June 2013 | Issue 3
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We kicked off May with an inspiring day of Arts and Health presentations and discussions at the ArtsBC conference in Vernon. The momentum from this time has continued to inspire me, especially as we have embarked on a series of engagement dialogues to help inform our plans going forward.  As part of this initiative, we are seeking feedback from our community through an online survey. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. This will take no more than 10 minutes of your time and will give us the opportunity to hear your suggestions on how to engage and grow the community and increase support for arts and health in Canada.
Looking ahead to June – I am delighted to be presenting at Arts Summit 2013, hosted by the Alliance for Arts and Culture, June 21-22nd, in Vancouver. I will be discussing arts and health, with a focus on the success of the Resource Centre Art Room at Coast Mental Health.  
I also want to take this opportunity to thank Amanda Walker, who is wrapping up her work with us. With Amanda leaving, we have a new communications coordinator position open with AHNC-BC. Please pass along this job posting to individuals who may be interested in joining our virtual organization at this exciting time.
We have a few other projects in the works, so stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, make sure to check out a newly posted resource, listing possible funding sources for arts and health projects. This is a live document and as we learn about new funding sources we will be updating it.  

Warm regards,
Nicki Kahnamoui
Executive Director, Arts Health Network Canada – BC
Job posting: AHNC-BC Communications Coordinator

Music eases anxiety of hospital ICU patients 

The double life of Dr Lu 

Art magazine highlights work by people dealing with mental illness

Vancouver man uses origami to treat his depression

Medical students get visual literacy training at Winnipeg art gallery

Arts and Health Champions
Fay Wilkinson

This month we are delighted to feature a Snapshot with Fay Wilkinson, a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator. For over a decade, Fay has worked with individuals and groups to facilitate communication and engagement, while contributing important research to the arts and health field.  Read more >>


'Anthophore' c.2012 K. Collie + M. Weinberg

Kate Collie + Mia Weinberg create and innovate with 'Will You Be My Hands?'

Kate Collie and Mia Weinberg are two Canadian artists who are part of the "Insight 2" international exhibition at University of Alberta May 14-June 8th, a show that is "at the nexus of design, the health humanities and community."  



June 1, 2013
Body-Focused Mindfulness and Art
Halifax, NS

June 8, 2013
Intro workshop to art therapy
Edmonton, AB

June 9-12, 2013
Canadian Public Health Association conference
Ottawa, ON

June 10-11, 2013
National Health Leadership conference
Niagara Falls, ON

June 11, 2013
Arts and Health Project Gala
Vancouver, BC

June 21-22, 2013
Arts Summit 2013
Vancouver, BC

June 24-26, 2013
Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference
Bristol, UK


Arts and Health Funding Opportunities

Between Health and Place: Understanding the Built Environment

Effects of neurodevelopmental stilmulation on premature infants in neonatal intensive care  

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