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Supporting healthy communities through arts programs

Ware,V 2014, Supporting healthy communities through arts programs, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra, Australia.

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Title Supporting healthy communities through arts programs
Author(s) Ware,VORCID iD for Ware,V orcid.org/0000-0002-5192-3097
Publication date 2014-01
Series Closing the Gap Clearinghouse Resource Sheets
Volume number 28
Total pages 23
Publisher Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Place of publication Canberra, Australia
Summary There are some evaluations, critical descriptions of programs and systematic reviews on the benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from participation in arts programs. These include: improved physical and mental health and wellbeing; increased social inclusion and cohesion; some improvements in school retention and attitudes towards learning; increased validation of, and connection to, culture; improved social and cognitive skills; and some evidence of crime reduction.The effects of arts programs can be powerful and transformative. However, these effects tend to be indirect.For example, using these programs to reduce juvenile anti-social behaviour largely work through diversion: providing alternative safe opportunities to risk taking, maintenance of social status, as well as opportunities to build healthy relationships with Elders and links with culture.Art forms such as song, dance and painting, coupled with ceremony, are integral to cultural continuity and cultural maintenance in Indigenous Australian communities.
ISBN 978-1-74249-534-7
ISSN 2201-845X
Language eng
Field of Research 160501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
160502 Arts and Cultural Policy
160508 Health Policy
200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 940102 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare
HERDC Research category A6 Research report/technical paper
Copyright notice ©2014, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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