Creative arts therapists and community artists work in diverse settings across a wide spectrum of populations, assisting people through all life stages. The arts can have positive effects on quality of life and have been shown to foster mental, physical, and social benefits as well as result in fewer doctors’ visits, reduced use of medications, lessened anxiety and depression, improved memory and socialization skills, and increased levels of independence in a variety of populations and settings.
I presented a keynote for the Arts Based Research Network, Acadia, Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, A Pond of Interdisciplinary Opportunity, followed the next year by the course Problems in Education Research in Creativity (MEd Curriculum Studies) and a keynote for the Acadia School of Education Summer Institute, Navigating the Tides of Challenge and Change through the Creative Arts in Education and Research.
Three years later, in consultation with the journal advisory board and to reflect the publication’s broadening scope and international status as the open access peer reviewed academic journal in the field, the journal was renamed The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, IJCAIP.
The field has become an inter- and multi-disciplinary arena for those concerned with research, policy and practice initiatives, including artists, health care professionals, community workers, and researchers in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
In it you will find information about the Dementia & Imagination project; some key ingredients for delivering research-informed visual arts projects; case studies, a set of guiding principles, quotes from people involved in the programme, and some recommendations.