The official journal of the Global Alliance for Arts & Health is published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, and is an exciting new benefit of membership. Participants of arts and health programmes are also varied, from patients to carers to medical students and healthcare staff and there is no one designation or recognised qualification for arts practitioners in healthcare (Dileo & Bradt, 2009; Moss & ‘Neill, 2009).
The press cover was massive with coverage in numerous publications, such as Ethnic, De Zeen, Svenska Dagbladt, WE Magazine, L Officiel, Madame Figaro (Japan), TimeOut Moscow, LA Times, LA at Home, South African Home & Garden, New York Times, AXIS Japan, and Form in Worldly Things.
There is a need for the health sector to formalise a currently ad hoc approach to employing artists in healthcare settings and to ensure that all arts practitioners are trained and sensitive to the vulnerability of patients and clients of health services.
Graduates may find careers in international relations, journalism, professional writing, advertising, media, photography, multimedia, publishing, public relations, marketing, sales, personnel and industrial relations, government, administration, policy development, research, business, banking, finance, community services, ethnic affairs, psychology, social work, community development, education, policing, the security industry, performing arts (including dance and drama) and visual arts.
This paradigm is based on a variety of research experiences over twenty years working as a music therapist, musician, music and health practitioner, researcher and director of an arts and health programme in university teaching hospitals, community contexts, and non-governmental organizations in Ireland and the UK.