Examples of recent and current grant projects

2014-15 Round

Grant recipient and project summary

Capacity development for State of the Marine Environment Reporting
Recipient: University of Sydney

Training and capacity building on marine environment reporting in the Pacific

Unmapping the End of the World: Mildura Palimpsest Biennale
Recipient: Arts Mildura

An international art project celebrating three UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Recipient: Literary Events Asia Pacific Plus

Developed an online journal on the teaching and practice of creative writing and literary translation in the Asia-Pacific region

Audio-visual Preservation Needs Analysis
Recipient: National Film and Sound Archive

Undertook surveys and site visits to assist in preservation of audiovisual collections in the Pacific

Safeguarding the cultural and linguistic heritage of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiovisual collections
Recipient: Indigenous Remote Communications Association

A five day training program (in three locations) on the preservation of the audio visual collections held by remote Australian and Torres Strait Islander media organisations.

Documenting UNESCO in Australia
Recipient: University of Sydney

Development of a website and hosting of a public symposium to document the history of UNESCO’s involvement in migration, environmental, and heritage issues in Australia since the Second World War.

2015-16 Round

Grant recipient and project summary

9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) for UNESCO Award
Recipient: Jaclyn McLendon , APSA

The UNESCO Award is for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film. APSA and UNESCO share the common goals of promoting diversity of cultural expression and raising awareness of the value of culture at local, national and international levels. The winner of the award will show their film at a UNESCO event in Paris.

Australian Memory of the World Committee: Regional Leadership in Asia-Pacific Project
Recipient: Australian Memory of the World Committee

The project is working to position the Australian Memory of the World Program as a leader in Memory of the World in the Asia-Pacific region in several ways:

  • by building on previous success in this area in sharing the expertise of the Australian Committee with countries in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in mentoring a new Memory of the World National Committee in Timor-Leste;
  • by ensuring the participation of Australian Memory of the World Committee members in key regional meetings, such as the biannual meeting of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP); and
  • by making resources generated by the Australian Committee available to a worldwide audience.

Puppetry and health promotion: Transforming wayang kulit performance for health promotion in rural Indonesia
Recipient: Dan Bendrups, Latrobe University

This project is developing a health promotion program for rural Indonesia, using traditional shadow puppetry (wayang kulit). It is working to produce a series of educational videos of newly-composed wayang kulit pieces that communicate the health benefits of effective latrine use and other topics relating to basic hygiene.

M_Power: Transforming regional communities through Music video programs
Recipient: Felicity Baker, University of Melbourne

This project is evaluating the effectiveness of a song writing and music video production program (SMVP) on the wellbeing of individuals, schools, and communities in regional communities of Victoria. Felicity Baker is working to determine the impact of SMVP provided by Musomagic, on school culture and environment, school attendance, school behaviour, attitudes to learning, and student-to-student, student-to-teachers, and student-to-community relationships.

Developing a water market readiness framework
Recipient: Adam Loch, University of Adelaide

This project is designing and testing a world-class market readiness framework applicable in any location to assess the suitability of market arrangements to address water scarcity issues in different contexts. The project will test the applicability of this framework in diverse settings covering the wide range of associated scarcity and distribution (i.e. drought, environmental, cultural and urban) issues.

Fostering intercultural dialogue and social transformation through spoken word poetry
Recipient: Jen Scott Curwood, University of Sydney

Drawing on sociocultural theory, this ethnography investigates spoken word poetry – a burgeoning cultural phenomenon – as a practice, a process, and a product. The first of its kind in Australia, the study builds on prior international research that has demonstrated that spoken word poetry has multiple emotional and social benefits.

Last Updated: 6 July 2016