Parkinson, C., 2016.
Weapons of Mass Happiness:Social justice and health equity in the context of the arts
|Venue:||Arlands 2017, Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia|
There is a paradigm shift taking place in the way public health, social care and wellbeing are understood, and I argue that the arts have a powerful part to play in this cultural change. But for artists, there are challenges to remaining authentic to our practice, in the face of limited fiscal resources and a culture of competition, emphasised by the knowledge that the most marginalised people in society may often be the most disconnected from the arts. This keynote presentation explores the ways in which art and artists have the potential to empower new ways of thinking, being and doing. From jazz and blues to 21st century dementia care, this is an investigation around the power of the arts, its manipulation by those with power and a call to reimagine the growing arts and health agenda through a lens of social justice.