We hope your summer was filled with lots of sunshine, outdoor concerts, festivals, art walks, garden tours, sidewalk chalk and creative fun!
Since we last Connectorâ€™d with you in June, Susan Summers, one of Arts Health Network Canadaâ€™s board members, presented a poster on behalf of AHNC at the Canadian Music Therapy Association and the International Music and Medicine Conferences in Toronto. The poster draws on some of your initiatives and projects to help raise awareness about the broader field of arts and health. If you know of a conference happening anywhere in Canada that might be interested in this type of poster, please do let us know and if you are already attending the conference, we can discuss ways in which perhaps you might be able to represent AHNC and our poster at the conference.
The AHNC Board remains committed and is actively looking to expand the Board to include representation from across the country, while also taking into account diversity in skill sets and knowledge domains.
At a more local level, our community partners have been busy too! The Toronto group took the summer off and just recently had their September gathering at Mt Sinai hospital. Arts Health BC revamped its website and launched a province-wide online survey of arts & health activity; if you are in BC, get â€˜On The Mapâ€™ by taking their short survey. After the completion of this project in BC, the local groups will discuss ways that the project can be launched in other parts of the country.
Next up, we are branching out in the Twitterverse and co-hosting a Health Nexus #healthpromochat along with @CAPACOA, on the intersections between arts and health. Join in on the chat. Follow us at @artshealthca and tune in on September 30th at 12:00 PST/3:00 EST.
Another date to mark on your calendars is October 21st, 2014. The Canadian Arts Coalition will be hosting their fourth annual Arts Day on Parliament Hill to speak about the value that the Arts bring to communities across the country, and the importance of government investment in them. If you canâ€™t make the trip to the capital, be sure to follow the conversation on twitter using the hashtag #ArtsDay, or head to the Canadian Arts Coalition website to find out more ways to get involved.
Wishing you good health and creative fulfillment,
The AHNC Team
Claire Robson is co-lead artist for Quirk-e â€“ the queer imaging & riting kollective for elders. The collective, which has worked under her direction for the last eight years, has made many public shows and presentations, including a human library project and workshops for queer youth and youth leaders. Claire was recently awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is working in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Womenâ€™s Studies and studying arts-engaged community practices.
Mother Takes Inspiring Photos of her Beautiful One-Handed Daughter
This loving mother, Holly Spring, took up photography after her daughter had struggled early on in life with Hirschsprungâ€™s Disease and no left hand. She wants to show her daughter that there are no limits to what she can achieve if she just believes in herself. â€œMy daughter is my muse and my heart that inspires me to follow my passion and share these unique photos and digital art with you,â€ says Holly. Her photography won the NZIPP/Epson Iris Portrait Creative Photographer of the Year award in 2014.
GeriActors and Friends (G&F) has been a highlight of my week for four years now and I wouldnâ€™t miss a meeting on Thursdays unless I was ill or on vacation. The spirit of comradeship and playfulness of the other members enriches my life. From the improvisation activities that spark our imaginations and foster creativity to the crafting of stories into scenes or playlets based on issues or themes in our lives, we share a common bond of enjoying each otherâ€™s contributions and giving ourselves
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