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Practising Public HealthAn Eyewitness Account$
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John Ashton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743170

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198743170.001.0001

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Culture, arts, and wellbeing

Culture, arts, and wellbeing

(p.231) Chapter 9 Culture, arts, and wellbeing
Practising Public Health

John Ashton

Oxford University Press

In this chapter the indivisibility of culture and the arts from health and wellbeing is explored through a variety of modalities; the power of the humanities to help us understand and explain the meaning of the challenges that affect us on life’s journey are explained; and the use of public spaces to engage with the public to promote health and wellbeing is described. Examples include: - The extensive use of the total environment of an international garden festival as a ‘health field’ for health promotion; - The value of cultural activity as a means for building peace and trust in the context of the post Northern Ireland Troubles; - An extended partnership and collaboration with the Liverpool artist and poet Adrian Henri, including an extensive programme of events to celebrate 150 years of public health in Liverpool; - The use of culture and the arts to restore public trust after serious clinical service failure; - The role of cultural facilities in providing support for dementia sufferers and their careers; and - The importance of ‘storytelling’ as a tool for public engagement and understanding of health and wellbeing.

Keywords:   indivisibility of culture, arts, and health, power of the humanities, violence, peace, solidarity, environments and happenings, New Public Health, Healthy Cities, public health artist-in-residence, strategy for arts and health, dementia, museums, galleries

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