arts and health

Make Your Mark arts courses as part of Sussex Recovery College

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Make Your Mark (MYM) is the Arts and Health programme for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust launched in January 2015.  

MYM Aim

Project eARTh (Environmental Arts &health)

Project eARTh, High Peak Community Arts

Aims and objectives:
For adults experiencing mental distress or other long term conditions to work collectively in high quality participatory arts projects to create art works for local communities.

  • Through the above, for participants to improve wellbeing, learn new skills, build confidence and self -esteem, be more ready to meet challenges, to reduce isolation, be more active in the community, and improve their life chances.
  • To enrich people’s lives through creation of high quality artworks.

Description of the arts activity

Research Directory (Global Alliance for Arts in Health - US)

Organisation: 
Global Alliance for the Arts in Health (US)

This Research Directory, made possible by a partnership with the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, is regularly updated with research from the field.  

A Guide to Research Ethics for Arts Therapists and Arts & Health Practitioners

Organisation: 
Nordoff Robbins

This practical guide aims to inspire ethically-aware practitioners to become ethically-aware researchers, evaluators and participants. Conducting a research project, whatever the setting, requires not only knowledge of research methods but also an in-depth understanding of research ethics. Embedded in 'real life' experiences of research ethics applications, this guide navigates the reader through research ethics procedures, drawing from legislation and a range of research ethics committee regulations.

A Guide to Evaluation for Arts Therapists and Arts & Health Practitioners

Organisation: 
Nordoff Robbins

Evaluation is crucial to the development and sustainability of Arts Therapy and Arts & Health practices.

This guide supports practitioners in their quest to integrate thorough evaluation procedures in their everyday practices by providing practical guidance for designing, planning and implementing bespoke evaluation projects.

The Role of Culture & Sport in Health & Wellbeing

Organisation: 
Chief Cultural & Leisure Officers Association; National Leisure & Culture Forum

The Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association has posted its guide to best practice in local authority engagement in arts and health. The organisation has produced a brochure showcasing a range of local authority arts in health case studies from across the country highlighting the benefits to public health of commissioning arts and leisure activity.

Collaborative local governance for arts in health: Learning from an arts programme for hospital-based stroke patients

Organisation: 
Isle of Wight NHS

The issue of training, supervision of artists and governance of arts and health practice is a major area requiring resolution for the development of arts-in-health practice. Moss and O’Neill posit that arts and health practice should be regulated and professionalized, whilst Mike White argues that arts practice should be the collective responsibility of local agencies and individuals working together to establish arts and health programmes. There has been limited discussion and debate within and between leading arts and health organizations.

The state of arts and health in England

Organisation: 
Global Alliance for the Arts in Health (US)

This paper provides an overview of the current state of the arts and health field in England, through an examination of practice, research and policy developments. Five features of arts and health practice are identified: the scale of the sector, regional variations, mapping of arts and health initiatives, recent conferences and symposia, and the role of key agencies supporting arts and health initiatives.

The arts, identity and belonging: A longitudinal study

Organisation: 
Arts & Health, Society for the Arts in Healthcare

The aim of the research was to elicit and understand how people told their stories of their involvement with a community arts programme promoting mental health. Using a narrative approach, the research included interviews with 11 participants who were interviewed up to three times over a one-year period. The data were subject to a narrative analysis, incorporating thematic, event and relational analysis. Partial individual narratives from four participants are presented. Findings reveal that the project facilitated new personal, social and occupational opportunities for participants.

New theories and research findings on the positive influence of music and art on health with ageing

Organisation: 
Center on Aging, Health & Humanities, The George Washington University , Washington, USA

This review is about the latest theories of the underlying mechanisms that explain why music and art promote health and have positive influences on the course of illness with ageing.

It is also about the latest findings demonstrating the positive effects that music and the arts in general have on health with ageing; cost savings to society associated with these positive findings will also be discussed.

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