Title

Community impact of an Australian Aboriginal art centre

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Title

Community Development for Social Change

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Group

Editor(s)

Beck, D., Purcell, R.

School

School of Arts and Humanities

RAS ID

32978

Comments

Cooper, T. (2020). Community impact of an Australian Aboriginal art centre. In R. Purcell & D. Beck. Community Development for Social Change. (1st ed., ch.5,pp.173-180). Routledge.

https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315528618

Abstract

This case study looks at the Wirnda Barna Art Centre, a social enterprise promoting community arts with an Aboriginal community in Western Australia. This is an important study as in many countries, as well as Australia, there is little external funding available for community projects. In economically developed countries the continuation of the austerity budget often means reduced funding for community development-related activities. Therefore, the role of social enterprises, non-profit organisations and self-funding initiatives may increase over time.

The main focus of the study explores:

The impact and value of working with a Social Capital model

Issue around developing a financially self-sustaining operation

The importance of having a clear plan linked to a monitoring and evaluation process

Learning from both intended and unintended outcomes and outputs

The stress on staff working in a project where the required financial support is in doubt

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DOI

10.4324/9781315528618

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