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February 2016 | Issue 29
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NEWS
On February 25, Arts Health Network Canada partnered with CAPACOA and Réseau CS, an Ontario-based health promotion organization, to present a webinar on arts and health, conducted for the first time, in French. “Les arts et la santé : partenaires du mieux-être” offered an overview of research showing links between arts engagement and health, including considerations for the dose-response relationship. It also explored mechanisms that might explain the relationship between arts and health, and offered several tools and tips for people who would like to initiate arts and health programs. By conducting the webinar presentation in French and translating our infographic, we hope to continue the Arts and Health conversation with our French-speaking friends across the country.
 
As our organization expands its reach to wider audiences, we realize that it’s people who make or break an organization.  Arts Health Network Canada has been fortunate to benefit from the efforts of many talented people with a passion for bringing arts and health together.
 
One of our brilliant talents is Kira Tozer, our Knowledge Translation Project Manager since 2013.  She has shepherded many arts & health initiatives since she joined us including the â€œOn The Map: Arts & Health in BC” environmental scan of arts and health activities across BC, coordinating international interest in November as Arts and Health month, and connecting new audiences with the notion of “arts & health” at various conferences and university classrooms across the country. Kira will be leaving AHNC at the end of the month to pursue an exciting opportunity.  While we’re sad to see her go, we wish her all the best and hope you will join us in thanking her for her contributions to our organization.
 
For the time being, Lori Baxter will be available to field your questions and ideas, as we actively work on our plans for the future!

Yours in Arts & Health
The AHNC Team
 
 
FEATURE

Interest in the Arts can Boost Mental Health

In a recent study, a team of researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that participating in the arts for just two hours a week can improve mental health and wellbeing.

As little is known about a link between mental health in the general population and the arts for enjoyment, rather than as a therapy, the team of researchers collected data from 702 Western

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SNAPSHOT

Dr. Elizabeth Brennan

Elizabeth Brennan is passionate about the role of culture in strengthening community health and resilience, and in the power of the arts as a tool for learning, for exploring, for healing and in creating social change. As a family physician, Liz knows the value of thinking upstream about the root causes of ill health and the potential for systemic change that will improve community health. Hailing from the west coast, Liz now lives and works in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

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REFLECTION

Judith Shaw

I never considered myself an artist, yet I have always been a visual, intuitive thinker.  Recently, my vivid, pictorial thoughts and feelings led to a passion for creating sculpture.  It began when I finally admitted at age 53 that I was severely anorexic.  Sculpture became a way to express the emotional and mental bondage of my illness.  I had lived with anorexia for fifteen years and could no longer keep it up.  My body and life were disintegrating.  When I realized that I could not stop the destructive habits on my own, I sought help at a treatment center for eating disorders.  As I progressed through the program, my artistry began to surface and inform.  My artistic voice revealed itself.  I am discovering how to use this voice to forge a new relationship with my body and reclaim my life.

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

Apr 15, 2016
Creating Space VI
Montreal, Quebec

May 27, 2016
CAMT Conference
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
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Check Out Our Website for a Full Listing of Upcoming Events>>
SELECTED RESOURCES

Aesop PHE - Arts for Health and Wellbeing: An Evaluation Framework

The Art of Being Mentally Healthy 

The Summit on Creativity and Aging in America 
 
The Role of the Modern Curator in Hospital 

UF Center for Arts in Medicine - Research Database

Make sure to check out Arts Health BC's ever-growing database of arts & health journal articles on Mendeley.

More Resources>>
 
UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES
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We want to share your news and events – so keep us posted on your work, let us know about any new arts and health projects or research you have underway or any upcoming events and we’ll get it out to the community!
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