The ABC of CACD (2018) - Information & Cultural Exchange

The ABC of CACD (2018)

We’ve partnered with Diversity Arts Australia to offer a series of workshops on Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) throughout June 2018.

The ABC of CACD seminars explore the principles and practices of CACD and socially engaged arts, and provide a space for discussion and reflection.

These seminars will:
– Explore the different approaches to socially engaged art and practice and CACD practice
– Provide practical insights from artists and CACD workers
– Generate discussion and reflection about leading practices
– Support knowledge sharing and networking amongst artists, cultural workers and emerging practitioners
– Be a resource for the arts and creative sector in Parramatta and Western Sydney
– Be set in a supportive learning environment, enabling a robust discussion between participants

Session 1 | Introduction to CACD

Thursday 7 June | 3pm – 6pm
Information and Cultural Exchange
What is CACD practice? What is socially engaged art? What are the ethical imperatives of engaging communities in arts and cultural work?
A dynamic three-hour workshop with leading CACD practitioner and recipient of the Australia Council Ros Bower Award, Dr Paula Abood in conversation with Jeremy Smith, Arts Practice Director — Community, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Australia Council for the Arts and artists (TBC). Assisted by Lena Nahlous, Executive Director, Diversity Arts Australia.

Session 2 | CACD in the visual arts: Expression vs Imposition

Thursday 14 June | 3pm – 6pm
Parramatta Artist Studios
Are you interested in developing visual art–based CACD programs with people in community? Have you thought about issues of power and privilege in your program design?
With a welcome by Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Coordinator of Parramatta Artist Studios (PAS), this facilitated discussion between Dr Paula Abood, Artists and CACD Worker Marian Abboud, Eddie Abd and PAS artists will explore the idea of expression vs imposition. Includes a tour of PAS.

Session 3 | CACD in Screen and Film

Thursday 21 June | 3pm – 6pm
Information and Cultural Exchange
How can you work in the screen sector using a CACD framework? What are leading practices to engage communities in filmmaking and screen storytelling?
Facilitated by Dr Paula Abood, this session will feature a conversation with experienced CACD workers and digital screens producers Barry Gamba and Maria Tran.


This project is being delivered by Diversity Arts Australia with support from the City of Parramatta and Parramatta Artist Studios.

I.C.E receives core support from Australia Council for the Arts and the NSW Government through Create NSW