Supporting Networks and Best Practice
What is it?
This initiative aims to support organisations and artists who work with older people and to promote best practice. Recently, we have been working with Dance Ireland and Dance Theatre of Ireland to support the development of a dance network for older people. In order to foster connection between industry and audience, we also provide online listings and event resources on our Bealtaine website.
How does it work?
Typically we work with an industry partner with a shared interest in prioritising the engagement of older people, while raising the standards of practice in that area. We also invite submissions to our online listings for any event that might be of interest to our audience.
How can I get involved?
This initiative is in development and we hope to work with different artforms at different times. We are also keen to hear from you if you have identified a need in relation to supporting networks and best practice (contact below). To keep updated on our progress, sign up to our newsletter at the link in the footer. To receive our latest online listings to your inbox, sign up to the Bealtaine e-zine.
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.
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.