Cultural Safety as a Key for Great Art

Queens Theatre 5, Thu 5th Oct, 11:30am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Sister Zai Zanda 1st Provocateur: Yvette Walker 2nd Provocateur: Sermsah Bin Saad (Suri)

Stereotypes impoverish culture, diminish the quality of productions and drive away diverse audiences*. Listen in as PoC, CALD and First Nations Creators and Producers lead a solution-oriented discussion about ensuring artistic excellence and innovation as we diversify programming. *From TEDTalk: ‘The Danger Of The Single Story’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Key Points (Updated Live)

  • Respect, and Healing:

    So that we can help other people, we must be able to respect ourselves, and have the ability to consistantly heal and renew ourselves. Without this, we cannot think to help others, and support others, without our problems bleeding through. We should respect each other - or learn to, no matter our age, gender, sexuality, race, or religion. We tend to become accustomed to toxic energy, behaviours, and attitudes, but we must break these, so that we can heal.

  • Safety for Ourselves:

    We must learn to listen to our bodies more intently. Our head is our intellectuality, our heart is our emotions, but we seem to ignore our stomach, and it’s instinctual reflexes. If we listen to our gut instinct more, we could potentially stay safer, physically, emotionally, or mentally.

  • Our Art and Culture:

    Great art can only occur when we have solid relationships with ourselves, and those around us. Artistic institutions should be a safe place, and needs to hold more diversity within itself. They must hold positive energies for people of colour, queer people, and people with disability. We must all open our doors to a greater range of people.

  • Financial Support:

    There needs to be more financial support for the education of Aboriginal and Torrens Strait Islanders within the arts. First Nation people do not learn in the same way as the main stream media. As such, there must be on going financial support to integrate their learning into the main stream.

  • Knowledge and Education:

    Education and investigation of how the structural ‘beast’ of the Australian arts landscape is essential in attaining the knowledge to be able to assess your ‘place’ and where you stand. Know your rights, provocate, ask questions and follow up. Find the evidence to support your ‘feelings’. Remember that for main houses that it is a business with expectations for delivery outcomes; art may not be their primary drive, rather ‘product’ for profit and/or recognition amongst financial/political stakeholders.