Many of us can recall the first concert, theatre or dance performance we saw as a child. The reason why these moments resonate with so many of us is because studies have shown that arts and cultural experiences can positively contribute to our overall health and well-being.
There is an abundance of research that proves incorporating the arts into people’s lives can improve their health. For example, in a study done by the Arts Council of England, it was revealed that “Those who attended a cultural place or event in the previous 12 months were almost 60 per cent more likely to report good health compared to those who had not.”
Canadian studies, like the one completed by Arts Health Network Canada, showed compelling correlations between the presence of art as a part of
patients’ treatment program (with specific health conditions), and improved health.
For example, the presence of music and visual art in hospitals improved patients’ vital signs while reducing stress and blood pressure levels, reading groups helped those with symptoms of depression, dance classes helped to increase mobility in those with Parkinson’s Disease, and art therapy improved cognitive function in dementia patients.
Accessing arts and cultural events in your community
There are several arts and cultural activities and events available in each community, and you don’t have to venture far from home to access them. If you are looking for an activity that has the potential to inspire imagination, provide thought-provoking content or a transformative experience, look no further than your local library, community centre, museum, gallery or performing arts centre.
Not only do these places provide arts and entertainment opportunities, but they can also provide a more meaningful experience for you and your family by connecting you with the greater community.
In fact, a survey of the Canadian public conducted by Phoenix Strategic Perspectives Inc. shows that over 90 per cent of Canadians believe that exposure to arts and culture is important to both individual well-being, and make a community a better place to live.
River Run Centre offers arts programming for Guelph and surrounding communities
A place where the community can come together through the performance arts, the River Run Centre in Guelph is the ideal place to explore all the benefits that arts and cultural programs can provide. They are proud to help contribute to a happier and healthier city through the quality programming they offer.
Their rich and diverse programming has become an integral part of the arts and culture ecology that helps to contribute to the overall health and well-being of their patrons and community.
They offer an extensive variety of programming for children and adults alike, and are committed to connecting people at every age and stage, through the arts.
For example, the Linamar for the Performing Arts program offers free performances to students in grades one through eight, and sees an attendance of 32,000 to 34,000 children each year. The program provides an opportunity for every child to be exposed to the performing arts, and is complemented by programming that appeals to families and those who enjoy a variety of different arts and cultural programming.
Whether you enjoy music or dance performances, theatre or comedy, the River Run Centre offers a variety of programming catered to everyone’s preferences.
They are also proud to work with a number of different community groups and arts organizations that present a variety of exciting programming throughout the year.