Art and culture are a fundamental part of humanity.
Experiencing and making art in social and health care sector such as nursing homes can be challenging for many different reasons. One big problem is that art services provided by municipalities rarely go beyond the traditional arts environments such as museums and theatres or arts education institutions. This system excludes a lot of people which are incapable to access the services. Art activities in the health and social care settings are also often organized by the staff and are mainly stimulating activity. Expertise of art professionals are utilized mainly in short-term projects and activity will cease at the end of project funding. In our opinion this rises a demand for a new approach which could provide sustainable model to offer long term cooperation with professional artists.
Wellbeing residency is a concept which meets this demand. It merges artist-in-residence programs and socially engaged art. If regular artist-in-residence programs invite artists to develop their projects within the premises of an institution, wellbeing residencies are usually tightly connected to social and healthcare organizations – such as care homes, hospitals, prisons or receptions centres. Artists use arts-based methods and work on their art projects together with the inhabitants of these institutions, often living and working in these communities.
Since June 2018 Riga Circus together with 5 organisations from Latvia, Russia, Finland and Sweden have created a Wellbeing Residency Network. The network works on a 3 year Think Tank project to create a methodology to start a wellbeing practice in each of these countries. Wellbeing Residency Network includes: Sansusī Residency (Latvia), Cross-art Association Piste(Finland), Social and Cultural Youth Center (Russia), Norrbotten County Council (Sweden), Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
May 7th, 2019
Venue: Riga Circus Small Stage (entrance from A.Kalnina street)
KNOWLEDGE BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF ART COLLABORATION WITH HEALTH AND SOCIAL SECTORS
12:00–13:00 LUNCH BREAK
LOCAL INITIATIVES – CHALLENGES AND SUCCESS
15:00–15:30 COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING
Participation in the conference is free of charge.
For questions and inquiries please get in touch with:
Odrija Fišere, +371 28382408, firstname.lastname@example.org