A programme of arts and health activities, predominately aimed at those experiencing mental health problems
‘Taking pART’ is a new Arts & Health partnership project by artsNK and Transported and will be delivered as a taster programme of free integrated visual arts activities in the libraries of Boston and Spalding. The activities are funded by the Mental Health Promotion Fund through the Managed Care Network and Transported and are accessible to all members of the community with a special emphasis to integrate those experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues. The activities are designed to develop new skills, build lasting relationships and encourage mutual support in a welcoming and inclusive environment.
We are working with health partners to pilot arts and health projects as a stepping stone to developing a new area of activity for the county.
We know that the arts can contribute to wellbeing and there is an increasing body of evidence to support this. We also know the sector is shrinking, and some health clients have been regular visitors to Transported events and workshops.
In order to sustain the arts in Boston Borough and South Holland we will focus on ensuring service providers are aware of the value the arts can deliver and take steps to establish the partnership and expertise to be able to deliver. This is especially important as well as challenging in rural areas.