BEEE Creative is delighted to invite you to attend a free series of six webinars that takes a look at how the dance sector in Hertfordshire can increase access to dance provision for more members of our local communities. It offers professional development for practitioners, potential for audience development for dance businesses and places greater value on the social impact of dance.
The series is part of our #TAG project – a project to celebrate the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020. #TAG also includes six commissions bringing together professional artists and local communities to create dance work. The project is funded by Arts Council England and is a partnership between BEEE Creative and the districts of Dacorum, Watford and Three Rivers.
All webinars will be delivered online by Zoom.
- An Introduction to Social Prescribing for Dance Practitioners in Hertfordshire
Monday 29 June 2020, 11am – 12pm
Elaine Johnson from Three Rivers District Council and freelance artist, Anna Schofield, will provide an overview of social prescribing – what it is, how it works and examples of work in Hertfordshire. There will also be a case study presented by Bisakha Sarker from Chaturangan Dance Company going through their experience of working on a social prescribing project in Merseyside with Creative Alternative.
- Creative Case for Diversity
Friday 3 July, 1.30 – 2.30pm
Writing on the Wall presents a business case for equality, diversity and inclusion. It will explore internal and external good practice, audience development and participation. We will also be joined by Danny Tokay Reid, a London-based creative producer, choreographer, dramaturge, and teaching artist with an interest in LGBT+ identities, community, heritage and culture.
- Barriers to Participation
Friday 10 July 2020, 1.30 – 2.30pm
Occupational Therapist, Michelle Gersh will introduce the combined person, environment and occupation model and explain barriers to participation. It will consider the ‘vulnerable’ adult and their needs focussing on chronic health conditions and living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
- Mental Health Awareness
Friday 17 July 2020, 1.30 – 2.30pm
Opening up discussion about mental health, Herts Mind Network will give an introduction to mental health, considering the impact on an individual and recognising everyone has a role in promoting inclusion and challenging stigma of mental health issues. It will look at how we can create opportunities for individuals through our dance practice to support them to build resilience and wellbeing. Restoke, a not-for-profit arts organisation based in Stoke-on-Trent will reflect on their team’s Mental Health Awareness Training and how that has impacted/changed their practice.
- Dementia Awareness
Friday 24 July 2020, 1.30 – 2.30pm
Hertswise will provide an introduction to what Dementia is, the different types and how they impact the brain, prevalence of Dementia, behaviour and Dementia, risks and coping strategies, how can we help. Dacorum Community Dance will present a case study from working in local care homes, devising activity for people living with Dementia.
- Developing access to dance in Hertfordshire
Friday 31 July 2020, 1.30 – 2.30pm
Three case studies will be presented by artists who work with different community groups across the country including: Anna Daly on her early years work, Kasia Truefitt’s project Magical Minds and Filipa Pereira-Stubbs on her experience of delivering dance in clinical settings. Following the case studies Kirsten Hutton, Consultant – Arts, Education, Evaluation, will lead delegates through a ‘Theory of Change’ approach to open discussion how we can identify need and make changes locally to dance practice in order to: develop our own dance practice, the ecology of the dance sector in Hertfordshire and the impact on our communities.
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