The Alliance consistently supports close collaboration between arts and health practitioners as a key element in building wellbeing and health for all Australians. There are many different ways in which this work is described (arts in health, arts for health, arts and health, etc) but essentially they are all about the effect that active engagement can have on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
Arts participation is a core value across all areas of the Arts Council’s work as reflected in the current mission statement , which commits to increasing public access, participation and engagement in the arts, as well as assisting artists of all disciplines to make work of excellence.
Cheryl L. McLean is a leading international contributor to the field of creative arts in interdisciplinary practice (CAIP) and founder and publisher of The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice (IJCAIP) and has edited the research books Creative Arts in Humane Medicine, Creative Arts for Community and Cultural Change and Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice (Brush Education, Edmonton).
Cheryl L. McLean M.A. is Publisher of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice ( ) and Editor, Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice Inquiries for Hope and Change, Creative Arts for Community and Cultural Change and Creative Arts in Humane Medicine (Brush Education, Edmonton) Cheryl has taught Problems in Education Research in Creativity (. Curriculum Studies) and was recently awarded a Harrison McCain Visiting Professorship grant.
From time to time I’m lucky enough to facilitate discussions about arts and health with groups including graduate students in public health, social work and gerontology, parks and recreation managers, arts administrators and occupational health and safety teams.