Connect + Create = Transform: Creativity and Creative Practice Building Understanding across Cultures

By Donna Wright.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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How we form our common impressions in the future could determine how effectively we engage with others in an increasingly intercultural environment. This paper outlines a practice-led international research project that was developed as a model that could investigate the significance of creativity and creative practice in setting up sites for shared understanding in a contemporary and globally interactive world. The project, titled Big Blue Ball: Pictures, people, place, positions visual culture as being central to our understanding of ourselves and our lifeworld by offering a critical link to making sense of the unfamiliar and extending meaning and connection to others, thereby providing us with practical processes to facilitate a sharing of meaning across cultures.

Keywords: Intercultural Communication, Visual Culture, Cultural Semiotics

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.61-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 957.196KB).

Dr. Donna Wright

PhD candidate, School of Arts, Central Queensland University, Australia

A practicing visual artist for over 18 years, Donna has been educating adults for 15 years, working in the areas of communication, cultural studies, visual culture, community development and Indigenous adult education. For the past four years she has been lecturing at Central Queensland University’s international campuses in Australia. Donna’s current research creatively explores how meaning can be reconstructed through cross-cultural exposure and intercultural exchange by engaging dialogue with a diversity of cultures through individuals responding to pictures.

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