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The Art of Being Healthy & Well: National Symposium on the role of creativity and arts in health and wellbeing

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The Art of Being Healthy & Well: National Symposium on the role of creativity and arts in health and wellbeing

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26/05/22

The Art of Being Healthy & Well: National Symposium on the role of creativity and arts in health and wellbeing

Taking place on Wednesday 22 June 2022, this symposium will provide a forum for policy-makers and practitioners from the health, arts and culture sectors to consider how best to harness the powerful contribution creative engagement can make to our health and wellbeing.

Catherine Martin, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media today announced a national symposium on creativity, health and wellbeing co-hosted by the Creative Ireland Programme, the Department of Health (Healthy Ireland), the Health Service Executive and the Arts Council.

The Symposium will:

  • consider the evidence base regarding the health benefits from the creative arts
  • discuss arts and health activities in hospitals that can help deliver better health outcomes for patients and their carers
  • explore the operational role of the arts, cultural and creative sectors in delivering healthcare and wellbeing in the community

Minister Martin said:

“The benefits that arts, culture and creative engagement bring to people’s mental wellbeing are increasingly being recognised in research. Indeed, this understanding was brought into very sharp focus during Covid-19 and the periods of social isolation we experienced as a result. I am, therefore, committed to collaborating with colleagues across Government to bring forward targeted, evidence-based initiatives that deliver benefits to health and wellbeing through arts, culture and creativity in a sustainable manner.”

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