Creativity and wellbeing – a perfect match

Published on: 
18 May 2020

 

This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week! We want to celebrate the importance of creativity and how this can help support children and young people’s wellbeing. We know this year Mental Health Awareness Week might feel more poignant than ever. We are all - schools, teachers, parents and carers, children and young people - facing huge challenge and uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic. At Artsmark, we believe that now more than ever, we need to nurture and celebrate the creative lives of children and young people and the positive impact this can have. We’ve been collating some of our favourite free resources to help children fuel their imaginations and stay creative at home.

 

Resources to stay creative and feel good

  • Artsmark Partner, Tangled Feet, have launched the Mindfulness Project At Home, a series of online classes and mini-activities for primary school children. Using storytelling, yoga and drama, each session encourages children to use their creativity to develop positive strategies to manage anxious thoughts and feelings.  You can learn more about the project here and access sessions via Tangled Feet’s YouTube channel!

 

 

  • 64 Million Artists’ project Create to Connect offers creative prompts for every day of May to help you stay connected, creative and curious at home. They’ve also put together an activity pack for schools and families featuring all of the prompts and flexible alternatives so no matter where you are or what resources you have to hand, everyone can get involved.

 

  • Action for Happiness is a project that inspires a kinder, happier society with daily prompts to encourage gratitude and small positive changes. A creative community that older children (plus teachers, parents and carers!) might enjoy getting involved in. With a positive social media presence, it will brighten up your timeline and help you to remain positive and kind in times of uncertainty.

For even more resources check our Coronavirus Update page for more ideas!

Do you have a resource you want to share with us? We’d love to hear from you, get in touch via artsmark@artscouncil.org.uk and share it with us!

 

 

 

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Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that's why our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley
Chief Executive
Arts Council England

It's vital that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhood.

Artsmark Award does brilliant work in schools and education to ensure young people access a broad and balanced curriculum that includes high-quality arts and culture.

Michael Ellis MP
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
Department of Culture, Media and Sport