Recently Georgia and Laura form 3D Radio conducted a vox pop for Thinking Through The City on what young people wanted in Norwood Payneham and St Peters. The program went to air on October 13 … and the verdict…? Youth were keen to see more of a vibe generated in the city through live music and events. Culture and creativity are the glue that create meaning and enrichment in our lives, and today the term creative communities is being used far and wide, but the challenge remains how to truly generate opportunities for individuals to be creatively engaged as active, creative citizens. Allied to the notion of ‘artistic citizenship’ comes the idea of ‘cultural sustainability’…
Getting to know a Council is a big and exciting task – particularly one that has a rich heritage such as Norwood, Payneham & St Peters. The opportunity to take up this unique role of Lead Creative for the City fills me with some trepidation. It is a bold initiative and we have chosen to begin modestly by starting community conversations that will slowly build into lasting initiatives.
I am an interdisciplinary artist with a background as a writer and director. I have worked with many communities over the years and have always been amazed by the transformative power of art, and its potential to act as a catalyst for change. I am hoping that our multi – disciplinary, and multi – faceted conversations, can contribute to a debate about the City’s relationship to the creative sector and foster new connections within it’s boundaries and beyond.
This blog is one of the vehicles to help enable that conversation, so I look forward to your comments over the next months as we ‘think through the city’ together.
Teresa Crea, Lead Creative