We are working with health partners to pilot arts and health projects as a stepping stone to developing a new area of activity for the county. Increasingly attention is being given to the value of the arts in enhancing job satisfaction and the well being of professional and family caregivers. Despite that fact, and despite the invested effort and growth of knowledge and understanding in each arena, it is interesting that we often still find ourselves struggling with the fundamentals” of art and health and their meaning in society.
Participatory arts programmes: Getting involved in the arts provides both social and creative outlets for people who are ill – either with physical health issues or mental health issues. It is important to note the value of different arts activities and events in everyday life, and the equivalent value in situations where health is compromised.
Author of the seminal work in arts and community health..A Social Tonic’, Mike remained committed to the principles of the Welfare State and a believer that creativity, culture and the arts were central to flourishing communities. 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.
Identify and begin to evaluate and apply information from a range of sources relevant to personal, individual and community health. PG Cert, PG Dip, and MA: research funding bid and ethics forms, journal article, project and project management documentation PG Dip and MA: project with evaluation, practice placement and reflective portfolio.
The project came about as a result of an initiative from the National Centre for the Arts in Health based in Tallaght Hospital. Community Well-being Arts and health benefit communities by engaging people in programs aimed at prevention and wellness activities and sharing information to improve health literacy.