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Author Chatterjee H.J., Camic P.M.
Title The health and well-being potential of museums and art galleries

Chatterjee H.J., Camic P.M.; The health and well-being potential of museums and art galleries ;Arts and Health vol:7 issue: 3 page:183.0

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Abstract Participation in creative cultural activities has received increasing attention by researchers and policy makers and is considered by some as an important new focus for public heath programmes and research (Clift & Camic, 2015; Cuypers et al., 2012; O’Neil, 2010). In recent years, many museums, including art galleries, have broadened their services to include those directed towards improving health and well-being. The museums sector has responded to the global trend of increased awareness of health and well-being challenges by creating programmes for older adults, people with dementia and mental health service users, to name but a few (Chatterjee & Noble, 2013). In the United States, for example, the Museum of Modern Art established the first known art gallery-based programme for people with dementia and their family caregivers (Rosenberg, 2009), whilst in Europe, London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery has one of the most longstanding and comprehensive programmes for older people (Harper & Hamblin, 2010), which includes a ‘art on prescription’ programme with local area physicians. A growing body of evidence suggests that cultural participation enhances human health and well-being (e.g. Bygren et al., 2009; Camic & Chatterjee, 2013; Clift et al., 2009; Konlaan, Bygren, & Johansson, 2000; Napier et al., 2014; Staricoff, 2004, 2006; Staricoff, Duncan, Wright, Loppert, & Scott, 2001); however, robust studies regarding the efficacy of museum encounters are limited (Chatterjee & Noble, 2013). Notwithstanding this shortfall, when analysed and valued in a multi-dimensional, multi-attribute and multi-value socio-economic environment, cultural heritage is widely accepted as an important facet of society in providing cultural references for populations and local communities, and also as an economic asset that provides jobs through tourism (Mazzanti, 2002).


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DOI 10.1080/17533015.2015.1065594
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