2017 Queensland-Smithsonian Fellow

Dr Donna Hancox

A Queensland creative will have the opportunity of a lifetime after being awarded a $25,000 Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship.

Dr Donna Hancox from QUT’s School of Creative Practice will spend time at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.

Donna said her focus will be to develop regional arts programs that reflect the lived experiences and the everyday creativity of regional and remote communities.

“We sometimes fall down in Queensland in delivering arts programs to regional areas that resonate with those communities,” Dr Hancox said.

“The Cooper Hewitt has a great deal of experience in working with communities in developing arts programs and arts policies that increase civic participation and are reflective of local community life.

“My aim is to learn from what the Cooper Hewitt does successfully and bring those approaches and processes back to Queensland so we can look at developing similar regional arts frameworks here.”

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said that the fellowship program will pay for travel and accommodation expenses in the United States.

“The fellowship program has been running since 2001 and researchers who have been through the program come back to Queensland with strong links to their counterparts in the United States and a wealth of knowledge they share with their colleagues back home.”

The Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship program gives Queenslanders the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers at the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, nine research centres and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world.

Donna is also part of QUT’s Writing the Digital Futures team which is a three year project that brings together international knowledge and expertise in digital writing to cement Queensland as a centre of innovation in writing and publishing within Australia.

The purpose of the Writing the Digital Futures project is to change community and professional perceptions of storytelling and publishing in a digital age, with particular emphasis on transmedia/multi-platform storytelling.