The barriers that prevent older people engaging with contemporary visual art

This research was conducted by Andrew Newman, Anna Goulding and Christopher Whitehead at Newcastle University, UK

Summary

This study set out to explore the factors that influence older people's engagement – or indeed lack of engagement – with contemporary visual art. Specific factors addressed in the paper are social class, education, taste …

By | 25 January 2016 |

Understanding music-making as an act of civic engagement

This research was conducted by Samuel Byrd at Hunter College, City University of New York, USA.

Summary

In interviews with immigrant musicians at concerts and festivals, the author found that music making becomes political through both social and physical processes. It creates opportunities to understand, assess, and debate the political challenges …

By | 5 August 2015 |

The health benefits of arts interventions in a primary care setting

This research was conducted by Diane Crone and five other people at the University of Gloucestershire and elsewhere, UK

Summary

This study involved patients suffering from a variety of conditions, including anxiety, stress, depression, chronic pain, illness or bereavement. The patients were referred by a health professional to a 10-week art …

By | 5 May 2015 |

Poetry as a positive community development tool

This research was conducted by Sandra D. Sjollema and Jill Hanley at McGill University, Canada.

Summary

This paper sought to investigate the impact of poetry for community development. The study found that poetry groups are used as a tool for community development in community settings, generating numerous benefits for both disadvantaged …

By | 5 May 2015 |

Attempting to measure the intrinsic value of live music

This research was conducted by Adam Behr, Matt Brennan and Martin Cloonan at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow, UK

Summary

This paper examined how various people (particularly concert-goers) articulate the value of live music. The paper looked specifically at six concerts across a range of genres at …

By | 5 May 2015 |

Recruiting and retaining volunteers at a rural producing theatre

This research was conducted by Helen Bussell and Debora Forbes at the University of Teesside, UK

Summary

This paper describes best practice in volunteer management, focusing on a regional producing theatre in the UK. It looks at all aspects of the volunteering process – from recruitment and management through to retention. The …

By | 26 April 2014 |

Using the arts to help social cohesion

This research was conducted by Dahyun Lee at Ohio State University, USA

Summary

This paper describes what happened in Columbus Ohio during the Guernica Peace Mural Programme in July 2010. The GPMP brought together 18 US graduate students and approximately 20 Somali children over five days to create a piece of …

By | 26 April 2014 |

The effects of performance management culture on museums

This research was conducted by Anwar Tlili at King's College London, UK

Summary

This paper looked at the way in which museums have adopted new forms of performance management, partially in response to the changing beliefs of policymakers and funders. The core of the research is based on a series …

By | 26 April 2014 |

Using mentoring to embed organisational change

This research was conducted by Jonathan Paquette at the University of Ottawa, Canada

Summary

This paper looks at how mentoring affected organisational change and renewal in a number of large museums in the UK. The research found that mentors frequently supported their protégés in their agendas for change, even though mentoring …

By | 16 April 2014 |

Why do music aficionados use online forums?

This research was conducted by Terry O'Sullivan at the Open University, UK

Summary

This paper reports the findings of eight in-depth telephone interviews designed to discover the various ways that people use web forums to discuss orchestral music. The research found that people behave in a variety of different ways …

By | 14 April 2014 |