From the President | Beyond Metrics: A welcome from the new president of the DDCA

It is a great honour for me to be given the chance as incoming President of the DDCA to represent the interests of an extraordinary group of artists, designers and performers who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for our communities through their contribution to the arts. The DDCA serves an important role in bringing together a wide range of disciplines and views by offering a national forum for critical debate through which we hope to influence national arts policy and decision making through a collective voice.

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From the President: The Diversity Issue

Just as higher education is seen as a marker of privilege by some and empowerment for others, so the current debate about the relevance of the creative arts to the well being of communities also draws on, one might say, particular ideological ground. This is the question of the moment, is it not? What has brought about this scepticism and suspicion of the complexities and diversity of contemporary society but a fear of diversity itself.

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From the President: Welcome to 2018

Here in Australian higher arts education, we are presiding over some ‘interesting’ times ourselves. With a divided polity, seemingly, but not only, separated along education and value and belief system lines, we are finding an astonishing and baffling suspicion of ‘expertise’ and what has been called ‘wilful ignorance’ or the US legal term ‘wilful blindness’.

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