The Postgraduate Certificate in Arts-Health covers all the legal, research design, ethical, managerial, facilitation, academic, and theoretical knowledge and skills requisite of professional Arts-Health praxis. Project leader Holly Marland, who plays a West African harp known as a kora, wrote the piece during creative sessions in residential care homes and hospitals across the region. The creative arts intervention promoted short-term well-being in this sample of family caregivers.
There was recognition by those at the table of a need to acknowledge, value and respect the immense contribution of the cultural sector to community vitality, vibrancy and health. The European Medicines Agency is hosting workshops for its Working Parties of Patients’, Consumers’ and Health Professionals’ organisations.
Thank you for supporting the arts and artists as valuable members of the community and for recognizing the deep need we all have to see, understand, and participate in the arts. As part of this work, the Alliance has collaborated with organisations interested in developing arts and health practice in Australia, including the Institute for Creative Health, Regional Arts Australia and Arts and Health Australia.
Throughout the project, artists organize arts experiences — from attending performances and exhibitions, to viewing films and discussions with visiting artists — that will connect the work the seniors are creating with the larger creative community. She completed her PhD in 2014 on aesthetic deprivation and the role of the arts for older people in hospital at Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine under the supervision of Prof Desmond ‘Neill.
The arts therapies (drama, music and visual art) have now become an established psychotherapeutic tool for used by qualified therapists with clients, usually on a one to one basis. As I read over the report, it struck me just how important beauty, artistic expression and participation in the arts are to community health.