Sustainable arts and health: the role of a university in facilitating an intergenerational, interdisciplinary community arts project
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
Subjectsarts and health
Subject Categories::W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
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AbstractThere is growing interest in the use of intergenerational practice in arts and health to support psychological well-being and community cohesion. However, little research has addressed the facilitation of such projects, or how higher education institutions can support them. Here we examine the role of the University of Bedfordshire in Generations Dancing, an 11-week dance and photography project for older adults and young people in Bedford. Focus groups were conducted with the older adults, young people, artists, independent living centre leaders, and schoolteachers involved. Inductive content analysis highlighted the university’s role in brokering between community sectors, promoting the project, and offering resources. These factors appeared to play a significant part in enabling the project to develop beyond what smaller organizations working independently might have achieved, and in facilitating a sustainable model for its perpetuation.
CitationFarrer R, Douse L, Aujla I (2022) 'Sustainable arts and health: the role of a university in facilitating an intergenerational, interdisciplinary community arts project', Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 26 (1), pp.89-104.
PublisherUniversity of Georgia
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