In early September, Geoff and I both attended the first of York St John University’s International Centre for Community Music (ICCM) Conversations. This session featured a presentation by Stephen Clift titled, The need for robust critique of arts and health research – with reference to music and health. Our attention had been grabbed by the titles of both this presentation and a blog post by Stephen, shared with attendees, that suggested a strong resonance with our work with Agrigento.
I have been struggling to write a blog post for Agrigento in response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests around the world. This has felt like an impossible task. As I sit at my desk, in my office in the backyard of our bungalow in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, I wonder what I can possibly add to this conversation?