Making Art with Communities
A Work Guide: Arts Victoria, Vic Health, Castanet August 2016
The idea for Making Art with Communities – A Work Guide has been brewing for some time. As people have become more aware of the value of community-based arts projects, there has been an increasing demand for advice and resources in this field. Arts Victoria, hoping to encourage and support the growth in community-based arts projects, brought together VicHealth and Arts Access to produce a guide – a series of practical help sheets to bring artists and community members together and get new projects off the ground. After considerable research, writing, discussion, debate and with the support of the Castanet network of Victorian arts organisations, artists and government agencies in its latter stage, this publication has emerged. This work guide is not what was initially imagined, because the breadth and depth of community-based arts practice extended far beyond what could be outlined in a set of help sheets. There are many different ways of approaching this kind of arts project, and it is important to find the best model for your specific community. Making Art with Communities – A Work Guide, delivers not just the nitty gritty practicalities, but also snapshots the histories, philosophies and contexts of contemporary community-based arts practice, to help you find a model that fits your project and your community.