Speaking in Tongues:
How do we translate the collective language of the arts?
11-13 July 2012
Location: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Western Sydney
The 2012 YPAA National Symposium was a great achievement nationally for our sector that came together to celebrate our diversity of views, our unity and strength, while while interrogating what we can do better.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to its success.
The Symposium ended with a Plenary and 10-point outcome.
Thank you also to those who provided the valuable post-Symposium feedback.
YPAA has a proud history of professional development events and activities spanning over three decades.
Young People and the Arts Australia (YPAA) presents this national Symposium – Speaking in Tongues: How do we translate the collective language of the arts?
The central theme is to explore how the youth arts sector speak to each other in the sector, across sectors and, more importantly, how we speak to others about what we do in a language that they can understand.
Speaking in Tongues is suitable for anyone interested in enhancing the opportunities for creativity of young people they work with, or of their organisation.
It will offer a wide range of activities to support sector wide artistic and professional development for professionals working with and for children and young people, such as:
- international masterclasses
- keynote presentations
- break-out discussion sessions
- an interactive panel discussion
- an open spaces forum
- a number of performances
- networking events
The Symposium discussions will openly challenge the stigma of youth arts; explore how to engage in powerful professional conversations; investigate the various languages surrounding our practice such as artistic form, technologies, cultures, inclusivity and funding; interrogate the role and place of the ‘broker’ in the arts; and more.
It takes place in Western Sydney at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre alongside the Way Out West Festival for Children (WOW), a contemporary arts festival that will engage and inspire children and their families.
For regular updates, join the Speaking in Tongues Facebook event page
** Activity: What is the language of the arts?
What better way to gain a collective understanding of the language of the arts, and the way it is understood across the sector, than to ask individuals to reflect on it, deconstruct it, and collectively rebuild it in the form of a handy pocket sized Glossary*.
We invite you use this page to to share your own personal definitions of the terms you come across most often in this sector through this page. You may ‘comment’ on a term from the list or feel free to post your own. We will be collecting the responses over the next few weeks and using them to create a Glossary Handbook. YPAA hopes you ‘engage’, ‘redefine’, ‘vent’, and/or ‘have fun’.
‘If we could collect the totality of word patterns stored in all those individuals, we should have the social bond which constitutes their language…for the language is never complete in any single individual, but exists perfectly only in the collectivity.’
-Ferdinand de Saussure.
YPAA wishes to acknowledge the significant support of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, champions of diversity in the Arts in Western Sydney.