25 Sep, 2009 Last updated: 27 Nov, 2014

Evaluation of VicHealth's Community Arts Development Scheme (CADS), which provided 3-year support for three arts organisations that work with people from marginalised or otherwise disadvantaged communities to provide opportunities for personal and community development through the arts.

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The Community Arts Development Scheme (CADS) was established by VicHealth in 2005. It provided 3-year support for three arts organisations that work with people from marginalised or otherwise disadvantaged communities to provide opportunities for personal and community development through the arts.

The Scheme’s aim was to improve the capacity of these three organisations to facilitate and maintain social inclusion, civic engagement and the valuing of diversity to prevent discrimination and violence.

At the same time VicHealth funded a three-year evaluation with a view to improving the health evidence for community-based arts practice and increasing awareness, across multiple sectors, of the impact of this activity on mental health and wellbeing at both individual and community levels.