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Australia: new local government taskforce for arts and health

The NSW Minister for Health, the Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, has announced the establishment of a new taskforce on health and arts, to prepare a NSW Health and Arts Framework. The announcement was at the Celebrate Creative Ageing Sydney 2015 forum.

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The Arts, Health & Ageing in America 2005-2015

A Gerontologist review of progress made over a decade in the consideration of the arts as part of care for the ageing.

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Optimising music use in hospitals

A report from Bridgepoint Active Healthcare (Canada).

The overarching purpose of this study is to explore how music can be optimized in complex care environments, supporting improved quality of life and outcomes for patients with multiple chronic conditions. 

Australian arts cuts condemned in submission to Senate Enquiry

The Australian arts community has roundly condemned the Federal Government in submissions to a Senate inquiry on the impact of Budget cuts to arts funding.

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Russian UNESCO collaboration to study the role of culture in sustainable development

The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design is set to partner with UNESCO to conduct a study on the role of culture in the sustainable development of cities in 11 countries of the former Soviet Union.

Rendezvous with Madness, Canada – deadline for submission – 7 August 2015

Mental health film festival and public discussion forum, Rendezvous with Madness: November 9-14 2015.

Arts Health Australia deadline for abstracts

The deadline for the submission of abstracts to the seventh annual international conference of Arts and Health Australia is the end of July.

The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing will take place in Sydney this November. Its focus will be on Arts and Health in Primary and Acute Care; Creative Ageing and Aged Care; Community Arts and Health; Health Promotion and the Arts; Education and Training for Health and Arts Professionals; Arts and Health Research and Evaluation. Abstracts are invited on any of these themes.

International impacts of performing arts

The International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts has published an evidence review of the impacts of performing arts on society.

The review assesses the range of different research methodologies in assessing the impact of this work.

Symposium on Singing and Song – 1 October 2015

The Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John’s in Canada has issued a call for papers and presentations for a Symposium on Singing and Song.

The conference will bring together scholars, performers and pedagogues, representing diverse disciplines, to share international perspectives, research and practices associated with singing and song. Proposal submissions are invited that address multi-faceted contexts of singing and song such as artistic, physiological, cultural, sociological, historical, pedagogical, compositional, psychological, medical…and beyond!

US Arts and Health network

Following a number of funding and operational issues, the American Arts & Health Alliance has ceased daily operations.


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