Case study: engaging older people in creative thinking: the active energy project

Leeson, Loraine (2015) Case study: engaging older people in creative thinking: the active energy project. In: Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing: International perspectives on practice, policy and research. Clift, Stephen and Camic, Paul M., eds. Oxford University Press, pp. 245-250. ISBN 9780199688074

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Abstract

The Active Energy project has involved a participatory arts approach to empowering and stimulating older people’s active creativity. Participants have drawn on their own life experience to propose technological innovation based on local knowledge and real need. Specialist input has then helped turn their ideas into reality, with art installations and exhibitions bringing them to public attention. Themes have included a scheme for powering London with tidal energy generated through the flow of the River Thames, while a seniors’ group in Pittsburgh has addressed the increasingly pressing issue of Alzheimer’s disease. This linking of personal interest to public value has resulted in the work holding particular meaning for the lives of those involved, providing benefit to quality of life and wellbeing. The project raises questions of how the interdisciplinary and person-centred methods of participatory arts can be utilised to make a greater contribution to the health of our nations.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > CREATE/Feminisms cluster
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > Socially Engaged Practices cluster
A. > School of Art and Design
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts
Item ID: 12938
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Depositing User: Loraine Leeson
Date Deposited: 20 May 2015 08:44
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2018 10:49
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12938

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