A Guide to Evaluating Participatory Arts and Health Projects
The Guide has been developed as a result of a partnership between Dudley PCT, Creative Health CIC and Arts Council England. During 2011 the Partnership developed a programme of arts and health projects. Each project contributed to reducing health inequalities by meeting specific public health outcomes. Projects focused on supporting PCT staff and their partners to engage with a range of people and communities in a different way.
As a result of this work children and young people:
• Explored the concept of smoke-free environments by creating messages to support the smoke-free homes campaign
• Participated in a grants based scheme which encouraged young people to develop ways to encourage their peers to take part in activities in smoke-free environments
• Created art work to promote positive mental health messages
• Used drama and the visual arts to explore a range of sensitive issues as part of the SRE curriculum in schools
Adults from a range of minority ethnic communities worked with artists to use a variety of art media including pottery, textiles, painting and photography to:
• Raise awareness of breast, bowel and cervical cancer. Through the workshops words and images were developed to inform the content and design for local cancer awareness resources translated into Arabic, Urdu and Punjabi.
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