Freedom Project
    Ending Modern-Day Slavery

    The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery Live panel discussion sees CNN anchor and correspondent, Anna Coren, and prominent figures from the fields of politics, business and the law, tackle issues of human trade and exploitation head on. The discussion will be followed by a screening of Nepal’s Stolen Children: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary. The high profile panel discussion will illuminate the realities of human trafficking and question whether governments, businesses and individuals are doing enough. CNN anchor and correspondent Anna Coren moderates a prominent mix of guest panelists, including: The Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for Home Affairs and Justice; Director of Anti-Slavery Australia at the University of Technology, Sydney, Associate Professor Jennifer Burn; fair trade innovator and founder of Etiko Pty Ltd, Nick Savaidis and barrister member of the Commonwealth Attorney General’s NGOs Human Rights Forum and People Trafficking working group, Fiona McLeod SC.

    Other free Melbourne Festival events


    Ira Glass on storytelling

    A friend of mine forwarded this to me. I think it's a cool little animation and definitely a good little pick-me-up for days when our creative juices aren't flowing. Not that we have to do something like this for our video, but I have a love of text, so just wanted to share.

    thoughts from last workshop

    Outcome: Short video versus series of video blogs (vlogging)

    Short video
  • Format: professionally done using what funds available for CMY project
  • Content: focused on one topic, ie need for more awareness in community about benefits of arts
  • Participants: To be chosen, look to local networks for good examples, ie interview community organizer who sees family resistance to getting youth involved in art
  • Distributed to community organizations, maybe in a film screening in conjunction with community events
  • Shown to funding bodies to demonstrate need for more funds to hire staff to do art outreach in different cultural communities/schools, as well as to do a longer video series on various art topics (benefits of art, artists in other roles, various artist mentors/leaders, art as way to address racism/other issues)
  • Anticipate writing a grant proposal that goes along with video

    Vlogging series
  • Format: Do-it-yourself video blogging using what equipment available to participants
  • Content: General themes outlining the blogs, but each "episode" left open to participants
  • Aim to generate following for project and to reach out in more enthusaistic and casual manner
  • Timeline of project continual? TBD
  • Challenge the viewer to respond to video content by making a video themselves --> interactive
  • Advantages: Easy way for content to go viral, especially with social networking

    Other thoughts:
  • Accessibility of vlogging? Not all youth/families will have access to computers/web cams to do vlogging
  • Structural logistics of vlogging? Who will maintain the vlogging website? Where will the vlogs be hosted? How will traffic be monitored and will there be a way to upload response vlogs in a place where others can see it all at one time?
  • Theme: How structured will the episodes be? How likely is it that project participants will continue doing vlogs about the same topic(s)?
  • Who are the participants for each video? Are we limiting it to only the current AiR members? If not, how do we advertise for project participants?
  • Can the short professional video also be uploaded online?