Making art with communities: a work guide...

Community arts projects are being increasingly seen in the health area. Participation in arts activities expands networks, strengthens social bonds and brings communities closer together, which are the foundations for mental wellbeing.

A community-based arts project is where an artist works with a community to facilitate a creative process that enables participants to express their needs, aspirations, inspirations, identity or sense of place.

Community-based arts projects are increasingly being used by organisations and groups in areas such as youth, health and community development because they are able to reach people and have a meaningful impact on their lives. Artists and arts organisations have been working with communities for many years.

Making art with communities: a work guide brings together some of their knowledge and experience to assist people who want to undertake community-based arts projects, but may have limited experience. It has been developed to inspire, inform and support both artists and community members.

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