In The Art of Wellness” students will learn how visual art practices are used in expressive therapies, community healthcare initiatives, and enhancing community health benefits. It is hoped that this new paradigm will be useful to practitioners, service providers, policy makers and service users in engaging with the wide variety of ways that arts can assist in improving health and well-being. This script was based on two years of therapeutic work and research with older clients, including Holocaust survivors, and was performed across Canada for health organizations and universities, among them McGill Medical School.
See Arts & Health South West’s Arts on Prescription fact sheet for more information. The event was indisputably a happy one, full of chatter, cooing at artworks and laughter with patients, GPs, Art in Healthcare staff and volunteers amongst others. The conference is her brainchild, and follows from her attendance at similar functions overseas.
Increasingly attention is being given to the value of the arts in enhancing job satisfaction and the well being of professional and family caregivers. The health service employ arts therapists on salary scales, but artists often apply for one off funding or bursaries.
If you have an Arts in Health event in Wales that you would like to promote on this Home page please email me the details. Over the last decade, the Arts Programme at Tallaght Hospital has evolved to provide not only a substantial arts and health programme but also national leadership in academic and practical development of this important aspect of health.
From February to April 2014 the National Centre for Arts and Health conducted a review of the bedside art programme for patients in the hospital. However, it is also important to recognise that intensive training is involved to work as an arts educator, performer or collaborative artist in healthcare settings.