The Center for Arts-based Methodologies and Wellbeing works on the application of arts-based methodologies in initiatives that benefit the wellbeing of individuals, communities, organisations and the environment.
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The arts promote creative thinking, problem solving and leadership skills and is an excellent tool to engage and encourage students in a way that is enjoyable, deeply reflective and resource oriented. Arts-based methodologies engage the learner personally and emotionally and can help students develop confidence and self esteem while building effective communication and interpersonal skills. Furthermore, just about any subject can be taught using arts-based methodologies in both school and out of school settings.
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Art making is a complex and multi-modal activity combining many components that are well known to be health promotors. These include aesthetic engagement, involvement of the imagination, sensory and motor activation, evocation of emotion and cognitive stimulation. An art activity may also involve social interaction and physical activity and has direct consequences in the health and health-care setting. This is apart from the well established efficacy or art as a mode of therapy.
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Art has the capacity to create public demand, build capacity, agency, and energise the movement towards nurturing sustainable economies within built and natural environments. Environmental sustainability is at the root of health, safety and the long-term integrity of the places we live, work and play in. This is a shared responsibility that we all have regardless of what sector we associate with i.e. changing how we live in relation to our natural environment and to each other
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Other than primary research, The Centre considers every intervention it conducts as operational research towards deepening and developing its own capacities and innovations and the development of resources. We constantly self-monitor and conduct internal reviews based on feedback and evaluations and original research projects. This information is collected and collated towards the development of resources that individuals and institutions may find useful for the integration of arts-based methodologies in their work.
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Culture does not only mean experiences and activities, but is also habits, notions of morality and values, in short, the "sphere of life" and the meanings we share with others as members of a social community and that express what is meaning-full. Thus a society's culture, or its cultural conceptions of normality and illness, influence the well-being of people. This includes music, dance, theatre and the various other forms of cultural aesthetics. Moreover, one may in an artistic project critically challenge society's view of what is healthy and what is not.