While many parts of the world have already ushered in 2016, here in Canada the last few hours of 2015 still linger. The year started off with a bang and is ending on the same high note.
Letâ€™s take a few moments to reflect on our top 5 highlights of 2015:
Number 5: Our poster on the Arts' contribution to health, healing and wellbeing has travelled from coast to coast, appearing at conferences and symposia across the country!
Number 4: There were lively discussions abound as we hosted a Fireside chat webinar with CHNET-Works at the University of Ottawa, on â€œThe Arts and Individual Wellbeing in Canada: a brief review of research on recreational arts engagement, health & wellbeing", as well as a Health Care Social Media Canada (#hcsmca) twitter chat discussing a few key areas of Arts & Health in Canada.
Number 3: We celebrated Arts & Health month with likeminded people around the globe: On Twitter and Facebook we listened as you used the #artshealthmonth hashtag to share inspiring stories, incredible initiatives and to connect with each other over the shared interest in arts, for the health of it.
Number 2: We achieved charitable status! This provides Arts Health Network Canada with new opportunities to keep the Arts & Health conversation alive and moving forward in Canada.
Number 1: We created two widely shared resources: As a follow up to the â€œOn The Map: Arts & Health in BCâ€ project, Arts Health BC and Arts Health Network Canada partnered with Hello Cool World to produce a â€˜mini-docâ€™ on Arts & Health activity in BC. The mini-doc features a range of Arts & Health initiatives and includes interviews with a few champions of Arts & Health in BC. We hope this video will inspire dialogue and raise awareness about the role that the arts plays in health and wellbeing.
We also created a country-wide map of arts & health projects, organizations and research endeavours. We often hear from people working in arts & health that they feel very alone in their efforts and isolated from or unaware of others who might be doing similar work. The AHNC map is a great way to learn about other programs (and potential arts & health allies) that might be in your area.
As we look to a bright new year, we ask you to join us in making a resolution: expand your own arts & health network. Make a cold call, type an introductory email or visit a local program to connect with a like-minded arts & health aficionado close to home. There is much to learn from each other and untapped potential to partner-up and collaborate on arts & health initiatives. Letâ€™s create an even stronger network of those working in Arts & Health, and those who believe in the transformative power that the arts can bring to health, health care and well-being.
Happy 2016! May it be filled with creativity and connection.
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Linda Maguire is an internationally renowned musician with a red carpet career spanning 23 years. She has done over 80 live radio broadcasts, several recordings, and has been a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center eight times
As a survivor and â€œthriverâ€ of a coma, 27 surgeries and a decade of medical trauma, I know firsthand the healing power of the arts.
As a child, the arts were my passion and identity. When my traumas occurred, they became my lifeline. Now that I am out of my medical crisis and into a life of health and vitality once again, the arts are how I can reconnect with the world, make a difference and raise awareness of the power of oneâ€™s internal resources. They make one aware of the human potential and spirit and that there are many ways to heal, externally and
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