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.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
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 artofthestoryblog.com
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: Participants must sign up for the entire series. Pay-What-You-Choose. Options are: $35, $50 for the entire series (that’s $7 or $10 per session). To register, fill in the form below. Limited spaces available.
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.
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STRESSED! Workshop Series
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CONNECT! Whole Self Healing
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STEP ONE! Primary Care
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