The benefits of arts – based activities are now formally recognised in a number of best practice standards. There are however barriers to applying appropriate activities. These include limited clarity about what works and why, difficulties with engaging with multiple individual artists, confidence about standards of performance, difficulty in providing evidence of benefit, and balancing cost and effectiveness. Kent Arts and Wellbeing was established to address these issues.
We create, develop and promote arts -based activities that deliver improved wellbeing for individuals and communities.
We do this by:
- creating opportunity.
- establishing standards of performance and assessment.
- building the capacity to deliver arts based activities.
- brokering activities between commissioners and artists.
- creating sustainable initiatives.
Our approach recognises that commissioner funding is limited, and we therefore seek to leverage benefits both by encouraging and developing volunteers, and by securing additional funding. We also aim to develop initiatives so that users take responsibility for longer term sustainability.