March 2015 | Issue 18
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While only some parts of Canada are enjoying cherry blossom-lined streets, the Vernal Equinox means that we can all officially celebrate Spring! This season has always been synonymous with freshness, vitality and an outpouring of creativity, and at AHNC we are taking the opportunity to spread that as far as possible.

We're looking forward to presenting our poster on the Arts' contribution to health, healing and wellbeing, at a number of events this spring. This includes the Creating Space V Symposium, an annual meeting that explores use of the arts, humanities and social sciences in health professional education to better prepare students for clinical and academic careers (April 24/25 in Vancouver); the Canadian Association for Music Therapy Conference (May 22-24 in Calgary), and the BC Art Therapy Association Conference (May 29/30 in Vancouver).   
Also on the horizon is another “Fireside Chat” webinar in collaboration with CHNET-Works! at the University of Ottawa. This webinar, entitled “The Arts and Individual Wellbeing in Canada” will feature Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies Research and review research on the public health and well-being implications of recreational arts engagement. This presentation will focus on findings from the landmark 2013 study, Arts & Individual Wellbeing in Canada and also include international longitudinal studies on arts engagement and wellbeing. Mark your calendar for Thursday May 21 (1:00-2:30 ET) and register today at
As always, we encourage you to stay in touch via email and our social media channels - we are here to promote and share your events, projects & research endeavours!  We wish those of you celebrating a Happy Holi, Nowruz and Spring Equinox.
The AHNC Team
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Hartley Jafine

Hartley Jafine is currently an instructor at McMaster University where he faciltates theatre and arts-based courses/workshops within the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) and Arts & Science programs and Interprofessional Education program. Additionally he is a communications coach at the University of Toronto - Postgraduate Medical Education and an Interprofessional Arts-Based Leaning Specialist at Baycrest Hospital. He holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Acadia University, an MA in Applied Drama from Goldsmiths, University of 


Make Art (or a Cure) From My Brain Cancer, Says TED Fellow Salvatore Iaconesi

“I have a brain cancer.”

Data artist and TED Fellow Salvatore Iaconesi posted these words this morning, along with a video of himself speaking. With his long ponytail reduced to a scruffy mohawk, he shares this story:



Nathan Miller

Nathan Miller is a remarkable 17 year old young man from Summerville, SC. Nathan was born in San Angelo, TX in 1997.  He was diagnosed with autism in 2001, but is, in his own words, "blessed with the ability to play music, and to communicate."  These are both things his older brother Marcus, age 25, who also has autism, cannot do.  Marcus has never been able to speak, and is on the profoundly challenged end of the autism spectrum. Despite Marcus's inability to speak, his favorite activity, second only to 



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