Creating Artists’ Health provides 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 in 2019 are Animating Artists’ Health preview screening and Poetic Heartwork writing workshop.  Scroll down to learn more!

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A preview screening of short animations exploring artists’ health & wellbeing

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  THURSDAY MARCH 14, 2019 @ 7 PM       

OCAD U Room 190

100 McCaul Street, Toronto

Featuring 8 new works!


Root Causes by M.C Cruz

Appearing Faces by Shelton Deverell

This Body by Ess Joelle Kusmiski

Aches by Nikole Hidalgo McGregor

Not My Today by Emily Nixon

Burn Out by Raoul Olou

Michael by David Rendall

Restless by Tommy Truong

Artists’ Q&A and reception to follow

Writing for Wellness


Poetic Heartwork

March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 2019

Aga Khan Museum, 2-4 pm

Series of 5 workshops: $35

Artists’ Health Alliance presents Creating Artists’ Health, a series of creative workshops with notable artists focused on issues of artists’ health and wellbeing. As part of this series, award winning artist and poet Timaj Garad will lead a 5-week series of workshops at the Aga Khan Museum on Saturdays, 2-4 pm from March 9-April 6, 2019. The Poetic Heartwork series cultivates well-being by deepening creative writing and wellness practices anchored in self-love; including body, mind, emotional, and spiritual domains, and strengthening our capacity towards radical self and community care. Participants in this program are invited to a deeper exploration of how poetry can inform and enhance their own well-being. The final session will focus on strengthening participants’ capacity towards radical self and community care and engage participants in a collaborative process of extending self-love to create thriving, resilient communities. This series is open to 15 artists of all disciplines and will focus on the following themes:

Week 1 – March 9 : Poetic Body Wisdom

Week 2 – March 16 : Teaching the Mind what the Heart knows

Week 3 – March 23 : The Balance of Letting go and Letting in

Week 4 – March 30 : Finding Purpose in the Poetic

Week 5 – April 6 : Heart to Heartwork: Re-imagining Community

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“I’ve had some challenges. I think playing the violin is demanding in certain ways on the body, and if certain things go wrong…I have had carpal tunnel surgery on both my hands.”

- ​Jeanne Lamon – Violinist, Conductor, Tafelmusik


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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, ...