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Essay prize – deadline 15 March 2014

The World Association of Cultural Psychiatry is inviting submissions of a 4000 word essay about an arts-based project that contributes to a greater understanding of mental health/illness. The winning essay will receive a £300 prize and will be considered for inclusion in a special publication produced by the Association. The selected project or series of initiatives can be in any given cultural context. (e.g. an arts-based prevention, advocacy, research, and/or healing project).

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.

US Global Alliance conference – deadline 17 January 2014

The American Global Alliance for Arts and Health is inviting the submission of abstracts to present at its 2014 Annual International Conference. Abstracts should relate to the conference's theme of "Enhancing Lives Through Arts & Health" and fall into one of the following five focus areas:

  • Caring for Caregivers 
  • Community Well-being 
  • Education 
  • Healing Environments 
  • Patient Care

The deadline to submit an abstract is January 17th. Notifications will be made by email in February 2014.

Music lessons and brain development

Researchers in Beijing have discovered a connection between music tuition and brain development. The research involved brain scans and noted that the brains of children who were taking music lessons developed cognitive function more rapidly than a control group.

Musical singing and dementia

A new study has found that patients with dementia who spend time singing songs from the musicals experience a boost in their cognitive function.

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.

Australian arts and health policy framework

Australia’s Health Minister has formally endorsed the country’s National Arts and Health Framework. The endorsement follows the support received earlier this year by the Cultural Minister and means that the arts and health sector has now received state, territory and federal backing. The Australian Institute for Creative Health which supported and coordinated the development of the framework celebrated the formal endorsement. The Institute’s Chairman, Michael Brogan, said ““A national framework signals what we are trying to do in arts and health as a nation.

Design and Health call for papers – deadline 15 November 2013

The International Academy for Design & Health  has issued a call for papers for the 10th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition in Toronto, Canada in July 2014. Researchers and practitioners from around the world are invited to submit 400 word abstracts by 15 November, 2013 for selection by the Academy's scientific committee on the following topics:

Art and vascular dementia

A paper published in the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, has examined the impact of vascular dementia on artists and non artists and assessed the role that artistic training may have on slowing the impact of cognitive impairment. The study by Dr.

Bringing the Arts to Life

The American Global Alliance for Arts and Health has published a new online resource aimed at giving examples of arts engagement with communities of older people in the USA and also offering guidance to artists seeking to work in this area.

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