Participatory Performing Arts: Summarising our Approach

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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

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This report by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, an organisation at the forefront of arts and community health interventions in the UK, outlines the motives, strategies, and goals of the participatory performing arts programme that the group carried out with at consortia of ten partner organisations in 2016-2017.

Working with partner arts organisations of varying scales, arts statutory bodies like the UK Arts Council, other trusts and foundations, academics, and international arts organisations, the Foundation undertook innovative participatory arts projects throughout the UK and put on educational, community-fostering arts events in the Shoreditch area of London, in order to increase participation of vulnerable or underserved community members in the arts, in an effort to strengthen overall community ties and improve well-being.

The broader goals of the project and the Foundation are to bring participatory performing arts into the mainstream, legitimizing its artistic integrity and value as a tool to strengthen communities and improve the health and well-being of individuals. In this way the Foundation also hopes to increase the investment of financial stakeholders and academic researchers in participatory arts, and elucidate methods of best-practice and successful models of finance by conducting long-term assessments of the programme.

Evidence Type: Policy Document

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. (2016). Participatory Performing Arts: Summarising our Approach. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch).