Guardian article on social prescriptions

This article details a range of creative ‘social prescription’ initiatives to improve health and wellbeing. Examples include the House of Memories in Liverpool for those suffering with dementia and Health Cornwall which has provided funding for all manner of creative activities.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/28/arts-boost-nations-health-nhs-funding-arts-council

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/projects/house-of-memories/

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Talking about freedom rather than change

By Veena Vasista
“I’m no longer intent on giving rise to change. Instead, I’m intent on giving rise to freedom.” (…) “Living together differently requires changes; changes to our beliefs, assumptions and stories. In my experience, changes in these realms happen in different ways, through disciplined practices of acceptance, inquiry, surrender and conscious creativity.”

http://seeandconnect.com/2014/10/04/talking-about-freedom-rather-than-change/

Justice: correcting everything that stands against love

Veena Vasista writes on her blog See & Connect

“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Rooting our power in love and justice calls on us to stand in the fire and to bear witness what we see in the fire. It further calls upon us to take action in the way that holds ourselves and others accountable. To be truly powerful, MLK was steering us to root this accountability in love, so that we don’t respond to abuse with abuse, harm with harm.
How do we steadfastly confront people who are standing against love?  What does it mean to you, in practice, to root your creativity and power in love and justice?”

http://seeandconnect.com/2014/08/28/justice-correcting-everything-that-stands-against-love/

National Theatre Wales: THE BIG DEMOCRACY PROJECT

National Theatre Wales’ Assembly programme is developing into a new, three-year programme of work called The Big Democracy Project, which will explore how art and creativity can play a part in helping communities across Wales re-engage with the democratic process.
For the first year of the The Big Democracy Project, National Theatre Wales will work across Wales holding four Assemblies as it has previously done: proposed and organised by local communities, voted for by the public – and at their core will be a discussion on how we can create the Wales we want. But where previous Assemblies could be on any subject dear to the bidder’s heart, the Big Democracy Project will focus on local political issues with a national, or even global relevance.
Assembly proposals could explore issues like cuts and austerity measures, immigration, climate change, or education. And crucially, an emphasis will be made on action – what can we do to move us closer to the Wales we want?
All four Assemblies will be streamed online, meaning a UK-wide and international audience will be able to follow and even engage with each conversation. For the Big Democracy Project, National Theatre Wales aims to: ask big questions about our democracy; help Wales imagine the future it wants; make a real change to the lives of people in Wales and beyond; instigate action through art.

http://nationaltheatrewales.org/big-democracy-project

Is this the perfect playground, full of junk?

By Anne Moore in The Guardian
“The Land is close to the original adventure playgrounds that started in Denmark during the second world war. The first was created by the landscape architect Carl Theodor Sørensen after watching children playing on bombsites, building and demolishing. It opened in Copenhagen in August 1943 and was known as askrammellegepladsen, which translates as “junk playground”. Nothing was static or expensive – it was all wood, rope, empty vehicles, bricks and logs, and the children had the power to create their own world.”

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/may/10/perfect-childrens-playground-the-land-plas-madoc-wales