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Social citizenship, public art and dementia: Walking the urban waterfront with Paul’s Club

Kelson, Elizabeth, Phinney, Alison, Lowry, Glen and Cox, Susan (2017) Social citizenship, public art and dementia: Walking the urban waterfront with Paul’s Club. Cogent Arts & Humanities, 4 (1). ISSN 2331-1983

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/23311983.2017.1354527


Among gerontologists and health researchers, there is growing recognition of the importance of social participation and inclusion towards the health, well-being and quality of life of people with dementia. This paper examines the role of public artworks to facilitate the social citizenship of people with dementia. It is based on a subset of data from a larger study on community-based programmes for persons living with dementia and examines how Paul’s Club, a social recreation group for people with young onset dementia, experience the public art they encounter on their daily walks through the downtown core and around the Seawall of Vancouver, Canada. Analysis suggests that public art not only helped members navigate urban spaces, but also provided a focus for curiosity that leads to meaningful social interaction and place-based conversations, clearly contributing to group enjoyment and a sense of community belonging. Implications of this study relate to community programming, social citizenship, community design, public art and community engaged art practice, as well as health and social care for persons with dementia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, community programming, young onset dementia, social citizenship, outdoor environments, public art, social participation
Divisions: Faculty of Art
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 14:34
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 18:47
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2223

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