A new report from Arts for Health reveals that engaging with the arts and culture generally has a positive long-term effect on health and wellbeing.
Arts for Health at MMU is a partner in one of five projects that will see university researchers, community groups and national charities and trusts working together to explore community health and wellbeing, community engagement and mobilisation.
We will soon be working on an exciting collaborative evaluation of arts interventions with a community NHS partner exploring new methodologies for better understanding arts impact and value.
Arts for Health continues to work with the Lithuanian Artists Association; the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and the British Council in arts and health research, development and practice in the Republic of Lithuania. Please see the report of activity of 2012, Menas žmogaus grove (PDF).
In 2004 Arts for Health was awarded a £385k Invest to Save Project (ISP) grant from HM Treasury to develop the evidence base around the impact of the arts on public health across the north-west region. To find out more about this work, click here to visit the archived Invest to Save Project website.
Arts for Health are lead researchers on a 'Creating Wellbeing' project being led by the Greater Manchester Arts and Health Network (GMAHN). The project aims to raise awareness, through arts and creativity, about steps to mental wellbeing. Creative workshops are to be carried out in four districts of Greater Manchester, namely Oldham, Rochdale, Trafford and Stockport. Workshops with specific groups across the community will generate artistic images that will capture peoples imaginations on why creativity is good for wellbeing. These message or images created will be aimed at the general public and will appear in a variety of town centre and key travel routes in each district. This will coincide with World Mental Health day on 10th October 2009. Arts for Health will be working alongside GMAHN and the artists involved to explore and evaluate changes in wellbeing as a result of involvement in the project.