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GENERATE 2018 // Professional and Industry Development


Community engaged practice, cultural leadership and social change. Invest in your professional development.

Are you an emerging or established artist, cultural worker or simply interested in learning more about working effectively in community-engaged contexts?

Following the success of the 2017 professional development program GENERATE, FCAC is pleased to offer a continuing series in 2018.

Following feedback from participants, the program has been revised with new and continued workshops, aiming to:

  • Build skills and capacities across sectors in working effectively with communities
  • Further best practice in arts management, partnership brokerage and cultural competency
  • Support new networks and opportunities for professional experience

Developing and maintaining diversity amongst audiences
Are you ignoring potential audiences or are they ignoring you? Join Fotis Kapetopoulos (Kape Communications) for an interactive session on developing and maintaining diverse audiences. We interrogate real scenarios and what it means to ensure that you are developing the next generation of audiences for your work, projects and organisations.

WHEN: Friday 11 May, 9:30am – 1:30pm
VENUE: Jack Kennedy Room

Everyday discrimination and how it can be avoided
We will explore the limitations of an ‘ableist’ perspective – a view that can’t see beyond its own sociophysical privilege. The experience of people with perceived disabilities is paramount to understanding the complex and intersectional dynamics of life in an urban hub like Melbourne. This workshop reveals an often hidden world of discrimination based on body and mind politics. Hear from expert speakers about myths surrounding ableism and how combating ableism paves the way for universal access and design-based thinking.

Jax Jacki Brown and Amy McMurtrie will discuss the myths surrounding ableism and how combating ableism paves the way for universal access and design-based thinking.

WHEN: Friday 13 July, 9:30am – 1:30pm
VENUE: Jack Kennedy Room

Due to popular demand, we will be running a second session of UNDERSTANDING ABLEISM + ACCESS on Friday 7 September.

WHEN: Friday 7 September, 9:30am – 1:30pm
VENUE: Jack Kennedy Room

Authorship and ownership
A deeper look at authorship and ownership: what does this relationship look like and how can you ensure your work is best practice? Good intentions are simply not enough: learn how to develop programs and engage with communities in ways that ensure sustainable and respectful, self-determined relationships and experiences. Join Tania Cañas (RISE Refugees) to discover what ‘nothing about us, without us’ means in the context of arts, culture and community engagement.

WHEN: Friday 24 August, 9:30am – 1:30pm
VENUE: Jack Kennedy Room

Sovereignty, cultural competency and racial literacy
A chance to assess, deepen or develop our understanding of sovereignty, cultural competency and racial literacy. Are you currently working with First Nations peoples or hope to in the future? Are you interested in increasing your capacity to work respectfully with people from differing cultural backgrounds to your own? This workshop is designed to build capacity and effectiveness of non-Indigenous arts and cultural workers to better support sovereignty and self-determined outcomes in First Nations arts, culture and community engaged practice.

Facilitated by Paola Balla, this three-day workshop explores racial literacy, understanding whiteness, cultural competency and effective ways of working in First Nations contexts. This workshop is a chance to explore your own identity and professional practice, whilst connecting with Elders and Koorie community arts practitioners as they share with you first-hand knowledge and experience.

WHEN: Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 and Friday 19 October, 10am – 5pm
VENUE: FCAC Basement Theatre

Effective evaluation models for community engaged practice
Can we measure and evaluate social change? What ways can we better engage communities in evaluation methodologies and outputs? What are the best models for your practice, project or organisation?

Join Timoci O’Connor (Centre for Program Evaluation, The University of Melbourne) and John Smithies (Cultural Development Network) to explore the practical ways to make evaluation more meaningful and effective for your organisation.

WHEN: Friday 16 November, 9:30am – 1:30pm

Please send GENERATE enquiries to generate@footscrayarts.com.


4 hour workshop (morning or afternoon tea included)

3 day workshop (morning tea and lunch included)

SHORT BURST (Single) $240
SHORT BURST TRIO (3 workshops) $600

SHORT BURST (Single) $80
SHORT BURST TRIO (3 workshops) $180

For the SHORT BURST TRIO package, use the following promo codes at checkout:
ORG if paying organisation prices
ARTIST if paying independent artists prices

Please note: SHORT BURST TRIO does not include the Working in First Nations intensive.

View our terms and conditions here.

‘The GENERATE Working in First Nations Cultural Contexts program is more than just a training package, it is a life changing experience that forced me unlearn and then relearn everything I thought I knew and ultimately helped me re-evaluate the way in which I see the world. The course was personally and professionally challenging but I was able to achieve more than I expected through the generosity, wisdom and experience of the trainers and guest presenters. Understanding and coming to terms with race, colonisation, whiteness and privilege is not easy, and nor should it be. But this work is essential to living a wholehearted life. I cannot recommend this program highly enough.’
Craig Rogers, 2017 participant

Image by Rachel Main

Date & Times

Start: Friday, 11 May 2018 8:00 am

End: Friday, 16 November 2018 5:00 pm


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