Arts and Creative Charter for Older People
What is the Arts and Creative Charter for Older People?
The Arts and Creative Charter for Older People aims to raise the standard of arts practice in relation to older people and to create confidence amongst older people in relation to participating in the arts in Ireland. The initiative is an alignment and collaboration between arts policymakers, practitioners and the public.
How does it work?
We are bringing together a Stakeholders Co-Design Group made up of focus groups, members of the public and arts organisations to input into an arts charter for older people. The charter will be tested through public consultation and it is envisaged it will be completed in late 2021.
How can I get involved?
This initiative is part of our arts audience and organisational development work, and is geared towards arts organisations who are working or wish to work with older people in Ireland. If you would like to keep updated on this work, subscribe to our newsletter at the link in the footer.
ORGANISATION & ART PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT : To support and inform arts organisations who work with or wish to work with older people and to raise the standard of arts practice more generally in the area of the arts and older people.
AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT: This strand is intended to encourage and facilitate more older people to participate in the arts, and to enhance the experience of audiences.
We believe that, whether you are 8 or 80 years old, we all should have access and opportunities to attend and participate in the arts and to realise our creative potential. Fresh thinking, bold experimentation and creativity are all fundamental to delivering a high quality of life for older people.
Research shows that arts programmes involving music, visual arts and drama, among other activities, have a profound influence on the quality of life of older people, with positive impacts on health, psychological well-being, confidence and autonomy as well as other benefits such as:
- mental wellbeing
- reduced stress
- improved cognition
- sense of identity and personhood
- increased self-esteem and confidence
- reduced boredom.