October 2015 | Issue 25
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November is known for fuzzy sweaters, warm beverages, shorter days and yes, moustaches. While we continue to support Movember, we’re hoping to start sharing that monthly spotlight with Arts & Health.  Yes, November is Arts & Health Month: an internationally recognized time to celebrate and raise awareness about arts’ contributions to health, healing and wellbeing.  We have been preparing for Arts & Health Month for a while, and now we need YOU to help us spread the word!
Get involved by adding the Arts & Health Month logo to your email signature or website, show and share YOUR arts & health project on social media by adding the #artshealthmonth hashtag and join us for a #hcsmca Twitter chat on November 25th .
For those of you in Canada, we have been mapping Arts & Health initiatives across the country to keep track of the fantastic work being done by all of you from coast to coast to coast. Check out the map, and if you don’t see your own arts & health project, organization or research endeavour on the map, send us a description!
Lastly, we are excited to be presenting at the third annual Power of the Arts conference hosted by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Carleton University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Nov 6-8 in Ottawa.  AHNC board members Frédéric Julien, Christian Senechal and KT Project Manager Kira Tozer will be there – if you’re attending, let us know, we’d love to connect!  
Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative Arts & Health Month,
The AHNC Team
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Arts and Health Month

November is Arts & Health Month - an internationally recognized month to celebrate and raise awareness about arts’ contributions to health, healing and wellbeing.  We want to turn up the volume on the arts & health conversation in Canada this November, and we need your help to do so!  Here is what we have lined up for the month of November: 

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN!  #artshealthmonth



Amy Clements-Cortes 

Amy Clements-Cortes is an Assistant Professor, Music and Health Research Collaboratory, University of Toronto; Senior Music Therapist/Practice Advisor, Baycrest; Instructor and Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University & Registered Psychotherapist. Amy has extensive clinical experience working with clients across the lifespan with a specialty in work with older adults and end-of-life care. She has given over 90 conference and/or invited academic presentations, is published in peer reviewed


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