Future Reset is VicHealth’s latest partnership with the arts sector to move the dial on young peoples collective health and wellbeing. Together, we’re enhancing mental wellbeing and social connection through, art, creativity and culture, with young people leading the charge. Because when you put art and young people together, something amazing happens – a future with unimaginable potential!
Future Reset has made me realise what a thriving and healthy arts sector could be – reciprocal, gentle, deep, slow and emergent, slowly evolving and responding to the nuances of communities, young people and arts audiences. It’s a game changer. Period.Penny Harpham, CEO Western Edge
We know that the pandemic has brought into clearer view widening global inequalities rooted in intersecting structures of race, class, gender, heteronormativity and ableism. The burden of these inequalities is reflected in various social, health and economic outcomes as well as people’s sense of belonging, safety, and (in)security in institutions and everyday contexts.
We developed the Future Reset program to respond to these challenges. It’s part of a growing body of public health initiatives around the world seeking to increase social connectedness and wellbeing more generally through community-based art projects.
Together our 9 arts organisations will work to create a collection of youth-led art projects over the next 2 years, right across Victoria. Each organisation gets their very own investment, hiring a young creative leader to champion their work. Future Reset is giving young people a voice to create their own artistic vision – supporting mental wellbeing in the process - for their communities and with their communities.