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The arts and restoration: A fertile partnership?


  • David Curtis

David Curtis has worked for over 20 years coordinating community environmental programs in the Northern Tablelands and the Northwest region of NSW, during which time he frequently utilized the visual and performing arts. This feature draws on David's current doctoral research with the Institute of Rural Futures and Ecosystem Management (School of Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management, University of New England, Armidale NSW 2350, Australia. Tel. (+61-2) 6773 5142. Email: This research involves assessment of several visual and performing art events in terms of their potential to influence our environmental behaviour.


The creative urge is fundamental to the human condition and provides a conspicuous common ground between members of Landcare and the arts, prompting us to ask whether artists can become more involved in changing community behaviour toward the environment.