Research shows importance of quality in creative engagement

Creative Scotland has published new research into the impact of taking part in creative programmes on young people. It demonstrates that the most effective projects are those where young people are “there to do and make something creative and if there are other benefits that is a bonus. The programmes will not be successful if the participants feel that they are getting ‘youth work by the back door’.”

Irish Research Council and Arts Council partner to encourage collaboration between arts and academic communities

The Irish Research Council and Arts Council have announced a new strategic partnership to encourage greater collaboration between academics and the arts.

The collaboration will see the two agencies working together over the next three years.

Commenting on the partnership, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of the Irish Research Council, said: "The Irish Research Council is committed to supporting research across all disciplines. Half of the 280 awards we announced recently under the Government of Ireland programmes are in the arts, humanities and social science disciplines."

Wellbeing data 2012-17

The Office of National Statistics has released wellbeing data for the past six years. The personal wellbeing data is searchable by region and indicates that happiness and life satisfaction levels have increased slightly over time.

Staying Engaged

New research from the American National Endowment for the Arts indicates that older adults who create art and attend arts events have better health outcomes than adults who do neither. Staying Engaged is based on results from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), conducted by the University of Michigan with primary support from the National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health.

Clinks - State of the Sector 2017

Criminal justice charity Clinks has published research into the circumstances facing voluntary organisations working in criminal justice and shining a light on what support organisations need to enable them to thrive.

Civic Engagement for Arts Organisations

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has published the first phase of its report into the civic role of arts organisations. The report looks at the current challenges facing arts organisations pursuing a civic role in communities and lays the ground for policy changes to encourage a greater civic role to be played.

Creative Health

The report of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing launched on 19th July in the Houses of Parliament. The report, which received widespread attention in press and media, was launched by the Co-Chairs of the APPG, Lord Alan Howarth and Ed Vaizey, MP. It contains 10 recommendations for policy changes to improve the access of everyone to the arts for health and wellbeing. Supported by a comprehensive review of research and practice examples, the report offers a range of resources for everyone working in this area.

Healthy lifestyle statistics

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that nearly twice as many people die from causes considered preventable in some parts of the country as others.

The report shows a huge disparity in healthy lifestyles between different parts of the country.

Live music and wellbeing

A new study by Royal Albert Hall shows that listening to live music has a significant positive impact on wellbeing.

It found that 69% of British people are ‘happier’ and ‘more stimulated’ when listening to live music. Respondents also said they were ‘more sociable’ (59%) and ‘more engaged’ (68%) when live music is playing, while 73% agreed that ‘live music can make an event feel more special’.

APPG Inquiry launch

On 19th June, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts Health and Wellbeing will launch its report into the impact of the arts on health. Conducted over 2 years, the report is the most significant evaluation of the role of the arts on health and wellbeing ever conducted in the UK. Over 200 witnesses contributed to discussions and events and evidence has been drawn from a huge range of sources to assess the impact of different arts and health interventions.


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