Healing Ways: Art with Intent is a growing online community of people interested in exploring the role of art in promoting emotional healing and wellbeing in Aboriginal communities. This space aims to provide information and support discussions about a range of relevant artistic and cultural practices, both past and present, taking place in Aboriginal communities across Australia that encourage emotional wellbeing.
This project grew out of a two-year scoping project facilitated by The Dax Centre and supported by Aboriginal organisations Desart and the Lowitja Institute. In this time The Dax Centre consulted with community leaders, artists, arts workers, scholars and mental health practitioners from Victoria and Central Australia, about how they understood art and related cultural practice to have been useful to emotional wellbeing in Aboriginal communities. Through this process an Advisory Group of Aboriginal stakeholders and industry professionals was created to inform the development of three major outcomes for the project: a symposium, an exhibition and a web-based resource.
The Dax Centre has a long history and experience of using art and creativity to promote a greater understanding of mental illness and trauma among various community groups and the general public. It also believes in, and actively promotes the use of art and creativity for healing and emotional wellbeing.