The official journal of the Global Alliance for Arts & Health is published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, and is an exciting new benefit of membership. See film clips and documentaries, hear from educators and researchers, witness performances and stories, listen to readings,..visit the links below and get acquainted with some of the people who actively use the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice for hope and change.
In addition to many advances made in mental health services, the arts are used to treat and educate communities about risk, prevention and care for wide ranging public health, environmental and medical issues including obesity, asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, heart disease, dementia, palliative care, hospice services, and violence as a health epidemic.
Whilst it is important to recognise the uniqueness of arts therapists and their intensive training to engage with clients who cannot participate in performance or participative arts activity, it does not follow that arts therapies are the right intervention for ALL clients ALL the time.
For example, a writer who wanted to carry out a residency in a hospital to create new work had to squeeze his project into a funding application for the Arts Council of Ireland to fit into a participatory arts box, under which section all arts and health activities are considered.
The majority of those consulted added strength to the model by sharing work experiences where their arts work in healthcare was confused for something else by clinical staff or where they felt aspects of arts practice were neglected (for example noise pollution or interior design considerations in hospitals).