Artswork co-invests in Inspire // Create // Exchange programme for better mental health through arts & cultural practice
Date Created: 28th Feb 2017
Artswork has co-invested in the ICE Programme that is being developed and led by Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Better Life Chances team and Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
ICE: Inspire // Create // Exchange aims to address and explore important mental health issues with young people using high-quality arts and culture; to measure impact, share positive outcomes and in doing so seek to influence organisational change. For each phase or project group there will be an inspiration point, a participation phase and showcasing opportunities. There will be core target groups of young people directly engaged in project work, specifically the ‘Inspire’ and ‘Create’ stages, with artists and cultural practitioners, as well as a wider group of young people across Hampshire who will be reached and affected by the messages and artwork shared through the ‘Exchange’ phase.
Through engaging in high quality arts and cultural programmes partners aim to promote positive mental health, build young people’s emotional resilience and more specifically bring to the attention of all, the issue and impact of youth suicide and self-harm. This programme will primarily engage young people in Hampshire who have a high level of need but are unlikely to access arts and culture without the partners reaching out and creating targeted opportunities. The impact of this programme will be wide ranging, but the specific groups of young people who will benefit include: young carers, looked after children, those who identify with GID or LGBTQ, those who have been bereaved and those with autism or mental health difficulties.
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