There is wide spread recognition that “arts and culture can create a sense of wellbeing and transform the quality of life” (Arts Council England) and numerous studies exist that demonstrate the arts impact such as
- Manchester City Council (2015). Embedding arts and culture in the city-wide approach to complex dependency .
Within Manchester City Council, the Culture Team has been working closely with both the Complex Dependency Team and commissioners of public services to ensure that provision of arts and culture is integrated into this work from the start. ‘It’s about bringing positivity into their lives, and harnessing skills and capacity they might not have seen a value in before.’
- Insights from a Santa Fe Institute Working Group (2015). How Creativity Works in the Brain.
Creativity is essential for the arts, for innovation, and for human flourishing. How Creativity Works in the Brain makes a compelling case for investing in the interdisciplinary research needed to understand, measure and foster creativity.
- Warwick University (2015). Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth.
The key message from this report is that the government and the cultural and creative industries need to take a united and coherent approach that guarantees equal access for everyone to a rich cultural education and the opportunity to live a creative life. There are barriers and inequalities in Britain today that prevent this from being a universal human right. This is bad for business and bad for society.
- Centre for Mental Health (2015). Improving England’s Mental Health: The first 100 days and beyond.
The Centre for Mental Health is an independent UK mental health charity. It aims to inspire hope, opportunity and a fair chance in life for people of all ages with or at risk of mental ill health. The Centre acts as a bridge between the worlds of research, policy and service provision and believes strongly in the importance of high-quality evidence and analysis. It encourages innovation and advocates for change in policy and practice through focused research, development and training.
- Arts Council England (2014). The Value of Arts and Culture to People and Society – an Evidence Review.
- Wellbeing in Four Policy Areas (Sept.2014) Report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics.Read p.36 Valuing what matters: arts and culture.
- NCVO Cultural Commissioning Programme (June 2014). Opportunities for Alignment.
- Consilium (2013). What do we know about the role of arts in the delivery of social care?. Skills for Care. Available from: http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/
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* relaxation, enjoyment and inner calm
* emotional resilience and increased coping strategies
* communication and social skills
* opportunities to demonstrate recognisable skills, knowledge and abilities
* developing thinking patterns and challenging rigid beliefs
* flexibility, adaptability, risk taking
* meaning from life experiences