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Community Arts and Cultural Development

The FIVE project is a community arts and cultural development (CACD) project. CACD is a model of arts and health that aims to facilitate the social inclusion of people who experience various forms of social, political or economic disadvantage. The practice sees art and cultural activities occurring in a variety of ways, from broad community-based workshops to individual artist development initiatives.

Most CACD organisations, such as DADAA, work in partnership with local communities in order to target specific community needs and to ensure real outcomes. Partnerships might include state and local governments, peak arts and health bodies, local arts or community organisations, or individual professional artists. The most successful CACD projects are those that can stimulate artistic innovation and vibrancy, and use the arts to enhance community wellbeing.

In Australia, several key CACD organisations are funded through the Australia Council for the Arts Community Partnerships program. DADAA – a national leader in the CACD sector – is also a key organisation with the Australia Council.

This is a unique cross sector partnership between the arts sector, the community, the health sector and the resource sector.

Dadaa Principal partnerRio Tinto Arts partner Australia Council