Making a Connection Between Wellness and the Arts
ARTWELL is a multi-disciplinary network of individuals and organizations who believe in the connection between the arts and wellness. Our intention is to provide an educational and professional forum where we share knowledge, expertise, events and resources for inspiration, support and advocacy. Artwell will become a powerful voice in informing health and educational institutions, funders, and the public about the therapeutic value of right brain ways of knowing and expressing.
Things that Matter to Us!
Poetry of Autumn
This Artwell sponsored event was “…a beautiful combination of music and poetry” with Artwell Board members Nandita Selvanathan and Darlene Tataryn; poet Sally Ito and percussionist Mohit Joshi.
It is important to us that we learn about other arts and wellness organizations and work together to share awareness and new practices. We are looking at ways to collaborate with this wonderful BC based group:
We are Canada’s primary arts and health knowledge sharing, networking and capacity building hub, helping to promote and facilitate the development and growth of arts and health initiatives across Canada.
As a not-for-profit organization, Arts Health Network Canada’s (AHNC) primary purpose is to increase public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the contributions of arts-based initiatives to individual and community health, as well as to Canada’s public health care system.
AHNC aims to bring arts and health activities into the mainstream, integrated in the fabric of our communities, where participation and engagement in arts and cultural activities is embraced as a way of life, integral in meeting the health and social needs of all Canadians.
The Network engages arts/health users, organizations, decision makers, and the broader public to understand and support the connections between health and arts-based activities, as well as the multitude of ways that the arts can contribute to lowering costs, increasing effectiveness, and supporting the sustainability of our public health care system.
An Art Therapy Exhibit featuring Manitoba Artists in support of mental health. Art therapy is “art in therapy” or “the act of making art” to share a personal story through creative self expression. We want to share our collective story:
- to create awareness of mental health issues,
- to raise funds for Artbeat Studio and the new Crisis Response Centre.
The exhibit featured the original, creative work of Manitoba artists, musicians, writers and performers. In addition to the exhibit, there was an art sale, poetry slam, performances and people to provide information on mental health. All proceeds went directly to Artbeat Studio.