For much of the preservation of art deco throughout Queensland, it is the groups and organizations that exist that deserve much of the credit for this.
Art Deco in the Tropics
Innisfail is fortunate to have had the input of Peter Kenyon. He was invited to help stimulate this community, and he did so by putting his focus on the architecture that this region had. To begin his tasks, he formed an Art Deco Society.
Not just relying on his own expertise, Peter went to Robin Grow. He had held the position of President of the Art Deco and Modernism Society of Melbourne. Upon some of his suggestions, Art Deco in the Tropics was founded.
The Tasks at Hand
This new society set out with the intent of educating the town’s residents. This came with many challenges but eventually, success was achieved. Businesses became more enthusiastic about their premises and put forth a reasonable effort at giving them the makeovers they were badly in need of, without taking away from the art deco features that they possessed.
Lessons to Be Learned
Relying on the success of this organization, many other groups and organizations were able to learn much from what they had implemented. They basically performed six steps that led to the success of protecting the art deco features and the heritage that they possessed. These were comprised of:
- Education and promotion
- Encouraged of new designs
- Student learning programs
- Worked with counsels
- Worked in harmony with local businesses
- Built strong relationships with other art deco organizations.
These steps have formed the foundation for many groups and organizations to build upon. By doing so, it has given them the guidance and strength needed to fulfil the responsibilities they have taken on when it comes to the preservation of art deco and its value.