This plenary proudly sponsored by:
Lisa Bailey, Program Manager, RiAus
David Throsby, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Macquarie University
Julian Meyrick, Professor of Creative Arts, Laboratory Adelaide
Tully Barnett, Research Fellow of Creative Arts, Laboratory Adelaide
Science communication is a cultural good or service in that it tries to convey meaning or message through it’s content, and requires creativity in it’s production. Viewed in this way, there is much we can learn from the extensive work done in cultural studies on measuring value of the creative industries and cultural organisations and outputs. While there has been a trend in recent years to focus on the economic impact of the cultural sector to the macro-economy, this misses other dimensions of value that communities place on cultural activities.
“Laboratory Adelaide: The Value of Culture” ARC funded project, from Flinders University, is trying to address this, where for the first time, researchers are developing a set of tools that events and organisations can use to assess the total cultural value of South Australia’s arts calendar and its contribution to the life of the State beyond the economic dollar. The project is working with organisations like the Adelaide Festival and the State Library of South Australia. This session will cover the rationale and methodologies used.