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Talent25 study to track impact of creativity on children

Arts Council England is collaborating with De Montfort University to track 100 children born in Leicester until they are 25 years old. The Talent25 programme will assess the ongoing impact of activities such as learning music, visiting museums, going to children’s festivals and watching theatre.

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DCMS turns its focus to social prescribing

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport acknowledged in his recent speech at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry that that 'culture plays a big part in making us healthier and happier people', as well as its contributions to the economy, and announced that the DCMS 'is working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS England, to support greater use of social prescribing, in particular to address loneliness and help people with their mental health.' Mr Wright went on to say that he looked forward to social prescribing 'becoming a mainstream part of NH

Arts Council England updates on Brexit

ACE has commissioned two surveys of culture sector organisations as well as a study of EU funding for culture in England.

Call for devolution of lottery spending controls

The movement for cultural democracy has called for a restructuring of the distribution of money raised through the national lottery to better reflect where the money is spent by players. 

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Secretary of State for Health focuses on creativity and culture

In a speech at the King’s Fund on 6 November, Matt Hancock focused heavily on the role of creativity and culture in social prescribing and across the health spectrum.

Acknowledging the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, he said:

New Loneliness Strategy lists arts and culture as key areas

The government's new Loneliness Strategy, published on 16 October, discusses a cross-governmental approach to loneliness that builds on the Secretary of State's pilot work with social prescribing. The Prime Minister's Introduction to the Strategy says that:

Government loneliness strategy builds in arts and culture

The recently released loneliness strategy includes a commitment to expand social prescribing and states that the "Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will work with Arts Council England to address loneliness through its programmes, as well as utilising the loneliness measure in its work. Alongside this, the department will raise awareness of the role that libraries can play, including through Libraries Week".

Arts charities struggle with short-term, fixed-level funding

A new review by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation suggests that short-term funding is impacting arts charities' ability to plan. It also points to the fact that statutory grants tend to stay at the same level, and do not keep up with demand for services or inflation. The review suggests that government budget reductions have worsened inequaiity in terms of cultural access across the UK.

The review is based on assessments of 450 grants awarded throgh six different PHF funds. 

Arts Council England joins forces with Heritage Lottery Foundation to support museums

A new memorandum of understanding has been signed by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Foundation to support recommendations from the Mendoza Review - which states that the challenges faced by museums require a more joined-up approach between DCMS, Arts Council England and HLF.

The two organisations have said that they will

Facing the Future

To kick-start the autumn, LAHF has commissioned a series of blogs about the future of arts and health which we will be publishing daily over the next 2 weeks. The blogs, from leading practitioners working across the spectrum of creativity and wellbeing ask where this work is heading and what challenges and opportunities might open up in the year ahead. The blog series will begin on Monday 10th September and a new blog will be published each weekday until 21st September.

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