Interdisciplinary artists Somewhere collaborate with Noma architects and Landscape Architects Barry Chinn on the interior and landscape design for a new dementia care home in Bristol. The autumn arts for health courses are well under way now and participants are enjoying a diverse range of arts activities including printmaking, drawing, pottery and writing for wellbeing. With over 100 arts initiatives currently underway across NSW, I know just how dynamic this sector has become, a fact I’m delighted to see firsthand when I visit hospitals and community health centres right around the state. However, in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered. As a community interest company, Creative Health is non-shareholding and non-profit making.
In many disadvantaged urban areas, children and teens lack access to the kinds of rich and ongoing experiences with the arts that are available to young people from higher income communities, both in school and outside of the classroom. Many of these models are based on new findings in brain research and cognitive development, and they embrace a variety of approaches: using the arts as a learning tool (for example, musical notes to teach fractions); incorporating arts into other core classes (writing and performing a play about, say, slavery); creating a school environment rich in arts and culture (Mozart in the hallways every day) and hands-on arts instruction.
Others come with specific academic or professional interests: using the arts as therapy for Alzheimer’s patients, arts integration, the design of after-school arts programs, the use of the arts with incarcerated populations, or promoting intercultural understanding through the arts.