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To ensure a successful project it is important to begin with a clearly defined functional and operational program that articulates operational needs, core values, organizational guiding philosophy and visions for the project.

User needs are identified and assessed. Organizational values and visions are developed through a series of workshops where abilities and expectations are defined. Arts for Health programs must meet userís needs and expectations. Time needed for Arts for Health programs varies considerably, depending on the userís previous experiences in the area.

To provide important feedback to clients about the Arts for Health program is essential. Fundamental is to assess how well the Arts for Health program matches the usersí needs and expectations. Methods used include surveys and interviews. Results are documented as guidelines for Arts for Health programs.


Staff Training and Workshops

To ensure a knowledgeable and skilled staff as the most critical component to a successful and creative work is important. Thus, staff training should insure that users are receiving the desired services.

Seminars and workshops include traditional teaching methods mixed with active participation and practical learning. Topics offered are the connections between art and health, how to use a painting as a conversation tool, visiting museums and discuss the aging process and interpersonal relations.

The number of projects and initiatives using arts in order to develop health and well-being has risen rapidly during the last decade. An increasing number of initiatives about art interventions have been carried out in order to enhance health. However, to date there is no set of principles for evaluating outcomes, assessing the process by which outcomes are achieved and disseminate recommendations for good practice to workers in the field.

Arts for Health programs can be used by, hospitals, health care clinics and various workplaces.