Community cultural development across Far North Queensland with a health focus

Community cultural development across Far North Queensland with a health focus Conference Paper

14th National Rural Health Conference

  • Author(s): Jenuarrie
  • Secondary Author(s): Coleman, Leanne
  • Published: 2017
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance

Abstract: Arts Nexus Inc. has a clear mission across all of Far North Queensland: growing creative people, communities and industries. Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) that builds capacity, values cultural diversity and fosters resilience, is essential in creating liveable communities. CACD is explained very well by the Australia Council: “Community arts and cultural development is distinct from other arts practice as it is the creative processes and relationships developed with community to make the art that defines it, not the art form or genre. What is at the core of this practice, however, is the collaboration between professional artists and communities to create art.” Today I would like to share with you some of the many examples of the work being done in the Far North Queensland region through the efforts of many members and partners of Arts Nexus, from community arts and cultural development (CACD) practitioners themselves to the many arts and community groups. Encompassing Cape York and the Torres Straits, our region has grown to have some of the most diverse cultures and lifestyles in the nation. These great examples demonstrate how arts and culture are the essential elements to ensure community wellbeing and resilience. “Arts with a health focus” has a real impact on the various social determinants that affect our ability to be resilience to challenges and change. Community Cultural development projects begin with your inner circle, starting from where you are, regardless of skills and resources. If success can be measured by personal growth and potential, then these are most inspiring and personally rewarding for everyone involved.

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Jenuarrie, 2017, Community cultural development across Far North Queensland with a health focus, Conference Paper, viewed 16 July 2019, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=12150.

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