To ensure that CAN’s projects are best-practice we appoint qualified researchers to evaluate our programs. View evaluations of our projects below.

March 2015

‘Arts and Culture in Western Australian Local Government’: a report produced by CAN and the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA.

May 2014

CAN WA‘s Managing Director Pilar Kasat’s article in the Griffith Review – Cultural Solutions #44 – Notes from the front edition ‘Tools for social transformation: ‘Making the personal creative and political’ PDF 111kb

February 2014

CAN WA’s Managing Director Pilar Kasat’s Masters Thesis: ‘Community Arts and Cultural Development: A Powerful Tool for Social Transformation’ PDF 4.8mb


Spinning a yarn for community: Noongar women and CAN WA’s doll making project by Dave Palmer (published in Yarns of the Heart: Noongar Dolls catalogue) PDF 3.5MB


Download Naked Practice: Outcomes of two community arts projects in regional Western Australia
PDF 799kb

July 2008

Download Drawing out community empowerment through arts and culture report
PDF 3.2mb

June 2007

Download Paving Pathways for Youth Inclusion: The Contribution of Community Cultural Development by Simone Ruane
PDF 872kb

September 2002

Download Conceptualising Community Cultural DevelopmentThe Role of Cultural Planning in Community Change
PDF 145kb


CAN’s work has featured in a number of academic research reports that take an in-depth look at community arts and cultural development, the practice and its impact. See some of these reports below, available to download.

Green, M. J. & C. C. Sonn (2008). Drawing out community empowerment through arts and cultural practice. Perth, WA, Community Arts Network, Western Australia.

Quayle, A., Sonn, C., & Kasat, P. (2015). Community arts as public pedagogy: Disruptions into public memory through Aboriginal counter-storytelling. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/13603116.2015.1047662

Quayle, A. F. & C. C. Sonn. (2013). Explicating race privilege: Examining symbolic barriers to Aboriginal and non-Indigenous partnership. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 19(5), 552-570.

Sonn, C. C.,Drew, N.M., & Kasat, P. (2002). Conceptualising community cultural development: The role of cultural planning in community change. Perth, WA, Community Arts Network, Western Australia.

Sonn, C., Quayle, A.F., & Kasat, P. (2015). Picturing the Wheatbelt: Exploring and expressing place identity through photography. American Journal of Community Psychology, 55(1-2), 89-101. doi: 10.1007/s10464-014-9686-7

Sonn, C. C. & A. F. Quayle (2014). Community cultural development for social change: Developing critical praxis. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology 6(1), 16-35.

Sonn, C. C. and A. F. Quayle (2013). Developing praxis: Mobilising critical race theory in community cultural development. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 23(5), 435-448. doi: 10.1002/casp.2145

Sonn, C. & A. Quayle (2012). Community psychology, critical theory and community development in Indigenous empowerment. In D. Bretherton and N. Balvin (Eds.), Peace Psychology in Australia (pp. 261-282). New York, NY: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-1403-2_15

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