By sense of belonging to a shared cultural heritage, we mean how one’s identity and values are rooted within a history and heritage that is shared with others.
Full description and underpinning theory
This outcome is about relationship to one’s cultural history and heritage, and experience of cultural identity and values, that are shared with others. A sense of connection to the past and being part of a historical continuum; insights into the present through understanding of the past; insights into the past. This outcome is about how cultural engagement can offer illumination of the present by providing a sense of continuity with the past, and a pathway to the future. Knowing where we have come from helps us to discover where we want to go. As the past cannot be changed, the desired endpoint is a positive connection to it.
Theory underpinning this outcome
Historical value: how the work reflects the conditions of life at the time it was created, and how it illuminates the present by providing a sense of continuity with the past (Holden, 2001); heritage (UCLG, 2006).
‘Knowing where we have come from helps us to discover where we want to go. Our social memory and our repositories of insight and understanding are essential elements to our sense of belonging. Without a sense of our past, we are adrift in an endless present’ (Hawkes, 2001, p. 30).
Policy and practice to safeguard and enhance the cultural heritage, tangible and intangible, moveable and immovable, and promote cultural industries (Hawkes, 2001, p. 30).
Belonging: creating distinctive places through arts and cultural activities generates a sense of identity and shared ownership; Identity: making art and engaging in cultural activities with diverse groups and communities produces art that is relevant to people’s lives (Australia Council for the Arts, 2010).
Evidence that this outcome occurs
Celebration of heritage through arts participation (Walker, 2002).
Activities and processes contributing to this outcome
Activities that could contribute to this outcome include (but are not limited to):
- developing community cultural projects that support people to learn about and express aspects of their cultural heritage.
- producing museum exhibitions (art and other cultural objects)
- establishing local historical societies
- creating cultural trails, including arts and history trails
- creating and publishing catalogues and books of fiction and non-fiction
- providing funds for acquisition of new and old works for collections
This section is currently in development. Updates will be posted here as they are completed.
Sense of belonging to a shared cultural heritage
Australia Council for the Arts (2016). Cultural engagement framework. Sydney: Australia Council for the Arts. Accessed 28 May 2016 from www.australiacouncil.gov.au/about/cultural-engagement-framework/.
Hawkes, J. (2001). The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability. Melbourne: Cultural Development Network.
Holden, J. (2006). Cultural value and the crisis of legitimacy. Retrieved December 20, 2009 from www.demos.co.uk/files/Culturalvalueweb.pdf?1240939425.
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) (2006). Agenda 21 for Culture. Barcelona: UCLG. Retrieved from http://www.agenda21culture.net/index.php/docman/agenda21/212-ag21en/file