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Title: Connecting the dots: the state of arts and health in Singapore
Authors: Tan, Michael Koon Boon
Tan, Chao Min
Tan, Soon Guan
Yoong, Joanne
Gibbons, Brent
Keywords: Visual arts and music
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Tan, M. K. B., Tan, C. M., Tan, S. G., Yoong, J. & Gibbons, B. (2021). Connecting the dots: the state of arts and health in Singapore. Arts & Health, 1-16.
Project: 2018-T1-001-060 
Journal: Arts & Health 
Abstract: Background: This article examines the state of the field of arts and health in Singapore and identifies the drivers that have shaped its development to date, adding new insights from Asia to the growing international literature in this area. Methods: Various methods, including an online survey and in-depth focus groups were used. Results: We find that the field in Singapore is rapidly growing, with a proliferation of activities across the arts and culture, healthcare, and social care sectors in recent decades fostered by various policy developments, increased funding and new peer-to-peer networking. Nevertheless, several issues persist, including inconsistent understanding and conceptualisation of the field as a whole across multiple stakeholders, limited research capacity and training platforms, and lack of professional recognition. Conclusions: We provide recommendations for further action, including developing arts and health literacy and research capacity, investing in efforts to bridge education and practice, and focusing on formalising and elevating professional standards.
ISSN: 1753-3015
DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2021.2005643
Schools: School of Art, Design and Media 
Rights: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Fulltext Permission: open
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