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Localities Enhancing Arts Participation
VicHealth and three local governments are embarking on a multi-year program that will use arts and cultural activities to increase participation and decrease social isolation in the participating communities, Ballarat, Casey and Mildura This ambitious and innovative pilot program is called Localities Enhancing Arts Participation, or LEAP for short.
Participating in the arts contributes directly to individual and community health and wellbeing by improving social inclusion and connectedness and individual self-esteem. Participation in groups is linked with less psychological distress, better mental health and higher levels of self-reported personal and neighbourhood wellbeing.