Connecting arts and local government to lead future creative regions

Document Type

Conference publication

Publication details

Derrett, R & Mitchell P 2005, 'Connecting arts and local government to lead future creative regions', Proceedings of 2nd National Conference on the Future of Australia's Country Towns, Bendigo, Vic., 11-13 July, Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities, Latrobe University, Melbourne, Vic.


A project to inspire creative regions provided local government personnel an opportunity to appreciate the challenges facing the arts in regional Queensland. Regional arts workers can and do make a palpable and essential contribution to the quality of life in their communities. A series of facilitated workshops utilising ‘conversations’ offered regional participants connected to the Queensland Arts Council (QAC) through local arts council groups and Arts Queensland (AQ) through membership of Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Committees with space for conversations. These three-day conversations provided a framework to explore shared visions and passions for arts practice, community well-being and community leadership.