October 2014 | Issue 16
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Ahhhh, Fall. Longer nights, crisper mornings, changing leaves and pumpkin spice lattes - made better by foamed milk art, of course! It is also a notoriously busy time of year for many sectors, and by the looks of the AHNC events calendar, the Canadian Arts and Health community is no exception!

On Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, the Canadian Arts Coalition organized the 4th annual Arts Day on Parliament Hill where artists, board members of arts organizations and arts managers from all regions of the country, met with Members of Parliament to talk about the value that the arts bring to Canadian communities. Thank you to all of you who participated!

The University of Calgary Arts and Humanities for Health and Wellbeing Research Group (AHHW) presented the Music Care Conference in partnership with Room 217 Foundation on Oct 25th on the topic of Music Through the Lifespan. The Music Care Conference is headed to Waterloo on Nov 15th for a one day event focused on the theme of Singing in Care.
We’re looking forward to the 2nd Annual Power of the Arts Forum, organized by the Michele Jean Foundation in Ottawa, November 7-9th 2014. This year’s theme is “Acting Now for Social Change.”  Suzanne Valois, chair of Arts Health Network Ottawa / Réseau Arts et Santé Ottawa (AHNO/RASO) will be attending the forum on behalf of AHNC.

Also coming up in November is the “Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival”, Nov 10-15, 2014 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox. This film festival is an annual event of the Workman Arts Project of Ontario, and showcases thought-provoking films, video, media installations, symposiums and panel discussions on international perspectives of mental illness and addiction.
October has also seen changes to the the AHNC leadership team. Dr. Lawrence Burr, who has been involved with AHNC since its early days, has stepped down as the AHNC Board president. We are grateful for all his contributions to the Network and seeing it through its start-up years. To lead the Network forward into its next stage of development, Ludmila Jagiellicz, who has acted as AHNC Board Secretary/Treasurer for several years and has been involved with AHNC since its inception, has assumed the role of Board President.
Lastly, it is with deep regret that we announce that Nicki Kahnamoui, who has been the Acting-ED for Arts Health Network Canada and the Executive Director for Arts Health BC for the last two years, has decided to step down from her current positions to take some family time. We are grateful for Nicki’s leadership and the strong foundation that she has created for Arts Health Network Canada, which we will continue building on. For more on Nicki’s thoughts and hopes for the Canadian arts and health community, please check out this month’s Snapshot.

Going forward, The Connector will be issued quarterly so we will look forward to checking in again in January 2015. Until then, we wish you a happy, healthy and creatively engaged autumn and holiday season.

The AHNC Team

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Arts & Health Champions

Nicki Kahnamoui

Nicki Kahnamoui is an activator, a creator, a translator of big picture ideas into actions and realities. She has over 15 years of experience managing health care and health research projects, ranging from new program and system implementations in hospitals to curating and organizing an arts and science exhibit in a genetics lab. She is currently the Acting Executive Director of Arts Health Network Canda and the Executive Director of Arts Health BC. Nicki is also a mixed media visual artist.



On The Map: Arts & Health in BC | Survey


The last decade has seen a burgeoning of arts & health activities in British Columbia and across Canada. Despite growing interest and awareness, there remains a lack of comprehensive information on the scope, frequency, leadership and location of arts & health activities. To address this information gap, Arts Health BC is leading On The Map: Arts & Health in BC, a province-wide survey project 



Tom Shannon

TED talks visits Tom Shannon in his Manhattan studio for an intimate look at his science-inspired art. An eye-opening, personal conversation with John Hockenberry reveals how nature’s forces – and the onset of Parkinson’s tremors – interact in his life and craft. Tom Shannon’s mixed-material sculpture seems to levitate – often it actually does – thanks to powerful magnets and clever arrangements of suspension wire.



November 6-9, 2014
Circus Fest
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Call for Reflections

October 31, 2014
5th Global Conference: Spirituality in the 21st Century: At the Interface of Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy

November 30, 2014
4th International Health Humanities Conference

December 1, 2014
Call for Submissions: Performing Psychiatry | An Evening Celebrating Our Department's Creativity & Artistry

December 15, 2014
Arts and Health Training Program

January 1, 2015
The Maladjusted Tour: Theatre for Living

February 27, 2015
West Park Healthcare Centre – Music Therapy Assistant (14+)

March 15, 2015
Call for Papers | Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice  

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