Creativity and Wellbeing Week is nearly upon us. There are hundreds of events taking place in London and around the country from 13 June to 19 June with a huge range of opportunities to hear about and take part in activity around health, wellbeing and the arts.
LAHF is offering a short introductory course for doctors, allied health professionals and nurses interested in learning more about the potential of the arts to impact on health.
The deadline for including events in the Creativity and Wellbeing publicity material is this Friday 11 March.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of LAHF’s Chair of Trustees, Andrew Potter. Andrew joined the LAHF board in June 2011 and very quickly made a hugely positive impact on the organisation’s structure and governance.
Over the next few months, LAHF is planning a series of roundtable discussions to explore specific areas of interest in arts and health to bring together people working in particular aspects of practice. The aim is to share knowledge and learning and to look at the ways LAHF can support those working in specialised spheres within the field of arts, health and wellbeing.
The deadline for events to be included in this year’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week is 11 March 2016. Events are currently being added to Creativity and Wellbeing all the time and this year looks set to include loads of events across London and further afield as part of Creativity and Wellbeing Plus.
LAHF is celebrating three milestones achieved over the past few weeks.
The first of what will be quarterly updates to provide information about what the National Alliance has been doing, and recent developments in the field of arts, health and wellbeing nationally is available on the National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing site now.
The National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing is working with partners from the museums sector to establish a new alliance for museums and health.
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.