Resources

Financial Assistance: The Joysanne Sidimus Fund

Click HERE for information on how to apply to the Joysanne Sidimus Fund

The Joysanne Sidimus Fund is a financial assistance program that helps eligible professional artists, full-time students in, and teachers at, recognized post-secondary arts institutions (see Eligibility Checklist – pages 3 & 4 of the Application) to pay for the fee-for-service treatments offered at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre by covering 75% of the cost, up to a maximum of $760 for each successful application.

Resources and Links

The Artists’ Health Alliance continuously works to provide a list of useful links and resources for the arts community. Please check back regularly for additions and updates.

Financial Assistance:

The AFC – the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry www.AFChelps.ca
Canvas: A Foundation for Artists www.canvasfoundation.ca
Creative Arts Savings & Credit Union www.creativeartscu.com

Health Services:

Paul B. Helliwell Patient & Family Library at Toronto Western Hospital Visit Website
Low Cost Dental Services View PDF
Mental Health Community Resources View PDF

Insurance:

The Arts and Entertainment Plan www.aeplan.ca
Writers’ Coalition Benefits Program www.writerscoalition.ca
Co-working Health Insurance Plan via Creative Blueprint coworkingontario.ca/cohip/

Art Service Organizations:

Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) dtrc.ca
Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network (CSARN) www.csarn-craac.ca
Arts Health Network Canada (AHNC) artshealthnetwork.ca
Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) tapa.ca
Canadian Stage (The Relay) www.canadianstage.com

Podcasts:

UHN Patient & Family Libraries View PDF

In the Media:

Musician, Heal Thyself! (The Whole Note) View PDF or read it at www.thewholenote.com
Dancers and the Art of Stress Management (Healthy Dancer Canada) View PDF
10 Stress Management Tools for your Dance Bag (Healthy Dancer Canada) View PDF
The Healthy Artist Guide to a Less Toxic Studio (Toxic Nation Project) View PDF
Interview with Jill Humphries, Secretary, Board of Directors, Artists’ Health Alliance on The Dennis Report. Watch video
Interview with Dr. Lee Bartel, Board of Directors, Artists’ Health Alliance on Metro Morning with Matt Galloway. Click here to listen.
Myths and Realities of Artitsts’ Health: Panel Discussion on Storify. Click here to read.

“What we do on stage or in front of the camera is so physical, and we can’t be sick. If we’re sick, we don’t work. So, you know that old saying ‘the show must go on'.”

- ​Sheila McCarthy – Actor

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Upcoming Workshops

STRESSED! Workshop Series

May 01, 2019

Stress is a tricky part of life. Too much of it, and you’re a blob on the floor. Too little of it, and you’re a blob on the floor. For artists, stress comes not only from the normal pressures of life, but also from the precarious nature of the arts sector which usually means too little time, ...

CONNECT! Whole Self Healing

October 03, 2018

What’s this got to do with stress? Because artists bring their whole selves to their work, artists’ health demands that we pay attention to the whole artist. That sprained wrist and that nagging pit of dread in the belly are likely connected, not to mention our shoulder pain and fear ...

STEP ONE! Primary Care

November 07, 2018

What’s this got to do with stress? Primary healthcare providers, such as family doctors and nurse practitioners, are the starting point to accessing healthcare services in Ontario. They can treat many health conditions (including stress-related ones) and can lessen the stress that often comes ...