The beginning of January is mostly known for making future plans and setting goals for the new year. The end of Januaryâ€¦wellâ€¦thatâ€™s another story! Blame it on the cold, short, grey days, or the gentle fading of the post-holiday cheer, but 3 weeks into the new year is when our most resolute of resolutions dwindle. To help us stay on course, weâ€™ve come up with a short list of arts & health goals for our readers to consider over the next 11 months:
Attend at least one arts & health event this year. This can be a conference, an exhibition, a lecture, or even a webinar. Check out what events are happening near you, or tell us what weâ€™ve missed and weâ€™ll add it on!
Learn a new technique. A whole new skill might be a daunting task for those of us with busy schedules, but a new technique takes a fraction of the time and can be an equally welcome addition to your creative arsenal.
Practice your favourite art form for 5 minutes a day. Sing, doodle, danceâ€¦set an alarm at the beginning, middle or end of your day and for those 5 minutes, truly enjoy being immersed in your art.
Pick a topic and read an article on Arts & Health. Already reading about Arts & Health daily? Pick a different type of art form, or a different health outcome to shake things up. Our Mendeley account is a great repository for resources on Arts & Health.
You could choose to do the whole list every month, or make it your bucket-list for the year. Whatever you decide, let us know how itâ€™s going!
For more inspiration, listen to this TED talk by Matt Cutts on trying something new for 30 days.
Lisa Brown is an innovator in arts and mental health. She is the Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of the award-winning Workman Arts (WA) Project of Ontario. A 300 member, multidisciplinary professional arts and mental health organization. Lisa is currently preparing for WAâ€™s 30th Anniversary and Rendezvous with Madness Film Festivalâ€™s 25th Anniversary â€“ one of WAâ€™s signature programs. She is also working on scaling the Workman Arts in 3 Ontario cities.
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