ARTS & DRAMA FOR WELL BEING OF THOSE WORKING AND LIVING IN RESIDENTIAL HOMES
In recognition of the huge impact the current situation has had on care homes, Arts Together has launched a new project which will see music, drama and performance being used to boost the mental and emotional wellbeing of residents and their carers across Leeds.
During September, Arts Together for Care Homes will see local freelance performers delivering socially distanced outdoor performances at the city’s residential homes. Artists taking part include poet Michelle Scally Clarke, opera singer Bibi Heal, singer Thandanani Gumede with pianist Dave Evans, and clarinettist Oliver Dover with cellist Michael Bardon.
Alice Gilmour from the Community Partnerships team at Opera North, which co-ordinates Arts Together activity, said:
“As a network which provides a lynchpin between the diverse arts organisations and community groups in Leeds, Arts Together was in the perfect position to do something focused on the wellbeing of those living and working in residential homes at this difficult time.
“It made sense to divert the generous funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation that had been ear-marked for events which can no longer take place as planned, to an immediate live arts experience which we were able to offer to those likely to benefit most. Crucially, this project has the dual outcome of providing freelance artists with some much-needed work while also reaching out to local care homes who could definitely do with a lift right now.”
Arts Together aims to visit a broad spread of homes across the city, concentrating on those that have the greatest need.
Performances follow all the current government guidelines on live performance.