Congratulations to the The HEartS project, which has been awarded £1 million for a new research project on the arts and health.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), this project at the Centre for Performance Science, is a cross-institutional partnership between the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London. Akademi is delighted to be one of nine strategic arts partners.
HEartS will investigate:
• The effect of arts and cultural pursuits on health and wellbeing.
• How the arts support health.
• The financial value of engaging with the arts in relation to health.
• How and why these effects might vary among different people.
“We are keen to discover not only the effects of culture on health and happiness, but why those effects happen. For example, joining a choir after work may improve your health, but is that the result of socialising, creating something, or a combination of the two? Why might joining a choir have more social and creative benefits than going for a meal with friends?”
“We are interested in what hidden benefits the arts and culture may have in terms of improving health. If there are tangible benefits, there may be a case to be made for integrating them more fully within social and health services.”
Akademi is currently running a 3-year community participation project, Dance Well, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. The project aims to improve the health and well-being of older adults who have ongoing health issues, are living in isolation in the community or face other barriers to participating in physical activity. Dance Well was launched in January 2016, read the first-year report here.