Arts and Well-being: Healthy Body and Mind for People with Different Abilities
Speakers will share the best practices in using the Arts to empower possibilities of all, regardless of their ability, contributing to a healthy body and mind. The Roundtable will offer a valuable opportunity for experience sharing from different communities.
Date：31 Mar 2021 (Wed)
Time：3:00pm – 5:30pm
Platform: Online Platform
Language: English and Chinese (with Simultaneous Interpretation in English and Cantonese)
Registration: This is a free event. Registration is required.
Arts Accessibility Services provided:
Simultaneous Interpretation in English and Cantonese, CART Captioning in English and Hong Kong Sign Language
- Prof Teresa Tsien B.K., Honorary consultant of the Institute of Active Ageing and the Jockey Club Smart Ageing Hub of the Department of Bio-Medical Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Speakers and Presentations Titles
- Prof Rainbow Ho Tin-hung, Associate Dean (Postgraduate Education), Faculty of Social Sciences; Professor, Department of Social Work & Social Administration; Director, Centre on Behavioral Health; Director, Master of Expressive Arts Therapy Program; The University of Hong Kong; Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Unlimited Possibilities of Arts for Holistic Wellbeing: From Artworks to Research Data
Ms Angel Leung, Founder of Institute for Creative Arts Therapy (HK), Credentialed music therapist (USA & Canada), NICU Music Therapist
Let the Arts Enrich Your Life
Mr Tido Visser, Artistic and Managing Director of the Netherlands Chamber Choir
The Arts: Starting Change
Mr Ben Pettitt-Wade, Artistic Director of Hijinx
Art as Therapy vs Art as Product
Ms Catherine Cassidy, Director of Engagement of Scottish Ballet
Scottish Ballet Health: The Benefits of Dance for those Living with Neurological Conditions
Arts Accessibility services:
CART Captioning in English (Open Captions) and Hong Kong Sign Language interpretation are available for The “No Limits” Online Roundtable Discussion.
Speakers will give the presentations as clearly as possible and visually describe the key contents of all images and slides used.
If you have additional access requirements or any questions, please contact us.
Tel and WhatsApp: 28284949
Prof Rainbow Ho Tin-hung
The power of arts on wellbeing has long been well-recognized. In recent years, the applications of arts have been extended to diverse fields and populations. People enjoy the process of working with arts and have a sense of satisfaction with their artworks or performances. More than that, a lot of cases and stories have demonstrated that through arts, people feel more connected to themselves, others, the community and the world. Although scientific research in this area is still developing, evidence reflecting the benefits of arts for holistic wellbeing keeps increasing. What have we known so far for the benefits of arts on physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing? From artworks to research data, how do we understand the unlimited benefits of arts?
Ms Angel Leung
Do you know other than as entertainment and for appreciation, creative arts could be used to help discover one’s potential, and foster one’s physical and mental health? In this presentation, I will share with you some of my daily work as a credentialed music therapist: how using the arts, as a tool, enriches people from all walks of lives.
Mr Tido Visser
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The arts can play a much more substantial role in this world, when it comes to problem solving on a political, economical, social and environmental level. With a theatrical concert about dementia, the Netherlands Chamber Choir was able to connect science and health care through the arts, and contribute substantially to the well being of people with dementia. Tido Visser, artistic director and inventor of Forgotten, explains how this project was developed, and how we as artists can contribute to a better and healthier future.
Mr Ben Pettitt-Wade
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Ben will speak about the set-up of the company’s ground breaking performance training for adults with learning disability and/or autism, how it feeds into the rest if the company’s work and the ethos behind it. Ben will also present the results of a recent impact survey which demonstrates the value of their training in their artists professional development alongside the positive impact on their mental health and well-being.
Ms Catherine Cassidy
The SB Health programme delivers weekly sessions for those living with dementia, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. This presentation will provide an overview of each of these bespoke dance for health programmes, the specialist partnerships involved and the research underway.
Prof Teresa Tsien is a visiting professor at Respati University of Indonesia, an honorary consultant of the Institute of Active Ageing and the Jockey Club Smart Ageing Hub of the Department of Bio-Medical Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU). She also lectures part time on the MSc in Clinical Gerontology and End of Life Programme, Department of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Tsien is the former Professor of Practice (Gerontology) of the Department of Applied Social Sciences and the first Director of the Institute of Active Ageing of the HKPU. She has conducted research and published numerous articles and papers on social work and ageing, active ageing, gerontechnology, age-friendly cities and dementia caregiving.
Prof Rainbow Ho has many years’ experience as a researcher, therapist, professor and performing artist. She has more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals and academic books and has been the principal investigator of numerous research projects related to creative and expressive arts therapy, mind-body medicine, spirituality and physical activity for healthy and clinical populations. Prof Ho has received the Outstanding Achievement Award (2015) and Research Award (2015, 2019) from the American Dance Therapy Association and the Outstanding Teaching Award (2015) and Research Award (2020) from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong; and also the Research and Development Award from the Australia, New Zealand and Asia Arts Therapy Association (2016).
Angel Leung is a 女. She has over 10 years of experience working as a music therapist in the US and Hong Kong, providing services to a range of people, from children with intellectual disabilities to adults with mental health issues and senior citizens with neurocognitive disorders. As well as being an active clinician, she is a great advocate for creative arts therapy services in the Hong Kong community. She is the co-founder of the Institute for Creative Arts Therapy (HK), and is a lecturer at a number of higher education institutes in Hong Kong.
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Tido Visser is artistic director of the Netherlands Chamber Choir, and also scenic director. He began his musical career as a singer and was co-founder of the Kassiopeia Quintet, with whom he recorded all of the madrigals of the Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo. After five years in the music industry, he took on the position of director of the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. In 2013, Visser took the helm of the renowned Netherlands Chamber Choir. Under his leadership the choir presented groundbreaking projects like 150 Psalms and Forgotten, appearing in New York, Brussels, Hong Kong and Adelaide, among other locations. Forgotten is one of the programmes in 2021 “No Limits”.
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Ben Pettitt-Wade is an award-winning director who has worked with artists with learning disability and/or autism for more than 20 years. He has devised and directed numerous productions for Hijinx. In 2019 Pettitt-Wade co-directed with Kully Thiarai Mission Control, a Hijinx and National Theatre Wales collaboration with an inclusive cast of over 80, which was staged at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. He recently won Best Director at The Good The@tre Festival, an international festival of live online theatre, for Metamorphosis, which was created and presented on Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hijinx is invited to participate in the Artists-in-Residence programme in 2021 “No Limits”, leading a series of online devising theatre workshops and creating a public showcase online.
Catherine Cassidy has over 20 years’ professional experience of using dance in a wide range of community settings, from health to education and reformation. In her 10 years as Director of Engagement at Scottish Ballet, she has ensured that what audiences see and hear on the stage is what they will be participating in within their communities or dance studios. She has led the company to become a specialist in dance health. Catherine graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1998 and has worked both nationally and internationally as a choreographer, dance artist and producer.