Ahead of Thursday, 24 September, the second National Day of Arts in Care Homes, we want to share some information about what we have planned for the day and some of our partners.

” We would not have got through lockdown without the arts”

Activity Co-ordinator

The theme for this year is #CreativeCommunities. We are asking care providers to organise art events for residents and staff on the day and share posts on Social Media about how they have used the arts and creativity to connect with their communities during lockdown.

Listen to Hilary Woodhead, NAPA’s Chief Executive and Alison Teader, Programme Manager, Arts in Care Homes talk about the event and this year’s theme.

We have seen a wealth of amazing activities and projects take place during this difficult time including corridor choirs, garden concerts, socially distanced art sessions, online ceramics tutorials, live streamed concerts and dance, pen pal projects and postal art initiatives. Care settings have used the arts to raise morale, keep residents and staff stimulated, keep in touch with friends and loved ones, express worries and fears and also to celebrate birthdays and other occasions.

On 24 September, care providers, arts organisations, museums and galleries will be sharing posts on social media about how they have used the arts to connect residents and staff with loved ones and local communities during lockdown.

Arts in Care homes will also be sharing lots of free resources to help when developing arts activities in care settings, including:

On the day, we are very excited to be sharing a cartoon created for us on the theme of #TheSky’sTheLimit by the wonderful cartoonist Tony Husband. Artistic Director of Chaturangan, Bisakha Sarker MBE will be leading an online dance chair based session of Indian dance, in homes owned by Anchor Hanover.

Read about our amazing partners including The Southbank, Royal Academy, National Archive, Magic Me, The Poetry Takeaway, Intergenerational Music Making, Creative Paths and many more.

Thanks to The Guardian Social for the wonderful photo story featuring artwork produced by residents during lockdown and the stories behind them.

Please join with us on 24 September #ArtsinCareHomesDay in celebrating the contributions of residents and staff and lending them our support!