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Supporting healthy communities through arts programs

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posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by Vicki WareVicki Ware
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.

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Volume

28

Series

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse Resource Sheets

Pagination

1 - 23

Publisher

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Place of publication

Canberra, Australia

ISSN

2201-845X

ISBN-13

978-1-74249-534-7

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This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologise for any distress that may occur.

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English

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Closing the Gap Clearinghouse; http://www.aihw.gov.au/closingthegap/

Publication classification

A6 Research report/technical paper

Copyright notice

2014, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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