Arts in Communities, Health and well-being
Arts is a powerful tool which can be used to engage multiple communities and improve people's health.
There is documented evidence, including from arts projects that have happened in Rotherham, that taking parts in arts projects can improve people’s mental health, emotional health, social skills, manual dexterity, and bring disparate communities together.
Arts projects can make exciting new connections, forge new links, networks and partnerships and be a force for change. Arts projects can have a profound effect on participants and the differences can be life-changing!
Anybody can take part in a arts project and project participants have often never taken part in any arts workshops before. Arts projects are open to anyone regardless of ability of disability.
Examples of such projects could include:
Singing projects involving multiple community groups all from one local area
Dance projects with Deafblind people
Drama projects with young people in youth centres
Theatre projects with adults with learning and physical disabilities
Multi arts projects involving people with mental health issues
Multi arts workshops with Older people
Exhibitions of work by older people and people with mental health issues
Movement projects with pregnant teenagers
Projects are often done in partnership with other organisations including Councils, Health services, day centres and so on.
If you are a community member, care worker, health worker, or just a member of the public and want to find out more contact Rhiannon, Open Minds Community Director
On Rhiannon@omtc.org.uk tel: 01709 202904.