Evidence

Be Creative Be Well Evaluation published

Over three and a half years, the Well London programme empowered some of the capital’s most deprived communities to take a proactive role in enhancing their health and wellbeing.

Cultural Attendance and Public Mental Health

The research on the health benefits of intensive engagement with creative and cultural activities through art therapy and workshops led by artists is well recognised in the literature on cultural impact.

Qualitative Research in Arts and Mental Health: Context, Meanings and Evidence, Edited by Theo Stickley

This is the first book published in the UK that brings together a range of key qualitative research studies providing evidence for the assertion that involvement in participatory arts can be specifically beneficial to people with a variety of mental health difficulties.

Art in Prisons: a literature review of the philosophies and impacts of visual art programs for correctional populations

This review was commissioned by Arts Access Australia to examine evidence for the value of visual arts programs in Australian prisons and their impact on adult inmates.

New online arts and health library and website, Greater Manchester Arts Health Network

The new Greater Manchester Arts Health website has been developed as a useful information portal and one stop shop for information, documents and news about arts, health and wellbeing for professionals working across the sectors.

Assessment of the impact of arts on learning

The Cultural Learning Alliance has published key findings demonstrating the impact of the arts on the social and educational achievements of children and young people. Amongst the findings, based on a review of all available large-scale English language data including from the US, are:

Unlocking value: The economic benefit of the arts in criminal justice

A new report published by NPC, by Hanna Johnson, Sarah Keen & David Pritchard. The criminal justice sector in particular is often targets-driven, and arts charities working with prisoners and ex-offenders are under increasing pressure to provide evidence of their impact.

New website for Arts and Health

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create, the Irish national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts have launched artsandhealth.ie , the first national independent arts and health website in Ireland.

Arts and Wellbeing: Recent Developments, Future Challenges, RSPH – 9 February 2012

A one day conference examining the achievements of arts and health collaborations to date and looking forward to new challenges and opportunities. Speakers will look at the growing evidence-base for the value of involvement in creative activity for wellbeing and health while examining current projects from leading arts for health practitioners.

Early bird discount – 10% off for bookings made by 21 October.

DCMS report into the impact of culture funding

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has released a research report looking into the ways of measuring the social and economic impact of investments made into culture and sport.

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