The Institute for Arts and Health promotes the use of the arts for the health and well being of all individuals in educational, community, and institutional settings. Dr. Norman K. Denzin, one of the world’s most distinguished authorities on qualitative research writes, Performance becomes public pedagogy when it uses the aesthetic, the performative, to foreground the intersections of politics, institutional sites and embodied experience.” (Denzin, 2003 pg. 9). Such dramas” are unique in that they are an embodied way of performing research while artistically provoking change, presenting issues and, at the same time, questioning the status quo through story.
The goals of our review, primarily covering the period 1995 through 2007, were to assess the state of peer-reviewed research on arts and healing, to provide a brief summary of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and results, and to describe the principal categories of creative expression that have emerged as effective means of enhancing health and wellness.
In recent years they have included priority for an arts and health stream at successive National Rural Health Conferences; support for the publication of Seeded – Great arts and health stories grown in regional Australia; and a submission to the National Cultural Policy Discussion Paper Being well – promoting arts and health in Australia’s cultural policy.
Speakers: Paul Crawford University of Nottingham, Health Humanities Research Priority Area and International Health Humanities Network; Alex Coulter Arts & Health South West; Norma Daykin University of Winchester, Centre for Arts as Wellbeing; Brian Hurwitz King’s College London, Centre for the Humanities and Health; Val Huet British Association of Art Therapy; Angela Fenwick Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies.
Funding of between £50,000 and £150,000 per year is available for up to 3 years within six geographical clusters (West Midlands Urban, London East, Tees Valley & Sunderland, Bristol & Somerset, Eastern Counties and Liverpool City Region), will need to have a strong track record of delivering services to young people aged 10-18 (up to 25 if disabled) and have an annual income in the region of £300,000 to £2 million.