The north west arts and health network is changing – flexing and evolving with the times – still with its feet firmly on the ground in the north of england, but responsive to the many international voices that get in touch. First things first – a big congratulations to Alder Hey’s Children’s Hospital Arts for Health service, which has been successful in securing £50,000 from the People’s Project Big Lottery Fund to deliver a comprehensive programme of music with children and families on the wards.
Arts practitioners work with a wide spectrum of patients in almost every setting, including but not limited to, nonprofit and for-profit healthcare facilities, hospice programs, long-term care facilities, mental health programs, schools, rehabilitation treatment centers, special needs camps, disaster response teams, psychiatric forensic units, veterans’ facilities, prisons, community centers, wellness programs, and military bases.
Efforts to mitigate and prevent these diseases require the implementation of effective public health interventions including alternative asset-based approaches that are multi-layered, appropriate and relevant to the contextual need of the African people.
For example, a writer who wanted to carry out a residency in a hospital to create new work had to squeeze his project into a funding application for the Arts Council of Ireland to fit into a participatory arts box, under which section all arts and health activities are considered.
At over 400 pages, this is a rich and multifaceted collection of articles and chapters about the creative arts in health and interdisciplinary practice, an accessible yet highly informative text that enlightens the reader about the inquiries and the processes while offering first hand insights into approaches, stories of the work in practice, how to method based exercises and lists of comprehensive references.