Sector Opportunities

Arts organisations required for new online platform by Aesop

Aesop is currently seeking art organisations to help develop and appear on a new online platform. The platform will be primarily focused on people over 60, helping them to quickly and easily find a wide variety of high quality arts programmes that provide health benefits.

Aesop is leading this programme, with financial support from the National Lottery Community Fund, and with its current partners: The Reader and Sing to Beat They want to ensure the new platform is as comprehensive as possible and, therefore, would like to hear from any arts organisation currently working in arts-and-health. To be included, programmes will need independent quantitative evidence of their health outcomes.

Aesop is already well known for its own nationally available Dance to Health service as well as for its wider leadership role in showcasing and promoting best practice within the field of arts and health through biennial conferences, annual surveys of attitudes within the health sector to the arts, professional development for the sector through the Aesop Institute and the development of concepts and tools for arts and health evaluation.

The evidence requirement is important. Not all arts-and-health programmes improve the health of older people. For example, research has shown that ‘dance reduces older people’s falls’ is not true. Only certain kinds of dance reduce falls. Dance to Health can reduce falls by 58%.

Tim Joss Aesop’s Chief Executive and Founder says:

We are very pleased to be developing this new service with our initial partners The Reader and Sing to Beat. For older people, it collects high-quality programmes in one accessible place. For arts partners, it’s a chance to be showcased, reach many more older people and share practice and learn from other arts partners.

To find our more or to get involved please contact: Sharon Sanderson, Programme Manager, at sharonsanderson[at]ae-sop.org

 

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