Conceptualising Community Cultural Development: The Role of Cultural Planning in Community Change
There is a growing recognition of the importance of engaging grassroots communities in all aspects of community building and other initiatives to address concerns about declining community well-being. Within the domain of community development there is an emphasis on building individual, family and community strengths to build capable communities. Although there is this shift in focus among service deliverers and policy-makers, Campbell and Jovchelovitch (2000) have suggested that there are no clear theoretical models that specify the processes through which participation and engagement with local communities translate into benefits for individuals and communities. Community Cultural Development (CCD) is one of the methodologies used by the Community Arts Network WA (CAN WA) to foster local community participation, using culture and arts as means for promoting community capacity and sense of community. However, even though CCD has the potential to contribute to community capacity, there is still a lack of clarity about the mechanisms and processes through which that is achieved. Therefore, the aim of this research was to develop a clearer conceptual understanding of how CCD activities impact on community.
Sonn, C. C., Drew, N. M., & Kasat, P. (2002). Conceptualising community cultural development: The role of cultural planning in community change. Perth, WA: Community Arts Network WA Inc.