Friday 29 April 2016: Arts and Dementia
A seminar hosted by the Centre for Arts as Wellbeing in partnership with the University of Southampton. Part of Research and Engagement Week 2016 (find out more).
Academics joined neuroscientists researching the effects of dementia on the brain with artists working to improve the quality of life for those with dementia.
Arts, Health & Wellbeing Seminar: Evaluation of Arts Interventions in Health & Social Care Settings
This two day course, organised by the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing, focussed on understanding the practical context and challenges involved in arts and health evaluation, on setting appropriate aims and objectives for evaluation, and looked at the ways in which academia and practice can work together to make the best use of the skills, knowledge, and creativity of both. There were discussions on the question of ‘value’ in relation to arts activities, covering a range of approaches including cost-benefit analysis, social return on investment, and measurement of social impact. There were also explorations into how the results of research and evaluation can be disseminated in order to improve practice and contribute to the evidence base for arts and health.
February - May 2015
Song Leaders Course 2015
Following on from the success of the 2014 Song Leaders Course, the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing was proud to be hosting a new 5-day course in 2015 aimed at community choir or song workshop leaders who are looking to improve their skills.
The Song Leaders Course has been devised to provide participants with the appropriate practical skills and knowledge necessary for running a community choir or singing work-shop, and to help develop participants’ confidence, both in their own singing and in their ability to teach songs to others.
By the end of the course, participants had mastered teaching a song to a small group; use warm ups and energising activities; plan and structure an effective workshop or choir rehears-al; locate and identify suitable repertoire; describe the most important organisational aspects of leading a community choir; find sources of support, and work with an action plan for future development.