The dust is settling on Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2015 and plans are already developing for next year. This year more than 25,000 people attended events as part of this festival of arts and health and the overwhelming feedback we have received so far has been really positive. Our thanks go out to all of the people who staged events and hosted get togethers.
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Mike White died earlier this month. Mike was a key figure in developing, shaping and leading the field of arts in health over several decades. His book Arts Development in Community Health: A Social Tonic is perhaps the key text in capturing the value and virtue of the arts in generating good health and wellbeing.
Hundreds of events are now listed as part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week and Creativity and Wellbeing Plus.
LAHF is delighted to announce the appointment of two new Trustees to its Board of Directors. Dr John Wynne is an award winning artist and academic and Jaco Botha is an expert in wellbeing with a background in physiotherapy and the performing arts. They join the existing LAHF board and will be a great asset as the organisation develops over the coming months and years.
The full programme of events for Creativity and Wellbeing Week and Creativity and Wellbeing Plus is now available online (www.creativityandwellbeing.org.uk). Flyers, postcards and programmes are also being sent out all over the country but if you haven’t seen one you can download a full programme of events.
Thank you to everyone who submitted events for inclusion in Creativity and Wellbeing Week and Creativity and Wellbeing Plus. There are some 200 events this year representing the full range of arts in health activity and a real shop window to the ways that the arts can influence health and wellbeing.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts Health and Wellbeing met last month to explore the links between music and health. In a discussion led by Lord (Michael) Berkeley of Knighton the group considered different aspects of the ways in which music could influence health priorities.
The deadline for inclusion in Creativity and Wellbeing Week and Creativity and Wellbeing Plus is today. All events registered on the website will be included in all publicity and promotion for the festival. For full details visit w: www.creativityandwellbeing.org.uk
This week’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week and Creativity and Wellbeing Plus will run from 4th to 12th June and the deadline for events to be included is only three weeks away! This year looks likely to be the biggest yet with events all over the country and even internationally celebrating the impact of the arts on health and wellbeing.
A quick reminder to organisations from across the UK (and the world!) that events are being welcomed for inclusion in Creativity and Wellbeing Plus next June. The festival celebrating the connection between arts and health is taking place from 8 June to 15 June and it is possible to submit events for the festival from now.
Next year’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week will run from 8-15 June 2015. As in previous years, LAHF is planning to produce a brochure including all the events in the week. We are also planning a separate press and media campaign to promote events in the week and in Creativity and Wellbeing Plus – for events across the country and internationally.
LAHF is looking to recruit several new board members to support our strategic development over the next couple of years. We are particularly keen to recruit creative practitioners (in any artform) with recent/current experience of arts in health practice.
The next meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Arts, Health and Wellbeing will be in November and will focus on local authority and public health commissioning for wellbeing.
The new All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing met for the first time earlier this month. The meeting was themed around The Care Act and the question: How the arts and culture can contribute to the quality of care following the Francis Inquiry? It was well attended by politicians from both Houses of Parliament and all three main political parties.
The audio recording of the closing event of LAHF’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week is now available to listen to for anyone who was unable to attend.