Participatory arts

Creativity4Wellbeing: Resources for workshops

C4W is a free art resource site for parents, facilitators, and groups. C4W is designed to encourage creativity in the community, co-production and purposeful activity for health and wellbeing and to create a sense of belonging.

Is this the best it can be? Toolkit from ArtWorks Scotland

A new toolkit for anyone delivering arts and creative learning through collaborative or participatory projects and programmes. The ideas and approaches have been developed through collaborative engagement with artists, professionals from other sectors and participants working in this area.

Creating Together: Participatory, Community-Based, and Collaborative Arts Practices and Scholarship across Canada

The contributors to Creating Together explore how the process of creating together generates and disseminates collective knowledge, in an arts-based approach to scholarship which makes use of aesthetic, experiential, embodied, and emotional ways of knowing and creating knowledge in addi

Dementia & Imagination: Research Informed Approaches to Visual Arts Interventions

The handbook from the Dementia and Imagination Research Programme features ideas and recommendations for developing visual arts projects with and for, people affected by dementia. It is designed to be as accessible as possible.

Age UK Wellbeing in Later Life Index

The Wellbeing in Later Life Index from Age UK and the University of Southampton is based on a survey of 15,000 people aged 60 and over. It highlights taking part in creative activities as the biggest influencing factor on wellbeing in later life.

The National Endowment for the Arts guide to community-engaged research in the arts and health

This new guide from the US outlines ways to reconcile the field-specific vocabularies used in the arts and health research; identifies study goals and methods for engaging community members as equal partners in a research project; and highlights the benefits of partnering for arts professionals

New guide to participation in health innovation from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity

'The art of involving people in health innovation' is based on interviews with local health innovators funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

Life is for Living: Artistry in old age

The text of a talk given by Francois Martarasso at the Independent Creative Living Conference, Baltic, Gateshead (UK) on 28 June 2016.

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Dance and Parkinson’s

A new research study into the mark Morris Group’s Brooklyn Dance for PD programme has found that participants experienced significant improvement in overall movement, particularly walking.

Music and Social Change

Researcher Francois Matarasso has published a paper exploring issues in delivering music projects aimed at tackling health and social outcomes.

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