Research

Launch of CultureCase

Kings College London has launched CultureCase - a new, free-to-use, web resource that aims to put academic research to work in the cultural sector. Made up of carefully selected academic research from universities and scholars around the world the website includes short accessible summaries of academic research that demonstrate the impacts of arts and culture. Its creators hope that it will be a tool for arts organisations to advocate for the value of culture, apply for funding and inform programming, marketing and strategic decision-making.

Canadian connection between the arts and wellbeing

The Arts and Individual Well-Being in Canada is an analysis of the links between Canadians’ cultural activities and their personal wellbeing. The report shows a strong connection between 18 cultural activities and eight indicators of health and wellbeing. Analysis of population data revealed that art gallery visits and music and theatre attendance are associated with better health, higher rates of volunteering and strong satisfaction with life.

DCMS research into wellbeing impact of the arts

The Department for Culture has published two reports, undertaken by researchers at the London School of Economics, investigating the social and wellbeing impacts of culture and sport.  The first report “Quantifying the Social Impacts of Sport and Culture” attempts to assess the links between culture and sport and a number of social measures including health.  A key finding was that those engaging with the arts as an audience member were 5.4% more likely to report good health than the general population.

Taking Part - cultural activity update

The Government has released its latest quarterly figures for the level of engagement with arts and culture. Average engagement levels appeared to have been maintained with roughly three quarters of all adults having engaged with the arts in the past year and just over half having attended a gallery or museum.

w: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/taking-part-201314-quarter-3-statistical-release

Diabetes in London

The London Assembly Health Committee has produced a report looking at the particular challenges the capital faces in dealing with diabetes and calling for improved public engagement programmes around the issue. The report; ‘Blood Sugar Rush - Diabetes Time Bomb in London’ shows that there has been an estimated 75% increase in Type 2 diabetes in the capital over the last decade.

Research framework published

Tim Joss, Director of the Rayne Foundation, has published a new methodological framework for arts in health designed to create a link between arts activity and health research. The framework, compiled with the input of a range of people working in the arts and in health, examines the steps involved in a developing an arts intervention in health and associated research study.

Research enquiry

The National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing and the UK Arts and Health Research Network have responded to the Arts Council Cultural Value report - http://www.lahf.org.uk/arts-council-review-cultural-value, by calling for additional evidence which supports the impact of the arts on health. Both organisations have been in contact with the Arts Council about the limited scope of the published report.

World cities cultural report

The latest research on the impact of culture on major global cities has been produced. The World Cities Culture Forum, which includes 22 cities including London, highlights the widespread acknowledgement that culture is central to a city's health and economy. It also notes the particular impact of culture on regenerating communities and connecting all residents in a city. The report pays tribute to the impact culture has had on community development and wellbeing in cities such as Bogota and Johannesburg.

American programme for arts and health for the military

Americans for the Arts have issued a comprehensive publication exploring the ways in which the arts can support current and ex-servicemen and women. The publication, 'Arts, Health and Wellbeing Across the Military Continuum’ outlines the research that has thus far been undertaken into the impact of the arts on health problems like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. It also includes practical guidance for setting up arts activities with veterans and calls for changes in military policy to better integrate the arts into health and care for the services.

End of life care improvements

Public Health England has published the results of research into end of life care which show more people are dying at home than was the case 5 years ago. PHE hailed this as an improvement which reflected people’s wishes not to die in hospital. A survey of public attitudes revealed 7% say they would prefer to die in hospital, compared to two-thirds (67%) who would prefer to die at home.

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