Our research database on arts and health now contains over 750 articles. We know the arts contribute to health, healing and wellness, and we will continue building this database and gathering the research evidence. In parallel, your personal stories are just as important and we want to hear them. Whether it is painting, drawing, writing, performing, dancing or any other creative pursuit, we ask that you share your story with us. Let us know how participating and engaging in the arts has benefited your health. Select stories will be scheduled for publication as part of our Reflection series.
In the spirit of creativity and wellness,
Acting Executive Director, Arts Health Network Canada
Irene Gabinet is an adult educator, expressive arts facilitator and mixed media artist. Irene has more than twenty-five years experience in the health and community service sectors providing individual and group therapy to women healing from complex childhood and adult trauma. Irene also developed and facilitated training programs and workshops for front-line practitioners with a focus on skill based trauma-informed work with patients and clients.
Irene has developed and facilitated expressive arts workshops for health and social service
I am sixty-five years old, and have played guitar for over 50 years. I was a recording and touring musician for over ten of those years, so it was puzzling and disturbing when three years ago my right hand started to spasm when I played simple rhythm parts. At first it was only occasional, but as it increased in frequency, I consulted a neurologist, and was diagnosed
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