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Creative Engagement ~ DCA

Creative Engagement

Drovers rest in Mingenew. Photo by Julia Anwar McHenry

DCA is committed to supporting access to, and participation in, culture and arts activities for all Western Australian communities.

Research indicates that engagement in culture and arts activities is essential to a community’s social and economic wellbeing. Engagement delivers public value through building tolerance, cultural resilience, and transformative and enriching experiences.

Arts and Wellbeing

Julia Anwar McHenry has completed a four year study supported by the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Project in partnership with The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Regional Development, DCA, and Country Arts WA.

The study investigates the role of the arts in the social wellbeing of rural communities with a focus on WA’s Mid West region, creating new insights by combining qualitative and quantitative research on the nature and impacts of the arts in these communities. 
The outcomes of the research partnership are presented in the paper ‘The Arts and Social Wellbeing in Rural Communities: A Qualitative and Quantitative assessment in the Mid West Region of Western Australia’ and on the blog Art and Wellbeing in Rural Oz.

The study addresses industry calls for more comprehensive research in this area and the findings contribute to broader research on the public value of the arts.

Arts and Health

The Department of Culture and the Arts is working to provide culture and arts activities that assist with community social and economic wellbeing. This work is in line with the Australian Government’s National Arts and Health Framework. For more information on the framework, visit The Institute for Creative Health website.

Arts and Social Well-being in Rural Communities

Arts and Social Wellbeing in Rural Communities: A Qualitative and Quantitative assessment in the Mid West Region of Western Australia.

Published August 2011. By Julia Anwar McHenry. (PDF, 4Mb)

Arts and Social Being in Rural Communities Summary of Research

DCA Summary of Research (PDF, 1Mb)

Creativity and engagement in WA. Cultural attendance 2009-10. Click on the image to expand infographic (pdf, 1.27Mb)