How cultural experiences can improve health and wellbeing

Zoë Brown

Zoë Brown is the Outreach Officer at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

Zoë joined TWAM in 1998 with a creative arts education and a youth and community background. With a post Graduate qualification in Professional studies: Youth and community work, she entered the museum and heritage sector via a non-traditional route. She completed the NewcastleGateshead Cultural Leadership Programme in 2008, funded by ACE, MLA and European development fund.

As Outreach Officer for TWAM she leads the Outreach team on its culture & heritage community engagement programmes across Tyne and Wear:

The Wellbeing Programme: supporting people with mental health issues.

The Recovery RICH Programme Recovering Identities through Culture & Heritage: supporting people in addiction and justice recovery.

The Platinum Programme: supporting people aged over 55.

The Satellite Community Exhibition Programme: supporting communities across Tyne & Wear to build exhibitions together and displaying them ‘in the community’.

Zoë recently co-authored a paper for the museums special edition of Arts & Health entitled: Effects of creative museum outreach sessions on measures of confidence, sociability and wellbeing for mental health and addiction recovery service-users.

Currently Zoë is involved with National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing, Our Museums (Paul Hamlyn Foundation), HistoryPin and Live Well collaboration with National Museums of Northern Ireland.

 

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