In June 2013, Vic Health, in partnership with Arts Victoria and Castanet, published a valuable guide exemplifying key ways the arts is of great benefit in and for communities. This is an important and interesting collaboration between the Health and Arts sectors.
Below is a summary that describes the importance of the Making Art With Communities: A Work Guide:
“Art helps us to explore and interpret our stories and, in turn, share discoveries and learn more about how other people see the world. Participation in arts activities expand our networks, strengthen our social bonds and bring our communities closer together – the foundations for mental wellbeing.” (http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/Publications/Social-connection/Making-Art-with-Communities-A-Work-Guide.aspx)
Topics covered include:
- Arts in the community
- Working with communities
- Working with artists
- Developing the project concept
- Managing the project
- Managing people
- Managing budgets and resources
- Managing events
- Completing the project.
Please click on this link for a PDF copy of the guide. It is worthwhile reading.