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Art and Well-Being: Toward A Culture of Health

The US Department for Arts and Culture has produced this guide for artists, creative organizers, healthcare providers, educators, funders, policy-makers, and communities responding to threats to wellbeing.

Salutogenic Hospital Design and Urban Health International Symposium, Milan – 28-31 March 2019

The Salutogenic Hospital Design and Urban Health 2018 International Symposium will be held in Milan 28-31 March 2019 at Politecnico di Milano.

The Symposium seeks to create an open multidisciplinary platform to debate current and future trends and the challenges for hospital design and urban health.

Atlantic Fellowship for Equity in Brain Health – deadline 3 January 2018

Applications are now open for the 2019/20 Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health programme at the Global Brain Health Institute. The Atlantic Fellows program at GBHI provides innovative training in brain health, leadership, and dementia prevention to a broad array of promising leaders from various professions, including medicine, science, business, law, social science, journalism, and the arts.

NOAH's new ethical code for arts in health

The US National Organization for Arts in Health has developed a new code of ethics for arts in health professionals.

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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.

BMJ study suggests art therapy carries important information for clinicians

A US study led by Dr Girija Kaimal suggests that artwork created during therapy offered to service men and women may convey valuable information to the treating clinicians about patterns of resilience and risk.

The study was funded by the US National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

New Zealand Bids for Arts on Prescription

The New Zealand Arts Council has proposed establishing a national arts on prescription scheme for people with poor mental health.

In a submission to the national Government’s review on mental health, Creative New Zealand proposed establishing a formal arts on prescription scheme nationally. The country established a “green” prescription scheme in 2004.

Commonwealth Writers' Prizes – deadline 1 November 2017

Applications for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which aims to promote new voices, reward achievement, encourage wider readership and greater literacy, and increase understanding between cultures. The Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words).

NEA/University of Michigan report on participatory arts and older people

Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts is a detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55+.

Arts in Health Research Intensive 29 January 2018 - 2 February 2018

The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine and the Arts Health Early Career Research Network is offering a five day introduction to the field of arts in health and fundamentals in evaluation and research.

The course will explore the development and scope of the field, consider the physiological, social and behavioural impacts of the arts in a health context, analyse research and evaluation methodologies that underpin the field and cover practicalities, issues and methods in arts in health research.              

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