Co-designed Projects

Bringing diverse expertise together for shared benefits.

 

We have a long history of working in partnership with organisations from the health, education, community, cultural and private sectors to co-design projects that work.

Tailoring project design to desired outcomes that consider partner’s organisational structure, culture, needs, interests, time constraints, venues, resources and desired modes of communicating has proven very effective in promoting community well-being and creating benefits to organisations.

Hazara women in the living room

The Living Room Project

 

A partnership with Catholic Care, Kickstart Arts helped to create space for their client community; a group of Hazara women.  The Hazara are an ethnic group native to the mountainous region of Hazarajat in central Afghanistan.

 

The aim was to communicate their needs and achieve positive outcomes, and among them a greater level of cultural understanding amongst local government, Centrelink and health services.

 

This included Hazara women creating their own space – a Living Room – and teaching organisational representatives about their culture, their journey to Australia and how their family relationships operate.

Hazara women painting mural in attic

The Freedom Project

 

A partnership with The Department Of Justice to co-design a program that provides people convicted of drug possession within a Court Mandated Drug Diversion program supportive creative processes led by artists working with Corrections staff that helps them to overcome addiction rather than end up in prison. 

 

This was funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund and will be backed by independent expert evaluation in order to help prove the practice and its positive effects for participants, partners and artists.  

Freedom Project art being made

The Evidence

There is a large body of evidence that reveals that engaging in cultural and creative activities helps people feel less lonely, results in better physical and mental health, and leads to a happier and healthier old age.

Projects and programs are more relevant and effective if they are actively designed in an adaptive way with participants and partner agencies.  

Australian based research commissioned by think tank A New Approach, adds to the growing evidence that arts and culture has major benefits for quality of life:

ArtsHub (AUS)

Website: New report confirms arts' benefits for health, ageing and wellbeing

Public Health Post (USA)

Website: Public Art as Public Health

University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Website: Research Shows How Arts and Culture Improve Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK)

PDF: Cultural Value - Music, Empathy and Cultural Understanding

Tasmanian Department of Health (AUS)

PDF: Tasmanian Population Health Survey 2019 - Key Findings

Medical News Today (UK)

Website: What are the health benefits of being creative?

Network Weaving

A few examples of local programs that might suit you.

RANT Arts (TAS): To develop, support and empower creative communities - a not-for-profit Peak Arts Organisation based in Regional Tasmania. We are a creative producer, facilitator, administrator and advocate for the arts. Our key priorities are regional arts, youth arts and health, disability and wellbeing in the arts. 

Website: RANT Arts

The Humour Foundation (AUS): Clown Doctors.  Medical clowns who are highly trained, professional performers who spread ‘doses’ of fun and laughter throughout the hospital, working to uplift sick kids.

Website: Clown Doctors

Arts Health Tasmania: We champion engagement and participation in the arts as a path to improved health and wellbeing for all Tasmanians.

Website: Arts Health Tasmania Facebook Page

Healthy Tasmania: The Tasmanian Government is partnering with the community to help Tasmanians live longer and healthier lives.

Website: Healthy Tasmania

Health Promotion Association Coordinator (South Tasmania): Jacquie Maginnis.

Website: Health Promotion Association - Jacquie Maginnis

The Kickstart Arts Centre is reopening according to government COVID-19 guidelines.

All advertised events and activities are subject to these guidelines and may be cancelled at any time.

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