Christine Ardagh Education & Outreach Program
The Christine Ardagh Education & Outreach Program presents ongoing workshops to support the health and wellbeing of professional artists and students in recognized post-secondary arts institutions.
We help give artists the skills and tools needed to deal with stress, low self-esteem, and physical and mental health concerns. Many artists expose themselves to not just physical dangers, but to mental health ones. From harsh chemicals and repetitive strain injuries to performance anxiety, artists put a lot of strain on their bodies and mind. When you factor in the fluid nature of an artist’s income, you can imagine how difficult it can be to access specialized healthcare that ensures an artists’ body and mind are kept well-tuned.
“Since my initial encounter with the Artists’ Health Alliance, I have taken advantage of their extraordinary series of workshops for artists – to not only deal with work-related injury and chronic problems, but to help prevent such injuries! I feel that adding more options to dealing with my lower back problems have been extremely beneficial to my personal long-term health and, consequently, to increasing the longevity of my career.”
“I feel I can continue creating, this time with a greater knowledge of self, voice and place.”
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School & Community Outreach
The Artists’ Health Alliance wants to come to you!
We work with skilled practitioners and educators who are part of our outreach program, which enables us to come to you! From arts companies to collectives, schools to training programs, our knowledge is available, and we look forward to talking with you about partnership opportunities.
We bring useful, relevant and specialized knowledge to emerging artists and community programs that support emerging and professional artists. We believe that providing these tools and resources at an early stage is critical to the long term health and wellbeing of artists. Our goal is to enable them to have a long and healthy career in the arts, and continue enriching our community through their passion.
Our partners have included OCADU, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Humber College, Etobicoke School of the Arts, University of Toronto, York University and more.
“For the past decade, the Humber College Theatre Performance program has benefitted greatly from the Artists’ Health Alliance and their phenomenal Education Outreach programs. We have had specialists from the Alliance come in to do subsidized workshops on Vocal Health, Nutrition, and Stress Management to name a few. Our students consistently rave about how informative and useful these workshops are. They are especially enthusiastic about the facilitators, who have a deep understanding of the performer’s craft and a profound knowledge of their particular areas of specialty. In my own experience, the facilitators are able to connect with students in ways that are engaging, entertaining and challenging. They are also very responsive in following up with students when they need more support. Many of our students now use the services of The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre on a regular basis.
I simply cannot believe that we have such an incredible resource in our city and I encourage every performing arts training institution to take advantage of it.”
~ Paul de Jong, The School of Creative and Performing Arts, Humber College (2015)
To learn more about Christine Ardagh Education & Outreach Program opportunities and how we can bring specialized knowledge to your students and organization, please contact us by email or call 416-351-0239.
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