Arts Council England Announce Sector Support Organisation Status for New Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance
The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing and the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing are pleased to announce that from April 2018 will be merging to become a new Sector Support Organisation, the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA). Funded by Arts Council England as part of the National Portfolio Fund 2018-2022, the new organisation will be led by Arts & Health South West.
Alex Coulter, Director of Arts & Health South West says: ‘We are extremely grateful to Arts Council England for recognising the importance of supporting arts and cultural organisations to embed health and wellbeing in their work. The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance will work towards a national infrastructure to realise the potential for the arts and culture to contribute to creating a healthy society‘.
CHWA will combine the complementary strengths of the two sectors and will have a strong emphasis on the potential of national strategic developments that can be activated by strong regional and local place based working. CHWA will work with the sector to develop training and advocacy, methods and platforms for sharing evidence, as well as opportunities for networking between the cultural and health sectors. It will provide the secretariat to the All- Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing and be a key partner in delivering the recommendations of the APPG’s 2 Year Inquiry to be announced in parliament on 19th July.
Prof Helen Chatterjee, Chair and Co-Founder of the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing says: We are delighted to be able to take forward the work of the Alliance in collaboration with the arts and health sector, which has been a source of inspiration for museums. In turn we look forward to sharing the museum sector’s experience of engaging audiences with the nations heritage to benefit the wider cultural sector.
The new alliance constitutes the biggest alliance of culture and health organisations and practitioners that there has ever been and this represents a major opportunity for both the culture and health sectors, as Deborah Munt, Chair of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing explains:
‘The culture, health and wellbeing sector safeguards a particular set of values, perspectives and ambitions in relation to human health and flourishing and its workforce overflows with great imagination and bold ideas. Through CHWA we can help create the conditions in which this gains more traction, greater visibility and deliberate development so that ultimately more people can actively choose culture in shaping their own wellbeing.’