Community engagement: a School perspective. School of Arts and Sciences Brisbane
ACU Strategic Plan Student Experience Research and Knowledge Transfer Catholic Identity and Mission Service Delivery and Enablers
School Strategic Plan Our school will focus on teaching, learning, research and service in arts, humanities and social sciences. We focus on these as they contribute to the common good and give the Australian Catholic University a distinctive place in Australian higher education. We are committed to finding ways to express our Catholic mission and identity through our creative arts teaching, research and community engagement.
Develop “Community Arts partnerships” and engagement through our distinctive Catholic identity in teaching, research and community engagement: Our school’s teaching, research and community partnerships have a distinctive focus. Our focus contrasts with Griffith University(arts practice), University of Queensland (fine arts/theory), Queensland University of Technology (creative industries) approaches. Our “Community Arts partnerships approach” seeks to allow specialisation as well as integration in the disciplines of Music, Drama and Visual Arts as they intersect with human services. Our focus of life long learning in Arts works within partnerships with churches, hospitals, choirs and theatre in social contexts developed with Catholic Hospitals, Catalyst, Conservatorium of Music, Queensland Art Gallery, schools and various community arts collaborators.
Visual arts Exhibitions (10 per year) Art partnerships (Qld Art Gallery, Prison Fellowship, refugee arts, art and theology…) Research (Art in community contexts) Honours, MPhil and PhD. Art in education (schools and community arts)
7500 children participated in the project with 5000 tiles throughout the hospital.
Music • “Let all the brothers, however, preach by their deeds” • St Francis of Assisi
Music • Creator • Re-creator • Consumer
Contributions • A Variety of Voices Concert Series • An Evening with the Arts • The Cathedral of St Stephen Concert Series • The Young Voices Festival • Ceremony of Readings and Carols • St Stephen’s Christmas Choir • Youth4Unity Peace Congress (Kidz2Kidz Choir) • Catholic Education Week • ACU Graduation Ceremony
Research • Project: Music as a focus for community engagement. 2006/2007 • Conference presentation 2006 • Refereed paper 2007
Drama Applied theatre enhancing community relationship • The McAuley Medieval Fayre (Annually) • ‘Queenslander’ Fair Q150 celebration (2009) • Children’s Theatre (Bi-annual) • ‘The Golden Year’s Project’ (2009) • ‘Kin’ Catalyst Clemente Program (2008) • ‘Cold Comfort’ Homeless Project (2004) • ‘Scattered People’ Refugee Arts Enrichment Program (2007) • ‘The Big Issue’ Homeless Arts Enrichment Program (2006) • Public performances (3 per semester)
We are going upwards, we’ve got a goal and learning is such a positive…it takes your focus off your own problems… (Catalyst student)
SKATING ON SANDGATE ROAD 2009 An ACU and Golden Years Q150 Collaboration Art work by BA student Carol Chay 2009
Understanding Tradition Community Relationships Respect Acceptance
Addressing Graduate Attributes • commitment to values consistent with the University’s Mission • a spirit of service to the community • commitment to good citizenship, including respect for individuals, empathy with persons of differing cultural and religious backgrounds, community responsibility and concern for the environment
Children’s Theatre 2008 COMMUNITY LINKS Shared Wisdom Shared Learning Celebration Catholic Education Week 2008
The McAuley Medieval Fayre The Importance of Being Earnest Service Delivery and Enablers CC Cosi Romeo and Juliet