As we enter a new year and a traditional time for changing behaviour and routines, a Cornish organisation is helping people to ingrain healthy creative habits to improve their wellbeing.
Arts Well, based in Penryn, is opening up its workspace at Jubilee Wharf and encouraging people to join in with January Challenges on Monday 16, Wednesday 18, Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 January.
Championing the role that art and creativity plays in promoting health, Arts Well is utilising the ‘64 Million Artists’ campaign, which encourages people to get involved with 31 creative challenges over the 31 days of the month.
Believing that everyone is creative, 64 Million Artists’ goal is to ingrain creative habits into people’s daily routine – within January, but then also setting a pattern long-term.
Arts Well is joining this campaign throughout the month, sharing and promoting creative challenges, encouraging other Cornwall-based community groups to get involved and offering support in terms of ideas and sharing their opportunities.
The CIC is also providing space and materials at its offices at Jubilee Wharf in Penryn each week for people to tackle one or more of the challenges together.
Director Jayne Howard said: “We are excited to be taking part in the 64 Million Artists’ campaign and creating a space at Jubilee Wharf for people to join in together. Arts and crafts have mental and emotional benefits and there is good evidence that they are protective of mental health and wellbeing.
“We are encouraging people to explore and take part in creative daily activities and inviting them to share in the challenges that we are hosting in our office’s creative space on these key dates in January.”