Festivals: Agents of Change? Dynamics and Humanism Within Disability and Arts Collaborations

Ms Jayne Leslie Boase
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Over the past decade Australia has seen the rise of disability arts festivals including High Beam, Awakenings, and Perth's Annual Arts and Disability Festival. Models for these Festivals were largely drawn from pre-existent international arts festivals in an attempt to gain presence, awareness and arts credibility. Financial, ideological and artistic fault lines have emerged that question the suitability of the international arts festival model to serve the needs of the disability arts sector. An alternate approach which redresses the constraints inherent within the existing international arts festival template, and provides a structure for a sustainable and accessible framework, inclusive of both regional and metropolitan communities is discussed. Factors including distinct financial partnering arrangements, community development and social capital, advocacy, the emergence of global disability cultures, the expanding calendar of arts festivals, and broader based artistic practices from recreation through to professional within arts and disability, suggest the need for a reformation of the festival model. This paper explores ways in which new festival models can act as instruments of change.

Keywords: Arts and Disability, Festivals, Advocacy and Audience Development, Arts in Action, Social Capital, Community Development, Global Disability Cultures, Sustainability, Partnering Benefits, High Beam Arts and Disability Festival
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Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Festivals: Agents of Change?

Ms Jayne Leslie Boase

General Manager, Arts in Action

Jayne Boase is General Manager of Arts in Action, South Australia's peak arts and disability organisation and home to the international High Beam Festival. Jayne's extensive experience in the arts ranges from Community Music Officer to Creative Producer of the High Beam Festival and includes an eight year stint in Hong Kong. During this time Jayne worked for a corporate art house, specialising in event facilitation and management. Originally from rural South Australia Jayne has maintained links with regional communities through touring theatre and community arts initiatives. The philosophical base of Community Cultural Development has greatly influenced her tenure and continues to direct her approach within the arts. Cultural activism towards an inclusive arts and cultural sector is a driving force in Jayne's approach to her work, and commitment to shaping and influencing national and state arts policies. As such Jayne is a Community Cultural Development representative on numerous committees and peer funding panels. Jayne is currently Vice Chairperson and Secretary of Arts Access Australia, the national peak arts and disability network.

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