A leading theatre director from America and a prominent Australian author will visit Noosa for a 'creative mind-hive' exploring artistic strategies for change.
Washington-based Professor Leslie Jacobson and Adelaide-based Professor Jeri Kroll are being hosted by CQUniversity Noosa.
Professor Jacobson has spent 40 years producing, writing, directing and teaching theatre committed to addressing societal challenges and to giving voice to marginalised people.
Meantime, Professor Kroll has written 25 socially-engaged titles for adults and young people, winning two Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Awards.
CQUni Creative Industries Professor Donna Lee Brien says community artists and art workers, writers, actors, directors, researchers and students will converge for the opportunity to explore using the arts to effect social change or social justice.
The event will include a theatre presentation written by CQUniversity Associate Professor Susan Davis, based on the writing of pioneering activist artists Kathleen McArthur and Judith Wright.
"While technology has transformed the artist's tool-kit in how art is made and how audiences experience it, story and human interaction are still foundational to action for change," Professor Brien says.
"The ability to connect to all parts of the world with increasing ease makes communicating artistic creations truly global.
"Artists and arts workers influence, and are influenced by, work from every part of the globe, although action and goals can also be very locally-focused. In these ways, artists can use their arts to foment change, raise awareness, mold public opinion, and move others to action.