January 2016 | Issue 28
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The beginning of January is mostly known for making future plans and setting goals for the new year. The end of January…well…that’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, we’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 we’ve missed and we’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, dance…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 it’s going!
For more inspiration, listen to this TED talk by Matt Cutts on trying something new for 30 days.
Yours in Arts & Health
 The AHNC Team

Syrian Refugees May Work Through Trauma with Art, Horses and Mindfulness 

Art and mindfulness exercises will be used in group settings to help meet the sudden increase in demand due to incoming Syrian refugees, Edmonton psychotherapists say.

Lule Begashaw, team leader of therapeutic services at the Edmonton Mennonite


Lisa Brown

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 WA’s 30th Anniversary and Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival’s 25th Anniversary – one of WA’s signature programs. She is also working on scaling the Workman Arts in 3 Ontario cities. 



Gary Turchin

The Healthiest Man on Earth
Poet/artist Gary Turchin’s moving story of his journey with Parkinson’s disease, and how creativity is his first line of defense and best medicine.


Feb 3, 2016
Movies for Mental Health @ ACAD 
Calgary, Alberta

Feb 9, 2016
Movies For Mental Health @ Lakehead University
Thunderbird, Ontario

Feb 10, 2016
Music Care Webinar: Music & Emotions

Mar 3, 2016
Movies For Mental Health @ Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario

Apr 1, 2016
Music Care Certificate Program - Level 1 - Port Perry
Port Perry, Ontario

Apr 7, 2016
Music Care Certificate Program - Level 1 - Mississauga
Mississauga, Ontario

Apr 14, 2016
National (USA) Association for Poetry Therapy Conference
Kansas City, Missouri 

May 27, 2016
CAMT Conference
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

Check Out Our Website for a Full Listing of Upcoming Events>>

The Body Electric - Digital Art Exhibit 

The Nordoff Robbins Evidence Bank - 3rd Edition - Music Therapy and Music & Health References and Resources

Tips from the DAREarts Practical Guide for Artists Visiting Remote FNMI Communities 

Creating Together Participatory, Community-Based, and Collaborative Arts Practices and Scholarship across Canada

Health Humanities (Text Book)

The Arts in Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Benefits of Arts Participation
Make sure to check out Arts Health BC's ever-growing database of arts & health journal articles on Mendeley.
More Resources>>
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