Creating Artists’ Health are opportunities for artists to work on creative projects with seasoned artist-facilitators and mentors. The programs are discipline-specific intensive workshops that prompt artistic responses to topics in artists’ health. Upcoming programs are: Moving for Meaning, Writing for Wellness and Animating Artists’ Health (juried). Scroll down to learn more and register.


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Moving for Meaning

Movement workshops for artists of all disciplines to tap into our creative energy and experiential knowledge. Led by dancer/choreographer Yvonne Ng and RSW Matthew Eldridge, they will blend the Open Source Forms© movement approach with creative practices to explore issues in artists’ health. Time will be set aside for facilitated reflections on each session’s movement focus. Limited spaces available. No dance experience needed.

Registration is now closed.

Writing for Wellness

Building on last year’s popular workshop, Journeys in Health: Exploring Identity through Writing, we are offering a five week series aimed at promoting personal well-being through writing. Drawing on insights from the fields of mindfulness and expressive writing, participants will write and have opportunities to share their work in a supportive, collaborative and confidential atmosphere.  We will explore themes of wellbeing and resilience through structured writing exercises. New and experienced writers welcome.

Facilitator: Karen Gold, MSW, PhD is a Toronto-based social worker, counselor, and educator.  She is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists facilitator and is currently studying Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College. She blogs on narrative and health at

Venue: Artists’ Health Alliance, 1000 Yonge Street, Suite 303

Dates:  Mondays – October 22, October 29, November 12, November 19, November 26

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration is now closed.


Animating Artists’ Health (juried)

In partnership with the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS), this artist intensive will engage 8 jury-selected emerging animators to create original ONE MINUTE-long animated films about artists’ health. Download the Call for Submissions with complete details.

Participating artists will receive a cash honorarium provided by Artists’ Health Alliance; studio space, facilitation and resources provided by TAIS; and mentorship from noted media artist b.h. Yael.

Registration is now closed.

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Upcoming Workshops

STRESSED! Workshop Series

May 02, 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, ...

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 ...

DIGEST! Eating with Mood in Mind

December 05, 2018

What’s this got to do with stress? What we eat, our eating patterns and our mindset about food are all fundamental to health. This workshop considers the time and financial restrictions artists commonly face to offer stress-reducing, health-boosting, nutrition-focused knowledge. In this ...