martes, 8 de junio de 2021

SWAIP Webinar: Social Inclusion and Well-Being through the Arts and Interdisciplinary Practices


SWAIP Webinar

Social Inclusion and Well-Being through the Arts and Interdisciplinary Practices

Date: Thursday 10th June from 14:00 to 16:30 CET (12:00-14:30 Icelandic time)
Organizer: Iceland University of the Arts
Location: On-line
Registration deadline: 8 June

The event will be in English

In this webinar about the SWAIP Erasmus+ project (2018-2021), we celebrate the findings of the process and introduce a new study programme, expected to launch autumn 2022 at the Iceland University of the Arts. The goal of the SWAIP study programme is to introduce students to art‘s abilities to make connections, facilitate well-being, empowerment and strengthen self-confidence. Emphasis is on training flexible and sensitive artists, capable of relating to advanced ideas and finding new roles in the constant changing society.

The project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme.

jueves, 12 de diciembre de 2019

Art and Culture as Therapy in Museum Picasso Malaga

Organized by Museum Picasso Malaga, the Art Laboratory for Memory Loss addressed people who work within the cultural sector and museums, in cultural and social management, are experts in cooperation development, social agents, and people affected by the process of cognitive deterioration, their caregivers and families. During the morning and afternoon sessions, focused on Art and Memory, professionals within the cultural sector offered participants tools which they could apply in their respective professional fields. 

With the participation of Halldóra Arnardóttir, with title Art, Science and Alzheimer, she started her session with a greeting, and a physical and emotional warm-up. In continuation, she explained the project „Art and Culture as Therapy“ put into practice at the Demencia Unit at the Virgen de la Arrixaca Hospital in Murcia, and drew out the main aims and conclusions in relation to factors such as emotions, quality of life and social communication. This was an interactive talk and aimed to find elements that showed why and how the arts could help the scientific investigation and be part of a non-pharmacological treatment for Alzheimer. What were the tools that arts could offer the investigation? 

The second part of the session focused on practical cases inside the exhibition Calder-Picasso, evocing emotions and stimulating dialogues about preselected works. For example, the conversation about "Woman seated in a Red Armchair" started with "how is she sitting?" and finished with "a woman embracing a baby, a mother".

martes, 29 de octubre de 2019

The "MuBAM Alzheimer Project" in Prague October 2-3, 2019

International conference „Culture Connects. Social inclusion: creative partnerships of culture with other sectors”, took place in Prague, Ministry of Culture, on October 2-3, 2019. The event was organised by National Information and Consulting Centre for Culture (NIPOS), Czech Ministry of Culture and other partners.

The aim of the conference was to open the discussion on the role of culture in the process of social inclusion, its situation in the Czech Republic and inspiration from Europe and abroad. 
Spain was represented by the MuBAM Alzheimer Project and its speaker took part in the panel discussion of “Health and Culture”, introduced the MuBAM project in the “Culture and Institution” section, as well as took part in discussions.

See further about the program and Conference:

martes, 26 de marzo de 2019

The Network keeps growing within Art and Culture as Therapy for Alzheimer!

Art and Culture as Therapy for Alzheimer’s in the Seminar: Health and Culture create Welfare- 27-28 March 2019, St Petersburg, Russia.

The seminar is arranged within the framework of the Nordic-Russian project Quality of Life - Health and Culture, which focus on how culture is used in health care and rehabilitation of children, adults and elderly people, including people with special needs. The objective of the project Quality of Life - Health and Culture is to strengthen Nordic-Russian cooperation and exchange of knowledge on culture in health care. Culture and health is a relatively new growing knowledge field in the Nordic countries and NW Russia. A healthy population has a positive influence on the countries’ competitiveness, growth and innovative capacity. The combination of culture and health cooperation contributes to increased sustainability within health care.  

The project is financed by Nordic Council of Ministers and the Health Committee of the City of St. Petersburg is co-operation partner in Russia. Other partners are: City of Turku, Finland, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden, and Ministry of Welfare, Iceland.

miércoles, 13 de marzo de 2019

Art and Culture as Therapy for Alzheimer’s at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, 18 March 2019

Meeting with museum educators at the National Museum of Korea, to introduce and exchange ideas of how culture can connect to people’s life history, for those who suffer the Alzheimer disease. 
Spain, Iceland, South Korea – very different cultures yet the methodology is the same to approach the citizen!

viernes, 1 de marzo de 2019

Social inclusion and Well-being through the Arts and Interdisciplinary Practices (SWAIP)

Art and Culture as Therapy for Alzheimer’s is one of the basic columns in the European partner project Social inclusion and Well-being through the Arts and Interdisciplinary Practices (SWAIP),led by Iceland University of the Arts, and whichaim it to modernise curricula and learning environment in higher arts education in relation to the arts and interdisciplinary practices.
During the two years of the project, the goal is to develop a study programme that will prepare students for working with social inclusion in their artistic projects, being aware of art’s abilities to make connections and reach out to people, increasing participants’ well-being, empowerment and strengthening self-confidence.
The first workshop took place at the University of Alicante 4-8 March 2019: “Architecture and Dementia” with the participant countries from Iceland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, England and Finland.

sábado, 21 de abril de 2018

Lecture, "Art and Culture as Therapy" in a Nordic Expert meeting in Stockholm

The Center for Arts and Culture in Healthcare, at Stockholm County Council, invites all of you to attend the conference Culture and health across the lifespan – a broad and promising field of knowledge in Stockholm, 4thof May 2018
The conference is a Nordic expert meeting, part of the official program of the Swedish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2018. Its objective is to incite a broad knowledge and experience exchange within a field with potential to complement and contribute in current healthcare’s efforts towards enhanced sustainability.

See: Culture and Health

Hopefully our project can propose and offer new ideas :)

lunes, 26 de marzo de 2018

Art and Culture as Therapy in Icelandic Museums

Now there are three museums in Iceland which offer special programs for individuals with Alzheimer and their caregivers! They offer guided visits once a month in collaboration with specific Day Centres in Reykjavík and vicinity. These are the National Gallery of Art, Reykjavík Art Museum and National Museum of Iceland, all different in character and thus serve as a reference for others around the country. And more are in the pipeline... :)

domingo, 15 de octubre de 2017

Art and Culture as Therapy: Icelandic museums and Alzheimer

It was an extraordinary experience to see the apparent energy during the two days presentation of the book, Art and Culture as Therapy: Icelandic museums and Alzheimer, 19th and 20th September 2017. Below are some images from Francesca Rosenberg‘s lecture in Salurinn Kópavogur where she explained MoMA‘s Alzheimer program "Meet me at MoMA". In the following posts are images from the workshops at the National Gallery of Iceland. There we worked from the exhibition Nation‘s Treasures, ‘ways of seeing’ through the arts, literature, music and architecture incollaboration with artists and students from Iceland Academy of the Arts.