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Review of early childhood engagement in the arts

America’s National Endowment for the Arts has published a literature review of children’s early engagement with the arts which shows the strong relationship between this engagement and mental wellbeing through childhood. The review shows particular benefits for toddlers from families with low socioeconomic status, and children with autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

The review also highlights areas where additional research would be beneficial and shortcomings in the existing body of evidence.

New research shows link between arts engagement and mental wellbeing

Newly published research by the University of Western Australia has highlighted the positive link between participation in the arts and mental wellbeing. People who take part in the arts recreationally for two or more hours a week report significantly better mental wellbeing than the population as a whole.

The research, published in the BMC Public Health Journal suggests that the suitability of the arts as a population based strategy to influence the mental wellbeing of the general population should be investigated further.

November is Arts and Health Month!

A group of international organisations have joined forces to mark November as Arts and Health Month. Led by Arts Health Network Canada and The Australia Centre for Arts and Health the initiative is designed to bring attention internationally to the field of arts in health.

http://artshealthnetwork.ca/content/arts-health-month

http://www.artsandhealth.org/latest-news/artsandhealthmonth.html?

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.

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