Adding years to life – and life to years

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17 Sep 2015

When will all commissioners recognise that activities like dancing and singing help maintain older people’s quality of life and independence, asks Jessica Harris.

UK’s live production industry sets sustainability goals

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11 Sep 2015

The Sustainability in Production Alliance has outlined ten social, environmental and economic sustainability goals for the UK’s live production sector to achieve within the next ten years.

Policies for the people

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16 Jul 2015

What would our public services look like if we used wellbeing evidence to inform policy-making? There would surely be more room for arts and culture, says Jessica Harris.

Getting granny into Gormley

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25 Jun 2015

Is it worth explaining conceptual contemporary art to ‘old age’ pensioners? Anna Goulding’s research suggests it might be.

Education for a changing world

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25 Jun 2015

Undervaluing the arts will leave young people playing catch-up in a world where creative innovation will be the most highly valued skill, says Pol MacCaba.

The arts effect

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18 Jun 2015

Do arts projects in schools boost pupils’ health and wellbeing? Ros McLellan finds the current evidence positive, but says more persuasive research is needed.

Commissioning art for hospitals

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11 Jun 2015

Jane Willis gives advice on how to approach public art projects in healthcare settings so that everyone – patients, staff and artists – benefits.

Measuring the impact of dance

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26 May 2015

The debate about how to evaluate arts in health projects is being furthered by a new dance programme for people with Parkinson’s disease, says Sara Houston.

Dance solutions for the future

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21 May 2015

Tense and lively discussions at Dance UK’s recent conference will form the basis of a five-year strategy for dance, says Caroline Miller.

Who are the commissioners?

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30 Apr 2015

Linden Rowley explores who the commissioners of public services are, where to find them and how arts and cultural organisations can best talk to them.

Exchequer gains from health benefits of the arts, report suggests

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17 Apr 2015

Economists have attempted to quantify the extent to which increased tax revenues and health care cost savings are being realised from arts attendance and participation.

In the spirit of London 2012

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16 Apr 2015

Volunteers are now at the heart of a national programme to improve wellbeing and social cohesion, says Penny East.

Social investment fund backs the arts

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11 Mar 2015

A new team of investors is offering unsecured loan finance to arts organisations who can demonstrate social, artistic and financial returns.

Mental health in the workplace

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02 Feb 2015

As mental illness contributes significantly to the number of lost working days, Eleanor Deem advises employers to take a proactive approach when dealing with mental health issues.

Demonstrating impact

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14 Jan 2015

A number of challenges face arts and cultural organisations trying to show their impact on public service outcomes. Jessica Harris examines the types of evidence that commissioners want and looks at ways in which arts and cultural organisations have risen to the challenge of providing it.

Getting to grips with commissioning

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14 Nov 2014

In a new series exploring opportunities for arts organisations, museums and library services to engage in public service commissioning, Jessica Harris explains the importance of understanding the outcomes commissioners are looking for.

Save our music libraries

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03 Nov 2014

Local authority cuts mean that some libraries are no longer lending music scores to amateur groups. Barbara Eifler explains why she is campaigning to restore this valuable service.

Arts to be further integrated into medical training

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26 Sep 2014

Healthcare workers will receive arts-based training in an attempt to reduce human error in medical interventions and improve patient safety and wellbeing.

Wellbeing analysis makes stronger case for the arts

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12 Sep 2014

A focus on wellbeing would lead funders to place a greater emphasis on participatory arts, says Parliamentary report.

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