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  • screen
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  • education

2 October 2017

Speakers are being sought for the Growing Audiences: Engaging Children and Families summit, a one day event in November that will explore the art, craft and value of engaging young audiences.

Cultural institutions and venues can be rich and inspiring environments for children and families – they can unlock the imagination, engender a sense of wonder and fun, build confidence and connect young learners with a world of ideas and experiences. Get it right and the rewards are great, for both families and cultural organisations.

However, in this increasingly overstimulated world, where the competition for leisure time has never been greater, how do you best create a meaningful, attractive offering for children and their families? How do you shape a family-friendly environment that children will want to return to and grow with?

Hosted by the Agencies Education and Learning Network, comprising representatives from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Arts Centre Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre, State Library Victoria and Museums Victoria, as well as Creative Victoria, the summit seeks to answer these questions. It will take place on Tuesday 21 November.

Whether you’re looking to diversify your programming, update your skills or build your audiences, the Growing Audiences: Engaging Children and Families summit will offer the latest research, best practice and compelling case studies on creating family friendly creative experiences and organisations.

Cultural organisations staff and volunteers are now invited to submit a proposal for summit presentations.

Proposals covering best practice, interesting or experimental ideas and/or challenges in the children and families space are now sought. CEOs and directors are welcome to submit, as are front-of-house staff, volunteers and guides, education programmers, curators, marketing experts and others – we are looking for as many perspectives as possible.

The proposed presentations should provide insights into your experiences of  how young people learn, which families attend cultural organisations and/or why, and what practitioners on the ground need to know about working with young audiences.

Applicants are asked to submit a 300 word proposal outlining their presentation idea to creativelearningpartnerships@ecodev.vic.gov.au by 5pm, Friday 27 October.

All submissions should be accompanied by a short 100 word biographical note and a photo that would be appropriate for publication.

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