Facing the Future

To kick-start the autumn, LAHF has commissioned a series of blogs about the future of arts and health which we will be publishing daily over the next 2 weeks. The blogs, from leading practitioners working across the spectrum of creativity and wellbeing ask where this work is heading and what challenges and opportunities might open up in the year ahead. The blog series will begin on Monday 10th September and a new blog will be published each weekday until 21st September.

House of Lords report expresses concern for cultural sector post-Brexit

The report Brexit: Movement of People in the Cultural Sector, is based on evidence from a number of national cultural organisations including Arts Council England and the Musicians Union. The joint submission by the National Museums Directors’ Council and the Museums Association speaks of “severe concerns” and suggests that more restrictive migration systems for EU citizens “could threaten the international status of the UK’s world-class institutions”.

The key findings highlighted in the report are:

DCMS Identifies Areas for Research

The Department for Culture has highlighted specific areas where research into the impact of culture is required. These include longitudinal research into the impact of cultural participation on health, research into culture and young people’s mental health and the impact of heritage on health and wellbeing.

DCMS inquiry into social impact of culture

The House of Commons Culture Select Committee has heard its first evidence on the impact of culture and sport on people’s lives. Witnesses including Darren Henley, CEO of Arts Council England addressed the committee on the health, social and wellbeing impacts of cultural participation.

The sessions is available to be viewed here: https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/5abdaa2a-b3f0-4128-8d02-3e956464ba96

Government Committee investigating arts impact on health and society

The House of Commons Select Committee for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is inviting submissions for an inquiry investigating the social impact of the arts. The inquiry will investigate the ways in which taking part in the arts, cultural activities and sport can have a positive impact on health, community and education.

DCMS includes mental health in its delivery plan

The Department for Culture has published a revised departmental plan setting out five objectives. These include a focus on “policy levers to improve mental health and wellbeing”.

DCMS commits to developing “policies that will improve mental wellbeing (e.g. social, culture, social action), address the risks around mental ill-health (e.g. gambling, online safety) and which support people living with mental illness (e.g. shared lives, life chances fund), to maximise their positive impact upon society.”

Government data shows arts engagement stable

The most recent release of the DCMS Taking Part statistics show that arts attendance is broadly stable while library use continues to drop significantly.

The data shows public engagement with heritage has increased over the past decade but there are still overall major disparities between different ethnicities’ engagement with the arts and a 10% gap between engagement by disabled adults and those without disabilities.

Changing Cultures: Empowering creative thinking in our schools – 8 November 2017

Thurrock Trailblazer (Royal Opera House) invites school leaders and education professionals to High House Production Park to envisage the future of cultural learning. Keynote speaker, Katherine Zeserson, will explore the power of creative thinking in the challenging landscape of education today.

8-11:30am Wednesday 8 November

West and East Barn, High House Production Park, Purfleet, RM19 1AF

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Take part in the Westminster Hall Debate on the Effects of the Arts on Health – 11 October 2017

The debate takes place from 4.30-5.30pm. Please spread the word via your networks and tweet about it using the hashtags #APPGAHW and #ArtsHealthWellbeing.

Controversial ministerial restructure separates arts from digital culture

The digital remit will now cover the creative industries, broadcasting and media, and be led by Matt Hancock, while arts and culture will be removed from Mr Hancock’s remit to come together with heritage and tourism, steered by first-time minster John Glen.

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Read the DCMS blog from John Glen


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