Harnessing the Arts to Tackle Disadvantage
Harnessing the Arts to Empower the Disadvantaged
Date: Monday 1 May 2017
Where: Australia Council for the Arts
Admission: Free for SAMAG Members
Non-Members: $20, Student: $10 via Eventbrite
We all know that the arts can change live for the better, but how exactly? Hear from the three of the nation’s leading experts on how creativity can work as a tool for good, by attacking disadvantage and providing new pathways.
Join the lively, thoughtful trio of speakers:
Kim McConville: Executive Director, Beyond Empathy
Sarah Houbolt: Equity and Diversity officer at the University of Technology, Sydney, former Paralympian and Performer.
Jeremy Smith, Facilitator: Practice Director: Community, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Australia Council for the Arts
Sarah Houbolt works with the University of Technology Sydney from its Equity and Diversity unit, coordinating central staff and student accessibility policy responses across the University. Her work champions the importance of cultural leadership and getting specific around how we look at accessibility in education, employment, design and innovation. Previously, Sarah worked for Accessible Arts to organise the 22016 national Arts Activated conference at Carriageworks. Sarah is a Sydney 2000 Paralympian turned circus performer, having worked with companies such as Cirque du Soleil. After learning her craft through community workshops and then working professionally as a performer for a number of years, Sarah turned her attention to disability arts history in the form of freak shows. In 2016, Sarah spoke at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas on the importance of honouring the history of artists with disability. In 2017, Sarah was engaged with the Sydney Festival program through Scent of Sydney and the Circus and Access talk. Despite working for UTS this year, Sarah still maintains her arts practice.
Kim McConville has been working with Aboriginal communities for 27 years and has used arts, culture and community development practices to influence change, increase health, wellbeing, education and learning outcomes for young people and their families experiencing recurring hardship. Kim worked for seven years with the award winning organization Big hART, before establishing BE in 2004 with long-time colleague and creative partner Phillip Crawford. Kim has extensive expertise in facilitating collaborative practices across divided and multiply disadvantaged communities, enabling divided groups and individuals to find new ways to work together. Her work is renowned for the ‘long haul’; staying with communities for ten years or longer. Kim has been awarded for her collaborative practices and forging new partnerships across Government, Corporate, Philanthropic and Community sectors. Kim is a member of the ABC arts reference panel.
Jeremy Smith is the Arts Practice Director – Community, Emerging and Experimental Arts at the Australia Council for the Arts. He has spent much of his professional career working in close connection with the arts and cultural industries since graduating from the WA Academy of Performing Arts in 1997.
He has held a range of senior positions in the corporate, not for profit and government sectors. Jeremy’s most recent appointments include Manager, Community Investment with Rio Tinto Iron Ore, and the Manager, Regional Arts and Strategic Development at DADAA. He has also worked extensively across festivals, youth arts, community and regional arts development projects in a range of creative and management roles.
A large portion of his work has seen the development of long term, reciprocal relationships across regional Western Australia, which has shaped his approach and values towards arts practice in this space.