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Art Form: A workbook for young people

Art Form is a workbook for young people to help advocate for the arts as part of your NDIS plan.

Created as part of the Connecting the Dots project, Art Form was officially launched in Feb 2018.

"I can't imagine my world without art because that's how you express yourself."
- Phoenix



Designed by and for young people with disability and mental health issues, Art Form is a notebook, diary, journal or planning tool, where you can plan, list, record and explore your passion for art.

As an individual you have rights and should be treated fairly. You have the right to take part in arts and culture, to:

  • Be creative
  • Make art
  • Learn new creative and artistic skills
  • Go to an arts event
  • Work in the arts
  • Say you want art in your life or health plan
  • Say how important art is to you
  • Stand up for your right to make art
  • Take responsibility for how you want to be involved in the arts
  • Use art to say something about your life

Being involved in the arts can improve your health and well-being. The National Arts and Health Framework states that:

Art for health can be a:

  • Way of communicating sensitive health issues
  • Means of individual self-expression and personal development
  • Tool for enhancing community engagement, social relationships and communication

Being involved in the arts can help you to feel good about yourself, give your day purpose and meaning. Art can make you feel happier and healthier, emotionally and physically and give you new skills. Being involved in the arts can make you feel less isolated, and connect you with a community of people. To explore the ways art benefits your health and well-being:

  • Download Art Form
  • Watch the Art and You video, to hear from young people talking about why art is important in their lives

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Arts Access Victoria would like to thank and acknowledge the Youth Arts Network of young people who have a lived experience or are passionate about mental health, for their guidance and assistance in co-designing, writing and creating these resources.

Art Form booklet, Art and You and Art Advocacy films have been produced as part of the Connecting the Dots project and supported by The Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation. Art Form booklet graphic design by Carla McKee. Art and You and Art Advocacy films by Singing Bowl Media.


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