Arts and Culture for a Better and Healthier Life: Open Call for Projects

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With an Open Call for projects, NDPC in partnership with NDPHSEUNIC and Arts Promotion Centre Finland, is launching the project “The Art of Staying Healthy”.

The project “The Art of Staying Healthy” aims to develop collaboration between the arts and health sectors and to pilot arts interventions on the health and well-being of people and communities in the Northern Dimension (ND) area, which covers Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden.

In the Open Call, we invite organisations to submit ideas that explore how arts and cultural activities can be integrated into the provision of health and social care services. The proposals should engage specific target groups, for example, vulnerable populations, different age groups or patient groups. 

The successful applicants will be offered workshops and mentoring to develop their ideas and will receive a grant to pilot the methodologies and implement project activities.

Project applications must be submitted by 19 July 2021. Read the Call for Project Proposals hereApplications should be submitted via Google Forms and contain the application form and the budget form.

The project “The Art of Staying Healthy” was inspired by the recent WHO report, which highlighted the important role of the arts sector in promoting good health, preventing mental and physical health challenges and supporting the treatment of acute and chronic conditions. It demonstrated that engaging in arts and cultural activities can reduce loneliness and isolation, increase social cohesion, strengthen individual and group identity and help to address social inequalities.

We call for proposals from a variety of stakeholders who believe they can contribute to the objectives of the call. For definitions on arts and health please refer to the WHO report section 1.1. Please use these for reference, however, other creative, cultural or health care areas are included too.

If you have any questions please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also send your questions by e-mail to NDPHS Project manager Wiebke Seemann,

On 2 June we held a Q&A session for the interested applicants. The recording of the session is available here.

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