Supporting healthy communities through arts programs


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Practice guide

January 2014


By reviewing the research literature, this paper considers the role of the arts in building and supporting healthy communities. It examines what works, what doesn't, and what further research is needed. The author recommends this paper be read in conjunction with an earlier paper on the role of sporting and recreational programs in supporting healthy communities, as the literature indicates remarkably similar groups of benefits between arts, sports, and recreation programs.

This report was produced by AIFS staff for the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse was a Council of Australian Governments’ initiative jointly funded by all Australian Governments. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies was funded from 2009 to 2014 to deliver the Clearinghouse.

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