Both Ministers also warmly welcomed the roll-out of a new pilot creative initiative that will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the Traveller Community. The projects are being jointly funded by the Creative Ireland Programme, the Department of Health (Healthy Ireland), the Health Service Executive (Mental Health Unit / National Social Inclusion Office) and the Arts Council. The Traveller Wellbeing Through Creativity 2022 initiative will fund five projects worth nearly €250,000 that are co-designed and co-produced by Travellers in support of Traveller health and wellbeing.
Paul Reid, Chief Executive Officer of the HSE said:
“I am delighted to see the ongoing and new arts and health projects being showcased today that are being delivered across the health service. Health service staff attending both in person and virtually will benefit from today’s event, building their knowledge in this area as we continue to utilise creative arts to benefit the wellbeing of service users and staff.”
Maureen Kennelly, Director, Arts Council said:
“As the range of projects and discussion highlights, engagement and participation in the arts can make a significant contribution to our health and wellbeing. The Arts Council also sees the opportunities that this area of work presents for the many artists and arts organisations working in the area of Arts & Health, and values the important contribution of health sector colleagues, health service users, carers, friends and volunteers to the development and vibrancy of the arts in Ireland. We are committed to working with our colleagues at a national level to support the strategic development of this area into the future.”