April 2015 | Issue 19
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The countdown continues! We are less than one month away from hosting our second ever “Fireside Chat” webinar in partnership with CHNET-Works! at the University of Ottawa. This webinar will feature Canadian author and researcher Kelly Hill, reviewing research that explores the public health and well-being implications of recreational arts engagement.  Mark your calendars for May 21st 1:00 PM ET, and register today.
The AHNC conference poster is making the rounds again, most recently at the Tapestry Foundation’s Geriatric Services Conference and Creating Spaces V Symposium in Vancouver, and headed next to BC Parks and Recreation Association Symposium in Victoria May 6th.   If you have ideas on where the poster should go next, please connect with us at
April has been a busy month for the Network, as well as its community partners. Our founding community partner, Arts Health BC wrapped up the On The Map: Arts & Health in BC project this week with the launch of a final report and an online map plotting arts & health initiatives across BC. Check it out for a glimpse into the arts & health landscape in BC and get inspired to plan arts & heath mapping in other jurisdictions!
Another of our community partners, Arts Health Network Ottawa/Réseau Arts et Santé Ottawa, is hosting a Celebration of Arts & Health Fundraiser on May 9th in Ottawa.  If you’re in the area and interested in learning more about arts & health, AHNO/RASO and enjoy live music – join in! 
The AHNC Team
CBC North by Northwest - Creative Aging with Karen Close

Art program boosts medical students' visual observation skills

There is Hope for a Better Future in Caring for the Elderly

Big East to Take the Stage for Teen Mental Health

The Sync Project Research Initiative Collects Biological Data

A Holistic Approach to Health Care, Healing Through Art

Music and the Arts Offer a Cultural Cure

Music and Mental Health

Flash Mobs Bring Joy to Hospital Patients

Brain of a Surgeon, Heart of an Artist

Why Music is Key to your Child’s Development

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Arts & Health Champions

Trevor Hancock

Dr. Trevor Hancock is a Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria. He is a former Public health physician, population and public health consultant, Victoria, BC. Trevor has worked as a consultant for local communities, municipal, provincial and national governments, health care organizations and the World Health Organization. His main areas of interest are health promotion, healthy cities and communities, healthy public policy, environmental health, health policy and planning, and health futurism. 


Music and the Brain: Jessica Grahn at TEDxWesternU

Jessica Grahn, Cognitive Neuroscientist, talks about the power of the human mind and how it can be transformed through music.



Rasheda Sial

Trying to find some solace in a new art course during a health crisis, I signed up for Art for Health, a course taught by Suzanne Valois, which also included making mandalas. Mandala means 'that which encircles a Centre', the centre being a meaning or representation (symbol) of a meaning. Discussing dreams and interpreting symbols within them was part of the culture in which I grew up. However, creating symbols within a Mandala was foreign to me.

As explained by Suzanne, the mandala reads from outside in. The process evolved into an intense journey.



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Call for Reflections

May 4, 2015
Call for Artists - Communication Awareness Art Show

May 1, 2015
Health Communications | Call for Papers

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