In 1997, a group of artists came together committed to enhancing the wellbeing of professional performing and creative artists as well as students in, and teachers at, recognized post-secondary arts institutions. The Artists’ Health Alliance (formerly the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation) was formed, with a vision of creating a centre for holistic treatment and comprehensive health education and outreach.
In 2012, the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation officially transitioned to a registered charity under the name Artists’ Health Alliance (Alliance).
The Alliance works in partnership with The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, Toronto Western Hospital (Centre), founded in 2002, to ensure the needs of the artistic community are being met, and is accomplished through ongoing communication with the arts community, the Christine Ardagh Education & Outreach Program, Needs Assessment Surveys and the work of the Artists’ Committee.
The Alliance is also responsible for management of the Joysanne Sidimus Fund, with funding available through the Centre, for artists of limited financial means.
To empower artists of all disciplines with accessible, innovative and integrative healthcare, so they may enrich our society.
The Artists’ Health Alliance: provides leadership in health advocacy, promotion, and education for artists of all disciplines; supports artists’ use of specialized arts medicine and the integrative healthcare facility at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital; and through active networking and research is a catalyst for advancing the health and wellbeing of our artistic community.
In 1994, a group of Toronto artists met at the request of Joysanne Sidimus, Founder and Executive Director of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre to investigate the possibility of creating a specialized health care facility for creative and performing professional artists. The impetus for the project was a unanimous frustration with the cost and lack of appropriate health care for artists. The project grew into the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation (now the Artists’ Health Alliance).
In 1995, an extensive needs assessment survey was conducted in the Toronto area concerning the health care needs of artists. At the same time, research was conducted into other known artists’ clinics including centres in San Francisco, London, The Hague, and New York City. The information gathered confirmed the need for an integration of complementary and conventional medical health services, as well as research in the field of artists’ healthcare, and subsidies for alternative therapies.
The initiative was referred to the Healthy Connections program at Toronto Western Hospital within the University Health Network, and it was there that The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre (Centre) found its home, opening in November, 2002.
The creation of The Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre was a labour of love for the visionary people who brought it into being; the board of the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation (now the Artists’ Health Alliance) and the directorship of the University Health Network. It would have been impossible without the contributions of the many people who could easily have put their money elsewhere, above all Al and Malka Green.
The Artists’ Health Centre Foundation (now the Artists’ Health Alliance) remained active throughout the process of opening the Centre.
Two seminars were held before the space was officially opened (one for artists, the other for practitioners). In 2003, three more seminars held in the Centre’s space presented speakers familiar with the issues and injuries of artist’s, and dealt with techniques and resources that are available to artists within the community. Since then, numerous clinics, seminars and workshops have been presented and the Alliance continues to be an active partner in recommendations for the Centre, as well as education and outreach programs and management of the Joysanne Sidimus Fund, established in 2004.
“The artists are the storytellers. We’re the story keepers. And the stories that a culture tells are in fact its guidebook.”
Explore Artistic Identity in Writing
September 27, 2017
The role of writing in promoting wellbeing is an emerging field in personal and professional development. In this workshop, we will use writing exercises as an avenue to promote reflection, self-expression and insight into our professional identities as artists. Writing is a creative and versatile ...
September 21, 2017
Offered by The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre The next round of the OHIP-covered Mind/Body/Spirit Practicum begins Thursday 21 September! There are nine spots available. Intake meetings take place 31 August and 7 September. This innovative 7 session psychotherapeutic programme ...
Registration: Artists' Toolbox
June 30, 2018
Fill in the form below and select which events you want to register for, including the number of spaces you want to reserve (under “quantity”). If you have any problems registering online, you can do so over the phone by calling 416-351-0239. Season Summary Narrative Wellbeing ...