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The City of Ballarat will work with Ararat Rural City Council, Golden Plains,
Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees shires to establish a Central Highlands
Arts Network. This organisation will map and promote cultural activities
across the region. It will also encourage the arts community to develop new
links with sectors including schools, sporting groups and workplaces. In the
second stage of the program professional artists and companies will be
appointed to work within communities to provide diverse cultural
The City of Ballarat will also work with VicHealth and the School of
Population Health at the University of Melbourne on a ground-breaking
study to design, record and evaluate, over a three year period, the benefits
that participating in the arts has on health.
Evidence shows that when community participation in social and arts
activity is high, there is reduced crime, increased employment rates and
enhanced educational performance. There is also strong evidence that
mental health and wellbeing is improved amongst individuals who
participate in social networks and activities in the arts like singing, music,
dancing or theatre groups.
For further information about the program visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/leap
Great LEAP into Arts
The City of Ballarat is joining forces with five other Central Highlands
municipalities to deliver an innovative arts for health program.
Localities Enhancing Arts Participation (LEAP) will provide communities
with more opportunities to participate in the arts. The City of Ballarat has
received $600,000 from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
(VicHealth) to deliver the three year program.
Only three out of the 36 applications made by councils were successful.
The other two LEAP projects will be coordinated by the Mildura Rural City
Council and the City of Casey.
The local program was recently launched at Learmonth. The launch
featured a bluegrass band called Elsworth St Ramblers, an Indigenous
arts project titled 'Our Culture, Our Heritage', and a salsa dance workshop.
The local LEAP project will be called 6x3x1, which stands for six
municipalities working together, on three goals, as one united team. The
three goals are to reclaim public spaces, refresh connections and
community stories, and reinforce new and existing connections.
Below: Bluegrass band the Elsworth St Ramblers perform at the LEAP launch
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