“A really good conference. If the first one was a four star, this was a five plus. I also learned new things which are already triggering some ideas plus had a lot of fun. Some excellent discussions with so many different people, plus making new connections.” Previous conference delegate.

Parallel Session Block 1E

Monday 21st June, 16:30 – 17:20 

Parallel Session Block 1E

The 1E Parallel Session Block has a choice of 8 break-out sessions to choose from. For Speaker Biographies, please go to Airmeet:


1E1 A Way In: discovering the connection between task and truth

Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) disrupts space, dismantles normal, and redefines beauty and virtuosity through innovative performance and discourse. HLD is a New York-based, female-run organization dedicated to immersive performance art that is accessible to all. In this workshop, we will guide participants through Latsky’s MARS inclusive practice. The workshop focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion to foster collaboration and non-disabled allies, promoting mindfulness through gentle movement.

Gregory Youdan

Heidi Latsky

1E2 Practice and Research: Nature, creativity and health


Exploration of Art Therapy and Nature: Impact on Happiness and Life Satisfactions. Elkis-Abuhoff, D. et al.

Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff


Mindful photography for mental health, wellbeing and resilience.

Ruth Davey

Modern Conservation Conversation: Health and Wellbeing in Zoos. 

Nikki Burton Mallott

1E3 Workshop: Making and sharing art together in separate places: a project on living well with dementia

Our research on what it means to live well with dementia to the end of life involved a series of arts-elicitation workshops with individuals living with dementia and their care partners. Due to the pandemic, we moved online to host art-making workshops and create an online exhibition of over 60 collected works: In this workshop, we foreground a strengths-based approach to share learnings from our experience with moving the art-making and art-sharing online.

Gloria Purveen

Susan Cox

1E4 Research: Population Studies in the UK and USA

Who engages in the arts in the United States? A comparison of three types of engagement using data from the General Social Survey. Bone, J.K. et al.

Longitudinal associations between frequency of engagement in leisure activities and health functioning: analyses from the 1970s British Cohort Study using SF-36. Elsden, E. et al.

Are culturally vibrant communities healthier? Relationships between performing arts activity and public health outcomes in the 500 largest US cities. McCrary, M.J. et al.

Jessica Bone

Esme Elsden

J. Matt McCrary

1E5 Practice: Hip Hop Therapy; Community Arts and Public Health in the USA

Bigger than COVID-19: Emboldening Community Artists as Trusted Public Health Ambassadors: Three mini-documentaries on public messaging campaigns by artists challenging cultural norms and discrimination against transgender, gay, queer folk, and women within their communities.

Justin Goodrum

Katinka Hooyer

Hip Hop therapy: A culturally responsive approach to addressing disparities in mental health treatment: Exploring the profound impact of Hip Hop culture and its capacity to promote individual and communal transformation.

J.C. Hall

1E6 Country Panel: Cultivating Health and Equity through the Arts in the US: A Cross-sector Conversation

Jill Sonke

Sunil Iyengar

Penelope Douglas

Fred Johnson

Emmeline Edwards

Shanae Burch 

1E7 Country Panel: Working together in Wales

This panel will tell the story of how the Welsh NHS confederation (WNHSC), Arts Council of Wales (ACW) and front line practitioners are working together to discover new ways to meet people’s health and wellbeing needs through the Arts. In 2017 ACW and the WNHSC signed a memorandum of understanding – this has supported the cross party group in the Senedd, the growth of the Wales Arts Health & Wellbeing Network (WAHWN) and a network of arts coordinators employed in the NHS.

Phil George

Prue Thimbleby

Angela Rogers

Nesta Lloyd-Jones

1E8 Learning and professional development for arts, health and wellbeing practitioners.

This panel will explore what learning and professional development opportunities can bring to the profession of arts, health and wellbeing practice. We’ll have brief introductory remarks from panellists representing different approaches (community based training, formal education programmes, experienced-based learning), and set the stage for discussing personal experiences and identifying pathways for future action.

Julia Puebla Fortier

Sue Isherwood

Philippa Forsey

Liisa-Maria Lilja-Viherlampi

Amy Creech

For Speaker Biographies, please go to Airmeet