Atlantic Health System and Montclair State University have an Arts and Health Partnership Our goals include research and publication, performance and exhibitions, and training and education in the areas of arts, health care and the medical humanities. The Austin Hope and Pilkington Trust has grants available for projects that relate to music and the arts. Poor health status does not necessarily lead to respondents appreciating art less. Designing our facilities to create welcoming and healing environments by incorporating the arts inside and outside the hospitals and creating areas for relaxation and contemplation.
However, it is also important to recognise that intensive training is involved to work as an arts educator, performer or collaborative artist in healthcare settings. The Tar Jar was purchased by another health educator in my building, and is displayed to the right.
You could think of it as a kind of meeting around the desktop or an ongoing scrapbook of sorts built around things connected to the CAIP (Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice) Research series. The centre also offers consultation and advice to services establishing arts and health programmes and regularly gives presentations on its work, within both medical and arts settings.
In addition, the three hospital foundations (the Adelaide Health Foundation, the Meath Foundation and the National Children’s Hospital Foundation) have been very supportive of a wide range of arts and health projects. This is a very useful model as it focuses on the role of music in forming identity, creating communities, in sharing moments and as a professional activity within healthcare.
Thirty-nine women with stage 1 or stage 2 breast cancer were randomly assigned to an experimental group that took part in an individual creative arts therapy intervention or to a delayed treatment control group. The policy and strategy was developed following a period of consultation and research with the arts and health sector, which included Vital Signs , a series of arts and health events that took place in October 2009.