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Experience: Introduction to Arts, Health and the Older Person

What is Experience: Introduction to Arts, Health and the Older Person?

Experience: An Introduction to Arts, Health and the Older Person is an online learning initiative for arts practitioners led by Age & Opportunity and Réalta (formerly Waterford Healing Arts Trust). Experience was devised in 2021 in response to the need for more training and practical orientation for arts practitioners who already have experience of participatory work in a health context, and who are interested in developing their practice to include working with older people. Participants described the programme as ‘inspiring and beneficial’, ‘uplifting’, ‘insightful’, ‘useful’, ‘important’ and ‘essential’ with people highlighting the expertise and passion of the speakers, and the opportunity to interact with fellow artists.

How does it work?

This programme aims to outline the essential elements involved in working with older people in an arts and health context, and features presentations by some of the most experienced and inspiring practitioners working in this specialised field of practice.

Previous Experience Events:

Experience 2022 and the Response to Experience 2022

Experience 2021 and the Response to Experience 2021

How can I get involved?

Experience 2023: An Introduction to Arts, Health and the Older Person will take place on Thursday 7 December 2023 at the Centre for Arts + Health, University Hospital Waterford.  This is the first time that Experience will take place in person, having been an online learning programme for the last two years.  

Further details and booking information will follow in due course on www.ageandopportunity.ie/news  and www.realta.ie

Contact

For information or support, speak to our Arts team.
 01 805 7713
 arts@ageandopportunity.ie

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.

Arts Initiatives:

Bealtaine Festival

A month long collaborative festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

Cultural Companions

Works with the local authorities to create local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Arts Events Listings

A national arts listings advertising age-friendly events that take place throughout the year (apart from May). Find out more here.

National Arts in Nursing Homes Day

A day that celebrates the creative activity taking place in Irish care settings. Find out more.

Artists' Supports

Age & Opportunity runs a number of initiatives that support artists. Find out more.

Supports for Arts Organisations

Age & Opportunity supports arts organisations through a number of initiatives. Find out more here.

Supports for Care Settings

We have a range of creative supports for care settings. Find out more.

Arts Resources

We have a variety of resources available here.

Arts Initiatives:

Bealtaine Festival

A month long festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists, and community groups, working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

Cultural Companions

Creates local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Arts Events Listings

A national arts listings advertising age-friendly events that take place throughout the year (apart from May). Find out more here.

National Arts in Nursing Homes Day

A day that celebrates the creative activity taking place in Irish care settings. Find out more.

Artists' Supports

Age & Opportunity runs a number of initiatives that support artists. Find out more.

Supports for Arts Organisations

Age & Opportunity supports arts organisations through a number of initiatives. Find out more here.

Supports for Care Settings

We have a range of creative supports for care settings. Find out more.

Arts Resources

We have a variety of Arts Resources available here.

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:

  • happiness
  • mental wellbeing
  • reduced stress
  • improved cognition
  • sense of identity and personhood
  • increased self-esteem and confidence
  • reduced boredom.

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Principal Funders:

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