We're in for a long, hot summer in most parts of Canada, which means an array of summer music festivals, outdoor art activities and plenty of sidewalk chalk!
At the end of May we partnered with CHNET-Works! at the University of Ottawa to host a free webinar titled, "The Arts and Individual Wellbeing in Canada: a brief review of research on recreational arts engagement, health & wellbeing". Our presenter, Kelly Hill, led a lively discussion about culture, health, wellbeing and social connectedness - which is the theme for summer, here at Arts Health Network Canada.
Our Featured Article (below) contains links where you can download a copy of the presentation and listen to the audio recording of the webinar.
As always, let us know about the exciting things you are doing, and enjoy the summer!
Dr. Andrea Charise (@AndreaCharise) is Assistant Professor of Health Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where she is the lead developer and instructor of Canadaâ€™s first undergraduate minor in â€œhealth humanities.â€ In addition to receiving recognition for her teaching and scholarship in literary studies (most recently, the 2014 Polanyi Prize for Literature), Dr. Charise has more than ten years of work experience as a medical researcher (clinical epidemiology, geriatrics). Her award-winning research has appeared in a wide range of peer-
I've been a writer all my life, and a visual artist, too. When I was in private practice, I used creative tools with my psychotherapy clients, drawing from Jungian traditions, from global mythology, from creative arts of all kinds. From sand-tray to self-inquiry, my territory was the creative inner world.
And then my love drowned in front of me on an otherwise ordinary day.
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