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Hip Hop Heals logo
Do you believe in the power of Hip Hop and MC culture to transform health and wellbeing?           
SANE have launched another round of awards for the SANE Creative Awards Scheme, which offers up to £300 to individuals with mental health conditions (and their carers) to develop their creative potential.
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Logo for South Asian Heritage Month
Today is the final day of South Asian Heritage Month (18 July to 17 August 2021). As the month closes South Asian Heritage Month on twitter has been focusing on Afghanistan.

Blog

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Margaret Giller, Necklace of Stars. Photo copyright Lois Blackburn
Margaret Giller, Necklace of Stars. Photo copyright Lois Blackburn
Arts Derbyshire Arts Derbyshire is the strategic arts organisation for the county; its 100+ member organisations include arts organisations, local authorities and public bodies with a re
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Logo for South Asian Heritage Month
Today is the final day of South Asian Heritage Month (18 July to 17 August 2021). As the month closes South Asian Heritage Month on twitter has been focusing on Afghanistan.
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Cheryl C Edwards artwork
Cheryl C Edwards
A story about the growth of a virtual community that emerged from the concept of one artist in North Wales that  reached very much further afield. In the words of artists, and group members, Helen Griffiths and Pete Leonard. 

Stories of lived experience

" Part of life is to nurture our creative needs.  This has also become a coping mechanism and a self-soothing technique which has been extremely helpful during times of difficulty and now perhaps even more so with the Coronavirus lockdown."
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Solidarity  The strength of togetherness.   The figures in the middle hold the circle of hope, the power of mutual respect, inclusion and unity. The swirl of Blue shows clarity for the need for connections and Green shows balance and harmony.   ‘Above all, see me as a person first, a fellow co-human’.
Solidarity, Shanali Perera
The Lived Experience Network (LENs) appointed their first two Directors, Mah Rana and Claire Clews in February 2021. This was part of the LENs process of becoming an independent CIC, enabling the collective to pursue their mission and aims to put lived experience and meaningful co-production at the heart for the cultur
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Sonia Boué performing with hand mirrors
Sonia Boué, Neurophotography
Sonia Boué's guest blog introducing her Neurophototherapy project which is exploring art use to recover from a lifetime of identification with the wrong neurological type.

A Day in the Life

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Bini Atkinson Pandemic 1
Bini Atkinson
" During the last 15 years my work has centred around my health as I grow older. I’ve documented and interpreted my medical notes/ scans and worked alongside my surgeon in providing evidence for art/creative acts having benefits to healing and wellbeing."
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Alexia Quin
Music as Therapy International
My teens were spent volunteering in a number of different places where I had the chance to explore the relevance of music within care and this led me to set up Music as Therapy in 1995 and to train as a music therapist myself.
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Artist sketch of nursing staff on Covid ward
Paul Digby
I graduated in 1997, although previous to this I had been exhibiting and had met the social psychiatrist Prof Julian Leff who had an influence on my direction...

International

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The National Organization for Arts in Health is pleased to invite presenters to submit a proposal for the fifth annual second virtual national conference, The Art of Resilience on October 19 – 21, 2021.
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Hear and Now 2019 in Bedford, co-produced by Orchestras Live and the Philharmonia Orchestra © Beth Walsh
Hear and Now 2019 in Bedford, co-produced by Orchestras Live and the Philharmonia Orchestra © Beth Walsh
An invitation on behalf of the international Music for Social Impact research project fun
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Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California
Seeking participants for new online study to find out.