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People, Pets and Art: A Model of Creative and Cultural Enterprise for Connecting Communities

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posted on 2024-01-30, 03:45 authored by Niklavs RubenisNiklavs Rubenis, Megan KeatingMegan Keating, S Carson, A Terhell
We reflect on the aims and outcomes of a research project titled The Pet Project, a model of creative and cultural enterprise that initiates, establishes, and maintains a community of practice across regional Tasmania through hands-on visual art workshops. The Pet Project advances targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education and was established in response to specific challenges to Tasmanian communities, experienced throughout Covid-19, as the means to bring disconnected, isolated, and disparate members of the community together using art-based methods and pet companionship as universal and binding themes. The project builds sustainability mechanisms into different communities through social and cultural imperatives; through training, learning and skill development opportunities; through creative safe spaces where diversity, lived experience and knowledge is celebrated; as well as through the integration of a diverse network of industry partners and stakeholders. We suggest that creative endeavours - through applied outcomes and ongoing support - have a vitally important role to play in building, or repairing, and maintaining relationships within communities to foster resilience, inclusivity, access, equity, and health.

Funding

Regional Arts Australia

History

Publication title

Engaging with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of Sustainable, Inclusive and Ethical Education and Training

Volume

7

Editors

K Beasy, C Smith & J Watson

Pagination

579-600

Department/School

Arts, Media, Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media

Publisher

Springer

Publication status

  • Accepted

Place of publication

United States

Extent

3

Rights statement

© The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2023

Socio-economic Objectives

130103 The creative arts, 160302 Pedagogy

UN Sustainable Development Goals

4 Quality Education