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 arts practices in health care settings


The project is characterised by ACD-Agency for Cultural Diplomacy vision, to support the cross-generational health and welbeing through creative art practices and the use of AI-tools, while engaging blind & visually impaired youth.

Furthermore, the project activities are developed as a part of the ArtImpact2030- initiative which has been started in response to the current global endeavours toward the realization of the 17 Global Goals, as proclaimed in the UN Agenda 2030, connected with the ACD-platform Arts_Sciences_Culturaldiplomacy2030 

The project activities will enhance individual and community health and wellbeing through intercultural art education with ecosomatic practices in health care settings.

Art*Health Session series brings together local, regional and international professionals from arts and health sector, through participative and collaborative practices such as dance, fine arts and music, including Yoga, and some other concepts with ecosomatic approach. 

Key terms: Mental health, BodyIntegrity, Dance Arts, Fine arts, Voice and Gesture, Literature, Prevention, ecosomatic approach,  WHO, BGF (Betriebliche Gesundheitsförderung), Adaptive Management, cross-sectoral partnerships, UN SDGs: 4a, 4.7, 4.5, 5.1, 5.5, 8.9, 9.1, 10.2, 16.10, 17.16, 17.17


More in depth

Art practice enables interactive, participative, and integrative learning opportunities, 
and supports health in general and well-being through multi-sensorial experiences and a variety of expressional forms. The first comprehensive report on evidence of Arts for health has been launched by the World Health Organisation Europe (WHO) in 2019: 
“The examples cited in this groundbreaking WHO report show ways the arts can tackle ‘wicked’ or complex health challenges such as diabetes, obesity, and mental ill health. They consider health and well-being in a broader societal and community context, and offer solutions that common medical practice has so far been unable to address effectively,” Dr. Östlin explains.
Artistic practice enables interactive, participatory, and integrative learning opportunities that are accessible and understandable for all people, supports, among other things, health in general and the development of mindful relationships with the natural and social environment and thus contributes to sensitivity to violence and a sense of social responsibility.
Mental health is the basis for holistic well-being.
By means of simple, short, and yet effective exercise sequences, health can be supported every day and thus well-being can be increased and much more.
Primary prevention helps to avoid and reduce known risk factors.
Where to start?
According to the results of an international survey conducted by UNICEF and the Gallup Institute in 21 countries in the summer of 2021, 19 percent of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 often feel depressed.
A separate UNICEF analysis for Europe reveals the extent of youth mental health problems in Europe. Nine million young people between the ages of 10 and 19 live here with a mental illness, i.e. 16.3 percent. Suicide is the second leading cause of death.
Anxiety and depression are the most common mental illnesses in Europe - more than half (55%) of all mental illnesses are related to anxiety or depression (for girls it is even more than 70%).
In Austria, the situation is even more dramatic. In this country, 18.2 percent of 10-19-year-olds suffer from mental health problems. That's almost 160,000 young people in Austria. 24% of children and adolescents in Austria show at least symptoms of a mental illness in the course of their young lives. These include suicidal thoughts, non-suicidal self-injurious behavior, depression, anxiety, compulsive behavior, and aggression.´
What causes have been identified for this?
´Cardiovascular diseases are among the most common diseases worldwide. They are the most frequent cause of death in Western countries with around 45 percent and in developing countries with around 25 percent of all deaths. Around 17.3 million people worldwide die every year as a result of cardiovascular disease. In Austria, cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death in women over 65 and men over 45, with 47 percent of women and 38 percent of men citing cardiovascular diseases as the cause of death. The gender differences are based on both biological and psychosocial differences.´
´According to research results from MedUni Vienna, arterial hypertension is one of the most important risk factors for cardiovascular diseases in adulthood.
However, this clinical picture can already begin in childhood and lead to complications at an early stage.'
However, while primary hypertension occurs in 1.4 percent of normal-weight and 7.1 percent of overweight adolescents, the proportion increases to 25 percent in obese teenagers. "In particular, the abdominal fat associated with an increased abdominal circumference is associated with high blood pressure and early diseases of the cardiovascular system," reports Susanne Greber-Platzer, Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at MedUni Vienna.
In addition to factors such as anxiety, pressure, and stress, lack of exercise in turn leads to a threefold increased risk of hypertension. The increasing long-lasting burdens of fear, pressure, and stress in childhood and adolescence are also associated with an increase in blood pressure
Among other things, a collection of useful recommendations for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases can be found via the Health Portal Austria.
“Bringing the arts into human life through activities such as dancing, singing, visiting museums and concerts offers a new dimension in terms of improving physical and mental health,” says Dr. Piroska Östlin, acting WHO Regional Director for Europe. (In WHO Europe report Art&Health 2019)
How can artistic practice contribute to reducing the risks and providing primary prevention?
Following the question, the arts4health project was created with the aim, in cooperation with specialist departments and staff, researchers, and the respective target groups, to bring in the already developed and tested methods, across generations, an Ecomosmatic approach for practices that can be an integrated into everyday life and also practiced independently, includes respiratory exercises followed by structured guided imagery is accompanied with inTalk sessions, physical training, and instant composition which is approached to improving embodiment, wellbeing, and relational awareness. (Ideokinesis[1] approach). 

[1] Ideokinesis, explained by Eric Frankin:  Franklin, Eric (2012) [1996]. Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. pp. 4, 6–7, 277.


Art4Health Sessions with professionals from the field of dance&music:

 Zalike Art*Health page



Dance meditations, breathing exercises, movement & talk, multilingual storytelling, multimedia settings


Projects and participants:

ranging from consulting and training Sessions for leaders in educational institutions starting from elementary level, youth, students, to academia, municipalities, media representatives, cultural promoters and all other interested

Blog posts, videos, inTalk-interviews with professionals are shared on ACD-media pages with wider audiences.

The project starts in March 2021 

Initiative in Austria for the improvement of the employment opportunities for professionals from Art/Culture & blind young students & professionals through cross-sectoral partnerships KuBiPa2030



Solidarty Project 

C-19 art response 




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