Arts for wellbeing
Categories: Housing, Projects

This project was initiated as a result of conversations between Race Equality Foundation, Flourishing Lives, and HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network. The plan was to bring together arts and wellbeing professionals from across the Flourishing Lives coalition and representatives from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community groups for open and exploratory conversations. These conversations would explore ways in which arts organisations could improve their inclusive practice to ensure that people from a BAME background are genuinely engaged, and furthermore would increase the direct involvement of these communities in the development of cultural programmes, and the valuing of lived experience. A key component would be to ensure the fairer distribution of resources, so that BAME-led arts organisations could play a key role. In achieving this, it was hoped that the often-evidenced link between the arts and improvements in wellbeing would be better extended to BAME communities.

Join us for our third and final workshop in the series:

Reimagining Resourcing: Piecing together a new funding system for BME-led projects and organisations

This event is aimed at BME-led projects and organisations making vital interventions in the arts, health and well-being. We will have input from funders seeking to better support this cohort and foundation-watchers who can reflect on recent changes.

Together participants will seek to understand changes in funding practice in the last year and experiences of engaging with funders. How can positive changes be built upon and extended? How might they be the basis for a new funding system?

This workshop recognises the work still required to properly fund BME-led projects and organisations and racial equity more generally. It also tries to mark out a pathway towards serious investment in life-affirming racial justice.

Wednesday 8th September 10-12pm register here.

We are hosting a one off workshop in partnership with 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance.

The Mending Room

Through the power of arts, creativity, culture and heritage, 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance is working collaboratively, bringing together individuals, community groups and partner organisations in Brixton to create events and activities that explore the issues at stake and learn from its history of struggle.

This talk and Q&A session is suited to anyone connected to arts, creativity, culture, heritage, social justice, welfare, community work, etc particularly if you’re interested in innovation or creative/innovative practice. See here for more information on the upcoming event.

This event is a special opportunity to meet The Menders and Tony Cealy from 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance. Followed by a Q&A we will be going through the

-Story behind the Mending Room

-More about The Menders and their motivations

-A description the Mending Room experience

-An exploration into the future opportunities and relevance of the Mending Room

More information available here.

Tuesday 24th August 3:30-5 pm register here.

Poem produced for our strengthening BAME inclusion in the arts project Decolonisation by Haylee Venus

Our previous roundtables and events:

Register for our regular bulletin keeping us connected and up to date on activities and action making BAME inclusion central to the arts and health and wellbeing.

For more information please contact Leandra Box | +44 7973836792