Framing local stories for community consumption facilitation and evaluation in narrative driven arts-based projects

Klaebe, Helen G. (2012) Framing local stories for community consumption facilitation and evaluation in narrative driven arts-based projects. In Arthur, Paul, Kennedy, Rosanne, & Whitlock, Gillian (Eds.) Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) : Framing Lives, International Auto/Biography Association (IABA), Canberra, Australia, pp. 1-11.

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Cyclone Yasi struck the Cassowary Coast of Queensland in the early hours of Feb 3, 2011, destroying many homes sand property, including the destruction of the Cardwell and district historical society’s premises. With their own homes flattened, many were forced to live in mobile accommodation, with extended family, or leave altogether. The historical society members however were more devastated by their flattened foreshore museum and loss of their collection material. A call for assistance was made through the OHAA Qld branch, who along with QUT sponsored a trip to somehow plan how they could start to pick up the pieces to start again.

This presentation highlights the need for communities to gather, preserve and present their own stories, in a way that is sustainable and meaningful to them, but that good advice and support along the way is important. Two 2 day workshops were held in March and then September, augmented by plenty of email correspondence and phone calls in between. Participants learnt that if they could conduct quality oral history interviews, they could later use these in many exhibitable ways including: documentary pieces; digital stories; photographic collections; creative short stories; audio segments –while also drawing closely together a suffering community.

This story is not only about the people who were interviewed about the night Yasi struck, but the amazing women (all over 50) of the historical society who were willing to try and leap the digital divide that faces older Australians, especially those in rural Australia, so that their older local stories would not be lost and so that new stories could also be remembered.

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ID Code: 58228
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) (190402)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
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Deposited On: 13 Mar 2013 23:54
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2017 21:43

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