Guide to community cultural development and wellbeing activity
Research has shown that direct involvement by communities in arts activity can contribute significantly to individual and community wellbeing and can enhance the efforts of government agencies in realising their policies for community wellbeing and ecologically sustainable communities. This guide, published by the Australia Council for the Arts, presents several case studies demonstrating that community-based creative processes can be very powerful in strengthening the knowledge, engagement, social capital and leadership required to achieve policy objectives.
The case study material is grouped under seven themes, which represent key priorities for governments in Australia in achieving community wellbeing:
- Ecologically sustainable development;
- Public housing and place;
- Rural revitalisation;
- Community strengthening;
- Active citizenship;
- Social inclusion and cultural diversity.
The guide states that if governments wish to more effectively enhance community wellbeing, they need to recognise or incorporate the community's culture within government policies and strategies. They can do this through participatory creative processes.
According to the Australia Council for the Arts the full potential of community cultural development is achieved when it is effectively integrated into the way in which an agency goes about its business. The case studies in Artand Wellbeing demonstrate how this is already happening.
The book also provides a five stage scheme for integrating community cultural development and presents sample proposals suggesting how integration might be achieved in future programs.
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