Cultural Solutions (Griffith Review, Volume 44)

October 31, 2020
Cultural Solutions (Griffith Review, Volume 44)

Homelessness, family violence, drug abuse, and alienation: haveour leaders and policy makers been going about it all wrong? Whatif karaoke could create cultural cohesion in fractured communities;or if hospitality helped house people; or if troubled kids couldturn their lives around by telling stories?At a time when austerity informs economic policies in even the'essential' areas of health and education, is it time to reconsiderthe returns from funding arts and culture? There are provenbenefits of using the arts to develop and maintain social cohesionand innovation.Griffith REVIEW: Cultural Solutions explores new waysAustralians are working together and solving social problems thatgovernments and other organisations have struggled with.'In this edition our contributors share the cultural solutionsthat are transforming the lives of Australian people andcommunities,' Griffith REVIEW editor Julianne Schultz explains.The cultural solutions explored across the edition vary inapproach, scale and purpose. Robyn Archer suggests it might be timefor Australians to rethink and revalue the importance of culture,including artists themselves, who 'are often far too easilypersuaded to back off when it is obvious that money is short and weare in, or about to enter, a very tight budgetary cycle.'Big hART's Scott Rankin discusses the great return-on-investmentoffered by cultural solutions and how even a modest investment canhave a far-reaching impact on the seemingly intractable socialproblem of marginalised youth. Alice Pung explores the importanceof storytelling to give marginalised children a true voice whileMaria Tumarkin wonders if our growing need for communication to bepackaged into attractive stories means we are missing out on morecomplex information that doesn't fit dramatic narrative.Marcus Westbury and Jim Hearn recount how their personaljourneys from the fringes influenced and informed their verydifferent approaches to community development.Published with the support of Creating Australia, GriffithREVIEW: Cultural Solutions puts flesh on the bones of thecultural richness around us and prove its success in providing newfixes for old problems.Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the founding editorof Griffith REVIEW, Australia's most awarded and extractedquarterly, produced by Griffith University and Text Publishing. Sheis a professor in the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, amember of the boards of the ABC and the Grattan Institute, andchair of the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Julianneis an acclaimed author, and in 2009 became a Member of the Order ofAustralia for services to journalism and the community.'The best literary journal in Australia.' Sydney MorningHerald'As engaging as it is prescient.' WeekendAustralian'Fresh and intelligent.' Australian Book Review'Griffith REVIEW is Australia's leading literary journal.'Monocle