WHERE ARE YOU FROM… AND WHY ARE YOU HERE?Securing RADF funding & delivering the project Suzanne Gibson & Dr Jo Wills Dr Joanna Wills & Suzanne Gibson
Presentation overview• Imagining the project• Applying for RADF Breakdown of the different sections to demonstrate how application was approached• Realising the project Did we do what we said we would? Why/why not/what did this mean?• Reflecting on the outcomes• Acquitting the project Fulfilling the objectives of the grant
Imagining the project• Investigate changing migration experiences in Cairns over the last 30 years• Promote museum work and use contemporary museum practices• Identify a key research question and project theme (“Where are you from?”)• Encourage participants to bring objects to workshops to stimulate discussion• Use these objects as a basis for further research• Find a suitable funding stream
Applying for RADF funding• Get the RADF Guidelines and read them• RADF funds arts workers to practice in their regional communities. Are you an arts worker? RADF defines what this is with a 12 point criteria ‐ do you meet three of the 12 criteria?• Where does your project fit in terms of RADF programs?
Concept Development• Objective — to develop arts and cultural research ideas and project proposals to the implementation stage and identify funding sources outside of RADF to implement project proposals.• RADF grants will support individuals and groups who wish to engage in professional research and the development of ideas and project proposals to the implementation stage. No specific artform product is required, however, the project should demonstrate how it will contribute to future arts and cultural development.• Potential funding sources for the implementation of the project do not need to be identified prior to making the application.
Describing the Project• 2.3 Brief description of the project• Please use this section to describe the rationale and objectives of your project. Refer to the relevant category objective.• In our case: see Attachment 1
WRUF Objectives• Develop a conversation between older and newer residents, using material culture as a starting point.• Identify and engage key stakeholders in the development of the project.• Provide the research component for two museum practitioners to develop concept plans for museum exhibition.• In addition: WRUF will have a number of practical outcomes for the museum and cultural sector in FNQ including: an outreach kit, workshops.
Cultural sector benefits• Collaboration with potential communities of interest – libraries, historical societies, neighbourhood centres.• Raise awareness of museum methodology• Develop contemporary collections research• Provide information to CRC about the experiences of new arrivals and the concerns of older residents
Project Benefits• 2.4 How will this project benefit you, your community or artists/cultural workers?• Give a brief description about the results you expect from the project. Examples could be: skill development, community access, media coverage for your artform, professional development, innovation, new work, quality of life for the community.• See Attachment 2.
Community Interest• Read your Council’s Cultural Plan – where does your project fit?• Talk with people you want to involve in the project as you are developing the idea. – Cairns Libraries; Arts Nexus; Trinity Bay High School; CARMA; Migrant Settlement Service.• Get letters of support as part of your submission
Realising the project: stakeholder engagement Aims • To promote the ideas behind the project • To identify project stakeholders and use the local network • To not activate groups that could not be sustained after the project Realities • Stakeholders required longer time to activate projects • Trying to run a longer term project within a grants timeframe • Identified one major stakeholder for venues but not activating the community per se
Realising the project: outreach kitAims• To use the Cairns Museum collection to develop a migration focused outreach kit• Conceived an outreach kit based on migration character typesRealities• Examined the collection and found… lots of gaps and few objects• Realised that the question we were asking was really… why are you here?
Getting side tracked: a display at Cairns Library• Developed a mini exhibition for Cairns Library windows based on generic character types• Worked with museum volunteers to curate stories• Identified local graphic designer sympathetic to museum projects• Sourced additional funding to pay for design and printing
Realising the project: workshops• Organising venues• Identifying a local champion• Advertising the workshops• Media• Total 9 workshops across the region – 78 participants• 1 school program
Realising the project: workshops• Aims • To get participants to bring objects and discuss meaning • To get new and old residents talking to each other• Realities • Only a few people brought along objects • We had to use collection objects to stimulate conversation • Problem of keeping people focused on topic • Venues were geographically based and reflected either pockets of long or short term communities, not a mix • Best when participants initiated interaction
Grant Acquittal• Take time to do the acquittal properly• Work from you original proposal• Be positive – highlight the project’s achievements• Provide feedback on the process• Keep a good record of spending and inkind support• Good documentation of your project promotes your capacity to fulfil grant obligations in the future
Workshop findings – could we fulfill our aims?• Identified a range of potential subjects for oral history project• Identified a range of potential subjects for a contemporary version of the mini display in the library• Rich source of potential audience with schools network and newly arrived migrants• Desire for conversations about place and identity, and to document local stories
Project conclusions• Be realistic about the time and budget required for project• Be mindful of how the project has to fit around other work schedules and programsProject specific:• Highlighted the significant gaps within the museum collection for telling the Cairns’ migration story of• Provided museum with ideas for future collecting• Activated volunteer interest in new museum work, producing exhibitions and understanding of the collection• Identified a new space for small social history exhibitions but this was a significant & time consuming diversion from the original proposal