We are commissioning two Reports in readiness for our International Summit in Autumn 2018. Both have emerged in response to needs in the sector.
Arts and Homelessness Literature Review
This will be the world’s first critical analysis of the literature on arts and homelessness. It will summarise the main findings of literature from a wide range of sources comparing them and evaluating this body of knowledge. Sources could be as broad as government papers, reports by homelessness organisations, reports by arts organisations, student theses, academic articles or books, campaigning materials.
Cultural Spaces Strategy
One of the key themes emerging is that arts venues, museums, galleries and libraries are particularly important in this field – providing an open-door welcome to homeless people, free use of facilities and creating a bridge for homeless people back into the community. Some of these institutions have firm specific programmes for homeless people and staff to support them, others do the best they can – very few, if any, collaborate with each other to share best practice. Where we think With One Voice can add value is in reaching out to institutions across the world to find out what is being done for homeless people; whether there are any good practice or lessons than can be shared more widely. This may lead, in the future, to a set of guidelines or code of practice for institutions working with homeless people.
Resources to download (see below)
Inspired by the National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice and Open Cinema, we are putting together a library of evidence demonstrating the benefits of arts and homelessness interventions around the world. Please do email us if you hear of any independent studies around arts and homelessness.