With the leaves changing colour and the smell of â€˜pumpkin spiceâ€™ in the air, Canadians from coast to coast are celebrating Thanksgiving. At AHNC there are preparations of a different kind. Weâ€™re gearing up for the most exciting time of the year for us: Arts and Health Month is just a few short weeks away in November and weâ€™re excited!
Arts and Health Month is an internationally recognized month to celebrate and raise awareness about artsâ€™ contributions to health, healing and wellbeing. This year we want to add even more voices to the arts & health conversation in Canada, and we need your help to do so!
To get involved, send us an email and weâ€™ll send you the Arts and Health month logo to add to your email signatures, and to post social media, and/or on your website (or one that you manage).
You can also take part in our Arts Health Challenge â€“Keep an eye on our social media and website at the beginning of November for a daily prompt that will help you exercise your creative muscle, and even help you feel better.
Send us stories/videos/photos, using the #artshealthmonth hashtag, about how you, your friends or family are integrating art into daily life and how it has positively impacted your health.
And, as always, follow the #artshealthmonth hashtag on social media to tag and share posts using the hashtag!
Weâ€™re looking forward to celebrating this month with you. So stay tuned!
While taking a career in Cancer Research developing and using software to analyze cancer genomes, my other passion is in writing and drawing/painting. Art in both forms has been important for me since I was young as a way to express my thoughts and feeling. Often it's the only way as words sometimes do not adequately capture my thoughts. I kept a journal by my bedside since I was a kid to document and process my thoughts and dreams. Sometimes I would sketch my dreams when half awake.
If you have not yet had a chance to join the community, go ahead and register today. Registering to be part of the community will only take a few minutes of your time, and has many benefits. Create a profile that you can share with your colleagues, create and join Groups, and set your notification subscriptions to be sure you are alerted when new discussions are posted to your groups.
We want to share your news and events â€“ 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 weâ€™ll get it out to the community!