Blogging from Lithuania where I have the pleasure of working this week with amongst others, the Lithuanian Artists Association and the British Council as they roll out a new programme of arts and health activity. More of that soon - the blog however, has a distinctly grubby, tabloid feel to it.
THE GREAT STINK
Its title: SOD YOU GITS
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the list of the ‘domains and measures’ that will be used from now on to create an assessment of the wellbeing of the nation – but no measures specific to arts have been included. Earlier this year a campaign by the sector to have engagement with cultural activity formally recognised as contributing to personal wellbeing had fed into an ONS consultation to determine the most appropriate ways to measure wellbeing, and it was proposed that the DCMS ‘Taking Part’ survey could be used to provide the statistical evidence needed to feed into the calculations. But the ONS has rejected any such inclusion in favour of a measure that assesses “satisfaction with the use and amount of leisure time… without making a judgement that particular or specific activities are good for wellbeing”.
Thank you as ever...C.P.