VicHealth supports arts and cultural initiatives that promote mental wellbeing and health equity, encourage physical activity and healthy eating, and prevent harm from alcohol and tobacco.
Participating in arts and cultural activities has multiple benefits for health and wellbeing: strengthening community connection, providing platforms for less prominent voices, and opportunities for bringing people together to develop creative solutions to health promotion challenges.
Through our long-standing commitment to the arts, we aim to improve population health and reduce health inequities by:
increasing participation and diversity in the arts through the development of strong partnerships between the creative sector and the broader community
supporting creative initiatives that promote healthy lifestyles, encourage dialogue around health-related issues, and increase health literacy
ensuring that arts and cultural settings are healthy and welcoming environments for all Victorians.
Everyday Creativity Program
Fostering new approaches that ensure more arts and cultural experiences are available to more people more often.
Art of Good Health Program
Supporting partnerships to develop creative solutions that address health challenges and enhance health promotion strategies.
Indigenous Arts Program
VicHealth has a long and proud history of supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander initiatives in the arts and creative industries. Connection to culture is crucially important to health and wellbeing, especially involving the voices of next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in conversations around solution and decision that will impact their future.
Future Makers for Change
Artists and creatives across the state are joining forces with community organisations to help tackle some of the state’s biggest challenges with support from VicHealth, Creative Victoria and others in the new Future Makers for Change program.
$2.6 million will support nine game changing projects that will showcase the powerful role creativity can play in driving social change.
An initiative of the Creative State strategy, Future Makers for Change is part of a new Social Impact program, a cross-government initiative to support creative projects that complement government efforts in areas including mental wellbeing, social cohesion, gender equality and family violence.
Water in Arts: Live music venues
VicHealth is working to increase the supply, access and promotion of water as a drink of choice in live music venues.