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Leading arts, health and education practitioners to gather for international conference

Leading arts, health and education practitioners to gather for international conference

Over 100 leading global practitioners from the arts, health and education will gather in Shropshire this August to collaborate on creativity and wellbeing in education and the community at a major international conference.

‘Building Bridges’ in Applied Arts and Health, Education and Community is organised by Professor Ross Prior, Professor of Learning and Teaching in the Arts in Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton. Professor Prior is also Editor of the prestigious Journal of Applied Arts & Health, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the event.

“Utilising the arts as a way to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of individuals and communities is a very topical issue, and we’re bringing together many leading figures in these areas to open up further dialogue and share best practice on how the arts can benefit health across the world,” says Professor Prior.

“We will be discussing areas such as how the arts can help the loneliness epidemic sweeping our society, and how it’s a critical time in history for valuing the role of the arts in health, education and community.”

“We’ll be welcoming delegates who work in areas such as arts therapists, medical staff, artists, educators, researchers, policy makers, consultants, applied arts practitioners including integrative, multimodal arts processes for personal transformation, community development, heritage and wellbeing, social change and healing through the arts. It’s a broad collection of delegates who are attempting to ‘build bridges’ in understanding, both in theory and practice.”

Keynote speakers include:

-         Dr Patricia Fenner, La Trobe University (Australia).

-         J. Todd Frazier, Houston Methodist Hospital Center for Performing Arts Medicine (USA).

-         Dr Debra Kalmanowitz (Israel).

-         Professor Vicky Karkou, Edge Hill University (UK).

-         Dr Mitchell Kossak, Lesley University (USA).

-         Professor Shaun McNiff, Lesley University (USA).

-         Dr Nisha Sajnani, New York University (USA).

-         Professor Ross W. Prior, University of Wolverhampton (UK).

The conference runs from 7 – 10 August 2019 at the Telford Centre Hotel


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