Measuring and Advocating our Worth

Foyer Sunken Lounge, Wed 4th Oct, 1:30pm, 2 Hours Facilitator: Jane Kreis 1st Provocateur: Fraser Corfield

In 2017 ATYP worked with arts based research company Patternmakers to measure the impact of our programs on participants’ social and emotional health and wellbeing. This session focuses on using the research to advocate for theatre’s value and the sector as a whole, and how to start a new conversation with government, donors and funding bodies, to move the education sector from STEM to STEAM. Together we will explore ways we might combine research and promote the value of that research more effectively.

Key Points (Updated Live)

    • Overt and covert advocacy; to ways of creating a dialogue with other sectors.
    • Look to our partners and other communities who tried to achieve things and learn from their experience.
    • Partnering up with those sectors that have achieved wins for their own issues to help us find our own way to achieve goals.
    • Overt actions: Sea of hearts, fair day. Its apart of Mardi Gra. Placing hearts out and people taking photos and politicians coming for photos. These photos hold these politicians accountable to how this photo shows their stance, and what they need to do.
    • Thinking about who our friends could be and lobby and advocate for us and how they can help better our sector.
    • Patternmakers; research into the importance of theatre on Youth. Having a research partners that give us the credibility in the research for further funding.
    • Research into the importance of Arts on young people; 3 times more likely to vote, more social engaged. Research into Youth Arts improving youth across the board.
    • The research wanted to explore the question of what is the state of young people broadly?
    • Mental health effecting youth population in the developed world.¼ diagnosed with mental health, 1/6 anxiety issues. Average age for anxiety is 16. Average age for depression 25.
    • Project looking at the ramifications on the arts on youth with mental health impairments.
    • These are not programs designed to help mental health, basic drama groups. The improvements come as a side effect.
    • Reconceptualising theatre into a health funded endeavour; funding coming from health industries for theatre, using the data for then theatre to help solve this issue.
    • Engaging the government through a different channel; starting different conversations.
    • Can these statistics be used to open up the Youth Arts sector work, and how that will affect the channels for funding?
    • Who I need to talk to and how I need to talk to them? Finding the people that we need to sell our work to.
    • How do we share the information (Youth Arts survey) for everyone to be informed? And expanding the sample size and broadening the reach and footprint.
    • We have leverage and we should get more strategic and aggressive to lobby our politicians and get in their face with the arts.
    • Knowing what we want and understanding the political context that we are coming from.
    • Keeping channels of communication open.
    • Understanding the margin your working in, establishing friendship groups and meeting with likeminded people from across sectors to pull resources and share data. Academics at universities being a source to pull on for finding statistical data.
    • Seeing the value in working as larger groups to strength our voice.
    • Partnering with universities and companies for research and data collection to lobby for the grants needed to create work. Speaking the language of other sectors. Leverage and transpose other governmental departments to gain funding through data collection on issues that they are trying to resolve, and presenting the arts as a basis for solution.
    • Data collection for articulating the value and it gives us the tools to extend the conversation to external partners outside of our own spheres of influence.