Participatory Arts and Well-being: Past and Present Practices

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Billington J, Fyfe H, Milling J, Schaefer K

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Connected Communities

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As part of the Connected Communities programme, this project aimed to examine diverse definitions of communal well-being and the complex ways in which participatory arts, past and present, have contributed to and sustained community well-being. It set out to study examples of best practice in content, process, outcome and impact, of historic and contemporary participatory arts activity.

Several key issues emerged including questions of evaluation, benefits and experience, socio-economic inequality, the quality and integrity of artistic processes.

Connected Communities was a cross-Council Programme being led by the AHRC in partnership with the EPSRC, ESRC, MRC and NERC and a range of external partners.

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

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Billington, J. Fyfe, H. Milling, J. and Schaefer, K. (2012) Participatory Arts and Well-being: Past and Present Practices. UK: Connected Communities.