April 2014 | Issue 12
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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,
Nicki Kahnamoui
Acting Executive Director, Arts Health Network Canada
Artists 'have structurally different brains'

Well-Being and the Arts: A Lifelong Friendship

Art Therapies Have Become a Mainstream Partner to Medicalised Healing

The Somewhere Project: Stella Ducklow’s Photo Tribute to Youth with Mental Illness

Syria Artist Sets Guinness Record with Damascus Mural

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Arts and Health Champions

Irene Gabinet

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 



Interest in Arts Predicts Social Responsibility

If you sing, dance, draw, or act -- and especially if you watch others do so -- you probably have an altruistic streak, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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David Price

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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April 26, 2014
An Art Therapy Approach to The Medicine Wheel
Vancouver, British Columbia
April 28, 2014
Art Therapy Workshop: An Art Therapy Experience
Haliburton, Ontario

April 30, 2014
The Heart of the Matter
Winnipeg, Manitoba

May 1-7, 2014
National Youth Arts Week
Multiple Locations Across Canada

May 3, 2014-April 26, 2015
Art as Therapy Exhibition
Banff, Alberta

Check Out Our Website for a Full Listing of Upcoming Events>>

An Evidence Review of the Impact of Participatory Arts on Older People 

Cultural Mapping Toolkit

Public Art Toolkit

Arts in Healthcare Programs and Practitioners: sampling the spectrum in the US & Canada

Participatory Art Making and Civic Engagement

Make sure to check out our ever-growing database of arts & health journal articles on Mendeley.

More Resources>>

Contribute to the Arts Health Network Canada "Visual Dispensary" on Pinterest!


Call for Reflections

May 20, 2014
Call for Creative Expressions on Aging - The Agewell Chataqua Project

June 20, 2014 
Call for Nominations - 3M Health Leadership Award

June 20, 2014 
Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness- Mural Contest

Check Out Our Website for a Full Listing of Upcoming Opportunities>>
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