Arts, health & well-being
Arts health and wellbeing recognises the value of the arts within a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. The two fields are linked, and they share many characteristics. Partnerships between health and cultural disciplines are a natural mix, as each is concerned with wellbeing and change. Ccd processes fit well into arts health and wellbeing programs and projects. This is especially true where community wellbeing is concerned.
Community wellbeing could be described as the degree of integration in a community between its economic, socio-cultural, and environmental spheres.
Ccd programs and projects in communities may be focussing on particular aspects of the communities wellbeing, such as the communication of issues important to the community, addressing resourcing issues, providing opportunities for skills development or forums for community planning.
Sustainability is an important focus of work concerned with community wellbeing. Wellbeing is holistic and operates on a continuum; therefore change needs to be seen in a larger context. This is where partnerships are particularly important, as they provide an integrated approach to the work, acknowledging the complexity of community wellbeing.
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SLOW TUCKER, LONG YARN
Tom E Lewis and Jayne Nankivell tell us the story of a project which involved six communities in the development of their own communities health in the Katherine region, Northern Territory.
ART AND WELLBEING; SECURING THE CONNECTIONS – INTEGRATING POLICY AND PRACTICE
Deborah Mills provides insight into the Australia Council CCDB report which explores the inter-relatedness of social, cultural, economic and environmental factors in governments' understanding of wellbeing in a community context.
A PERSONAL PLACE WITHIN A SPACE – HEALTH AS A CULTURAL CONTEXT
Helen Zigmond takes us on her journey in the development of CLACIA ‘Creatively linking a Community through Its Arts', a model of ccd practice currently being trialed in regional NSW.
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Social inclusion describes the notion that everyone has the right to participate in social activity, and that socio-cultural activity is important for the health of individuals. This term has recently been introduced in Australian arts funding policy to describe the way that community-based arts activity can contribute to wellbeing. It is a term that can be used across different spheres of activity, making it a useful common-ground term (like social capital).
Creative Connections details learnings from the Community Arts Participation Scheme funded under the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation's Mental Health Promotion Plan 1999-2002.
|The strength of the community arts process|
is its ability to bring diverse people
together around a common project
and sense of purpose.
Puppets Promoting Positive Health
House. Home. Homelessness
PRACTISING ARTS AND HEALTH – WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Christine Putland sets the scene exploring the precise relationship between art and health.
AUSTALIAN ARTS AND HEALTH 1997 – 2003: A SIX YEAR PERSPECTIVE
Sally Clifford and Jo Kaspari retrospectively report on the development of the Arts and Health sector in Australia since 1997.
ON YOUR OWN TWO FEET
A creative blending of image and text which explores how the arts have aided and abetted one woman, Susie Fraser, in developing an interest in resilience.
WORKING TOGETHER FOR WELLBEING – A VIEW FROM COMMUNITY HEALTH
Rosalie Hastwell looks at the language of ccd within a community health setting and discusses the work of North Richmond Community Health Centre, Victoria.
THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS - STATE ARTS AND HEALTH PROGRAMS
Michael McLaughlin discusses the impacts of state based Arts and Health funding on local Community Arts practice.
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Disability culture is emerging as a creative force that asks everyone to encounter their own boundaries and to reach beyond stereotypes. Ccd projects and programs that work across the disability fields are informed by issues of access, health and art practice that is exciting and bold. Access to information, services, places and products is an issue for everyone, not just those with experience of disability.
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DADAA – PLACE OF DISABILITY IN ARTS, HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Gareth Wreford, Director of DADAA National Network looks at some key issues and discussions around arts, disability and health. http://www.ccd.net/pdf/DADAA.pdf
Nick Hughes reports on changes in the nexus of art, culture and disability.
Lisa Beilby reports on a project from regional towns in southern Queensland for participants experiencing disability and disadvantage.
Back Theatre production Soft
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Australian Network for Arts and Health (ANAH)
Based in Brisbane, Queensland, ANAH is a peak industry body for the Australian arts and health sector, and works to support artists and other professionals who use the arts in the pursuit of health and well being.
As such ANAH represents, networks and advocates on behalf of it's members by way of information dissemination and facilitating industry discussion. This site is a means by which ANAH processes and disseminates up to-date national industry activity and information.
Disability in the Arts Disadvantage in the Arts Australia
DADAA is the peak body for arts and disability, arts and disadvantage in Australia. DADAA aims to achieve equal access to the arts for all Australians. This site gives an overview of DADAA and it's member organisations. This site also has useful links and publications for artists and arts organisations.
Health and Arts Research Centre, Inc. (HARC)
is a not for profit, non governmental organization whose purpose is to research, publish, train, create employment for local artists and cultural workers, and further advance the synergy between arts, culture and wellbeing.
Flinders Medical Centre Arts in Health Program
Arts in Health at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) is a unique program in South Australia that is integrating arts into the daily life of the hospital and enhancing FMC's role as a leading health promoting hospital. Arts in Health is managed by an active steering group of South Australian arts and health professionals, and driven by a specialist Arts Coordinator.
VicHealth aims to build stronger communities through the arts to promote better mental health and well-being for everyone.
Jesuit Social Services
Deborah Mills reviews Engaging Art: The Artful Dodgers Studio – A Theoretical Model of Practice by Martin Thiele and Sally Marsden