We hope 2014 has been off to a fantastic start for you. As a way to kick-off the New Year, we would like to share a new resource with you that the team has been actively working on for the past few months.
We trust that many of you will find this new resource helpful in explaining the work you do, situating it within a broader sector, and using it as a way to help promote the intersections of arts and health. This new resource is an Arts & Health infographicthat is an attempt to summarize and succinctly explain the vast field of arts and health.
We are grateful to the many individuals across Canada and internationally who took the time to review the numerous drafts of this document, provided us feedback, and encouraged us to continue refining and enhancing the document so that it would be more representative of the community. We invite you to use and share this resource with your networks online while we work on releasing a print-friendly version soon.
I remain humbled by all the generosity and the creative spirit of the amazing people who navigate the intersection of arts and health.
In the spirit of creativity and wellness,
Acting Executive Director, Arts Health Network Canada
Ara Parker is a Registered Art Therapist (Canadian Art Therapy Association and British Columbia Art Therapy Association) and clinical Art Therapy Supervisor. She is Associate Chair, Art Therapy , Master of Psychotherapy & Spirituality Degree programme and Faculty Lecturer in Art Therapy at St. Stephenâ€™s College, Edmonton, Alberta.
A graduate of both the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and Lesley College in Cambridge, MA, she earned her Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies. Currently, Ara Parker is working towards her Doctor of Ministry degree with St. Stephenâ€™s College studying the relationship between art, spirituality and healing. Read More >>
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Hi, my name is Heather Bolinder and I am a chronic pain patient. Here is my story: I am a native Cape Codder from Massachusetts and I was a very active person, involved in volunteering, founder of the Harwich Community Playground, a member of the Cape Cod Art Association and Harwich Artist Guild. I worked as a volunteer E.M.T in Colorado, as well as a private duty nurseâ€™s aid and raised two beautiful children. I graduated from Mount Ida College with a degree in Fine Arts and went on to teach art at a local studio as well as a professional artist, which is where my pain story begins. Read More>>
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