ArtsSpace: Inspiration, Cultural Diversity and the Arts
ArtsSpace - Inspiration, Cultural Diversity
and The Arts
Dr Janice K Jones
Senior Lecturer Arts Education
School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
USQ Applied Linguistics Group, Leadership Research International
University of Southern Queensland Learning and
Teaching Grant Scheme December 2nd
Open Textbook Initiative
Acknowledgement of Country
I acknowledge the traditional
custodians of the lands where
USQ teaching and research is
conducted: the Gaibal,
Jarowair, Ugarapul and
Butchulla peoples of
Queensland. I honour the
wisdom of Elders past, present
and future, seeking to walk
together in the spirit of
Image: Jada DENNISON/Untitled/2015/acrylic
monoprint/60 x 42 cm
The arts are…
…foundational to historical, social, cultural and aesthetic
understandings and appreciation.
…a vital means of human expression, inquiry and
…a way to self understanding, aesthetic awareness, and
sensitivity to other ways of seeing the world
To effectively engage diverse learners teachers must
develop curriculum knowledge, skills, pedagogies and
The Australian Curriculum for the Arts
…all young Australians are entitled to engage with the
five Arts subjects and should be given an opportunity to
experience the special knowledge and skills base of
All students study dance, drama, media arts,
music and visual arts — from Foundation to the
end of primary school. Schools will be best placed
to determine how this will occur.
Secondary (yr 7/ 8) ‘experience some’ subjects in
more depth. (yr 9–12, students will be able to
specialise in one or more Arts subjects as part of
their overall curriculum package.
Lines, boxes, borders, boundaries
When pre-service educators begin their undergraduate
programs to become teachers, most have had minimal
experience of the arts since primary school.
My research data captured over 3 years with future
primary school educators confirms the majority are
fearful of teaching the arts and most doubt their own
All want to know how to ‘tick the right box’ to get a HD
The challenge – supporting learning
Primary: A single 10
week course with 2
week practicum –
experience of 5 arts
Media, Music, Visual
Single course to cater
for specialist teachers
years 7 – 10 and 11
Lower school – 5 arts
Upper school – art
Storytelling – How we learn
This is my story about learning in the creation of an
I had not expected this to be such a dramatic, exciting
and transformative experience!
But – it is also about institutional learning – and the
kinds of systems and supports that will be needed as
universities shift from a ‘one size’ paradigm to embrace
new ways of working.
In the beginning…
A wordpress site with
OER resources for the
5 arts strands
An emphasis upon
and culturally varied
Invitations sent to
colleagues world wide
Students curated CC
BY SA resources for
the five arts strands
as an assessment
Peer reviewed and
Sites included useful
arts content for
You can make, create
and share – and
others will read and
BUT – none added
I knew how to create
a website or blogsite
but not how to make
Masses of spam –
despite efforts to
Student curated sites
were uninspiring. All
included useful items
but without any
cultural or connecting
The ‘Dance’ - Shiva: Creator/Destroyer
When things go VERY wrong, when they break badly –
this is a wonderful learning opportunity.
My website was hacked by ‘Hard Hitter’.
ICT could not help – this was not a university computer.
The site was not a university site.
Expert friends could not help. Keychain made it
impossible to open up any programs or to do any work.
Apple back up technicians forgot to guide me through
one important stage – so many settings and programs
I lost weeks of work and was further delayed by the
need to completely re-install the OS on my new
Macbook Air and buy a MS Office installation.
Beyond the ‘Book’
By now I was in great anxiety. The panel advised against
creating a WikiBook. I am glad as this forced me back to
my earlier thinking but from a new angle.
Akash Odedra is a dancer: he has always struggled to
express his ideas through the written word
In Murmur he repositions the centuries old dance
vocabulary of the Kathak dance tradition in a modern
and digital performance context.
Dance is another language: Odedra re-casts narratives
of dyslexia – not as a failure to comply with the rules of
order in telling of stories – but as a new language
Metaphor – beyond the book - from 5.45
The OER project transformed –
Why a book? Why
Start from ancient
voices, ways of
A blogsite, pinterest,
site stimulus for work
Linked Facebook site
Starting from the
earth, the elements,
Continue to build the
Engage Arts Council
Toowoomba to post
and share works
Twitter, and Pinterest
Physical and virtual
Art exhibition linked to
site in late 2016
Create new page for
USQ Makerspace –
allowing sharing of
Encourage sharing of
creative writing and
arts products and
research– from USQ
Thanks to colleagues
and students at the
University of Southern
supporting this journey -
we are all leaders in
Thank you –Helpers on the Journey
University of Southern Queensland Teaching Excellence and the expert
panel of USQ advisors
Professor Helen Partridge (PVC Scholarly Information and Learning Services)
Professor Ken Udas DVC (Academic Services) and Chief Information Officer
Kate Judith and team
Priya Jose and Ron Pauley
Odedra A. (2014).Murmur. TedGlobal 2014.
"Fire close up texture" by Titus Tscharntke - http://www.public-domain-
pictures/fire-close-up-texture.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via
Wikimedia Commons -
Vassil (2007) Shiva Nataragja. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File
Notes de l'éditeur
ArtsSpace - Inspiration, Cultural Diversity and The Arts
ArtsSpace is a site where creative artists and students can share their work and be inspired by the work of others.
All images and recordings on the site are shared under Creative Commons CC BY-SA and may be used, re-purposed and resubmitted – as long as the work of the contributing artist or writer is acknowledged.
Sometimes the picture adds an extra strain.
Its fine I can hear you.
The Australian Curriculum for the Arts will be based on the assumption that all young Australians are entitled to engage with the five Arts subjects and should be given an opportunity to experience the special knowledge and skills base of each.
All students will study the five Arts subjects — dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts — from Foundation to the end of primary school. Schools will be best placed to determine how this will occur.
From the first year of secondary school (Year 7 or 8), students will have an opportunity to experience some Arts subjects in greater depth and to specialise in one or more Arts subjects. Schools may continue to offer all Arts subjects. This will be determined by their state/territory jurisdiction and/or the school.
In Years 9–12, students will be able to specialise in one or more Arts subjects as part of their overall curriculum package.