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Those who attend the arts report significantly higher levels of happiness than those who don’t, but the opposite is true for those who visit libraries.
What are the opportunities for arts organisations interested in delivering ‘on prescription’ schemes? And do they outweigh the challenges? Jessica Harris investigates.
Want society to reap the health benefits of arts engagement? Stop directing so much funding to major organisations – these outcomes will only ever be a secondary objective for them, argues Peter Stark.
England has some of the unhappiest schoolchildren in the world. But Paul Collard believes bringing artists into the classroom may help change that.
The second year report on the In Harmony initiative finds positive engagement but a lack of conclusive data about the success of the programme.
Working with partner universities in Barcelona and Warsaw proved to Janet Hetherington that practical training is key to a rich, collaborative learning environment.
Caroline O’Neill explains why a project using the arts to improve the lives of looked after children and adults with dementia, across four local authorities in South Wales, was so successful.
When will all commissioners recognise that activities like dancing and singing help maintain older people’s quality of life and independence, asks Jessica Harris.
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.
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.
Is it worth explaining conceptual contemporary art to ‘old age’ pensioners? Anna Goulding’s research suggests it might be.
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.
Do arts projects in schools boost pupils’ health and wellbeing? Ros McLellan finds the current evidence positive, but says more persuasive research is needed.
Jane Willis gives advice on how to approach public art projects in healthcare settings so that everyone – patients, staff and artists – benefits.
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.
Tense and lively discussions at Dance UK’s recent conference will form the basis of a five-year strategy for dance, says Caroline Miller.
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.
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.