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Big West festival 2011 - Little West
Image: Carla Gottgens

There is empirical evidence supporting the view that the creative and cultural industries can make a vital contribution to our wellbeing. The arts do not offer a panacea for the complex issues that cause social exclusion, but there is a growing recognition that even a modest investment in cultural and creative industries can deliver significant social outcomes.

The social impact value of creative and cultural participation and experience is profound. Strong partnerships already exist between creative industries and government and non-government providers of social services. which help to address serious social and community issues and to improve outcomes in areas such as health, disability, education and justice.

This is happening in diverse ways: design-thinking and digital games, art, music, movement, screen content and storytelling are all improving outcomes for individuals and communities.

There are many examples of success, but there is also great opportunity to further connect creative and cultural industries with non-government organisations, other parts of government, social entrepreneurs and the philanthropic sector to exponentially grow the ways in which creative and cultural industries can contribute to social change.

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