The correlation between culture and well-being is fast becoming a major focus area in arts policy and strategy. With various studies from across the globe reporting a direct relation between engagement in the arts and improvement in well-being, exploring this link has become necessary. Bringing together the multiple stakeholders from the two multi-layered sectors – patients, health and social care professionals, artists and art therapists, cultural managers, researchers, educators, policy makers – could yield highly effective results which benefit both areas.
Arts Council Malta, together with leading practitioners within the arts and healthcare sectors, will be embarking on a series of initial conversations focusing on the relationship between culture and well-being. Whilst recognising the past and ongoing efforts, the aim of these sessions will be to map out the main opportunities, challenges, issues and solutions in this area. The ultimate goal is to outline possible actions that facilitate conversations, collaborations, projects, initiatives and actions featuring culture and well-being.
The first two workshops, taking place on the 4th and 6th December between 16:00 and 19:00, will focus on bringing stakeholders together – from within the creative sector and the healthcare sector – to discuss how the creative arts could be beneficial to enhance well-being as well as the broad application of the arts in our healthcare systems.
We are inviting all those who are already interested and engaged in creativity and well-being as well as creatives who are interested in further developing their practice in this relation. Healthcare workers and professionals are invited to attend these sessions so as to share their insights, experiences.
Workshop part 1: 4.12.23 (16:00–19:00)
Workshop part 2: 6.12.23 (16:00–19:00)
Venue: Kale and Crumble, Zone 5, Pyketree Business Centre, Industry Street, Santa Venera CBD 5030 Mrieħel
Registrations: here (there are only 60 places available, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis)
Last day to register: Wednesday 29th November 2023.