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Resource Highlight | Dimensions of Music Care Part 3: Community Music

Dimensions of Music Care Part 3: Community Music
Room 217 – Music Care | Canada wide | 2017 | Sarah Pearson

“In this, our third instalment of this blog series on the ten dimensions of music care, we are focusing on Community Music. There is exciting academic research being done in the field of Community Music, and that largely refers to the broader sense of how a) music can create and change community, and b) how music can become more accessible in communities outside of traditional Western parameters. In the Music Care framework, we use it specifically to describe access between institutions or facilities such as hospitals, LTC homes, or prisons, and music that takes place in the community such as symphonies, touring shows, or community musical theatre.”

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Call for Artists: Fall 2018 Programming (Arts & Health: Healthy Aging Through the Arts, BC)

Arts & Health: Healthy Aging Through the Arts seeks artists (any discipline) interested in facilitating community-engaged arts practices with older adults.

2018/19 is Arts & Health’s 13th year of community-engaged arts programming for seniors and Elders in the Lower Mainland, on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh Nations. At each project site, an artist works with a group of older adults to co-create art together. The creativity, knowledge and life experience of each participant is acknowledged and their contributions to the project develop through collaboration. The facilitating artist brings their arts expertise and facilitation training to this multitude of voices to challenge group members and to ‘lead from beside’ in a collaborative arts practice. To learn more and see examples of current and past projects visit

For more information, please visit: Arts & Health’s website.

-from Arts & Health website

Webinar: The Health Arts Society (Room 217)

“Webinar: The Health Arts Society with David Lemon
Wed, Sep 12, 2018 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Register here!

The Music Care Webinar Series will host special guest lectures on cutting-edge Music Care topics. The webinars are 60 minutes, including Q&A, and take place live, online. Webinars are free of charge and are held the second Wednesday of the month from 3:30-4:40 EST

Please be sure to sign up for our enews announcements so you don’t miss an event! Sign up can be found at”

-from Room 217’s website
Read Room 217’s profile on our Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

#BigFeels: Creating Space for Mental Health in the Arts Symposium (Toronto)

#BigFeels: Creating Space for Mental Health in the Arts Symposium will explore the intersectionalities of mental health and the arts and will create positive connections in our communities through meaningful conversations!

Presented by Workman Arts

Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

Register here!

Join us to explore engaging topics that relate to:

  • Resource sharing to support more equitable, engaging and inclusive spaces;
  • How we better support artists with mental health lived experiences;
  • Mindfulness towards better incorporating processes and approaches to mental wellness within our organizations;
  • Creating connections with youth and racialized communities to have more meaningful conversations around mental health


Monday May 28, 2018: Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street; tour Mindset exhibit and launch party with live entertainment (7:30-9:30pm)
*Light snacks and refreshment will be provided, live performance and entertainment.
Tuesday & Wednesday May 29 + 30, 2018: Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street; 2-day symposium (9:30 & 10 AM – 5:30 PM)
*Lunch provided on both days.

IMPORTANT: All registrations made by Tuesday May 22, 2018 at 12 noon guarantee your meals (and any dietary requests). After this date meals will not be included with registration.

If you require ASL support, please register no later than 12noon on May 22, 2018. Thank you for your understanding.

For more information and the FULL SCHEDULE, click here.
*Both venues are wheelchair accessible

*If you require ASL interpretation or any other accessibility support; please contact Symposium Producer, Parul Pandya: or phone Scott at 416 583 4339 extension 5″

-from Workman Arts website
Read Workman Arts’ profile on our Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

# BigFeels: Creating Space for Mental Health in the Arts symposium (Workman Arts)

“Public Consultations – Be a Part of the Current Conversation about Mental Health!

Workman Arts invites you to contribute to the discussion on the intersectionality of arts and mental health. These consultations will support Workman Arts in developing the #BigFeels: Creating Space for Mental Health in the Arts symposium that will be held in Toronto at the end of May 2018. What kind of supports and resources do artists, arts organizations and mental health advocacy/service-based organizations need to support more inclusive spaces? How do we better support artists with mental health lived experiences? How do we grow as a community to better support and grow with each other? Who are the artists, leaders and organizations you admire that are doing work in the sector? Let’s create meaningful conversations in our communities about mental health!

Public Consultation Dates & Locations:

Public Consultation with Artists with Lived Mental Health Experiences
March 5, 2018 7:30pm-8:30pm
Program Room at Wychwood, Toronto Public Library
1431 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Public Consultation with Arts Organizations
March 6, 2018, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Program Room at Wychwood, Toronto Public Library
1431 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Public Consultation with Mental Health Advocacy/Service-Based Organizations
March 7, 2018 7:30pm-8:30pm
Program Room at Wychwood, Toronto Public Library
1431 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Please RSVP with what night you are attending by March 2, 2018 : parul_pandya[at]”

-from Workman Arts website
Read Workman Arts’ profile on our Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

Workshop – Keep On Keeping On: A Performance-Based Exploration Of Maintaining Creative Energy

“Tap into the sources of your creative energy through this active, performance-based workshop led by one of Canada’s leading drama educators, Kathleen Gould Lundy. Exchange insights with your fellow artists to combat the creative fatigue and social isolation that plagues artistic work. Explore how your personal and professional stories, and the places you come from, can preserve and nurture your imagination and creativity.

This workshop is open to all artists. No theatre or acting experience required.

Key Takeaways

  • Discover and explore the sources of your creative energy
  • Connect with and learn from other artists
  • Develop the capacity to use drama as a tool for wellbeing”

For more information and to register, please visit: Artists’ Health Alliance’s website.

-from Artists’ Health Alliance website
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Workshop: Introduction to Storytelling and Acting (GeriActors, Edmonton)

“NEW GeriActors Workshop: Introduction to Storytelling and Acting (Spring Session)

If you’ve EVER acted or NEVER acted, this is the program for you!

Join the fun!

Turn your stories into plays
Learn about acting
Create dynamic characters
Perform (if you want to)
If you participated in GeriActors SUMMER SCHOOL this workshop is a continuation of what you learned. We would love to see you there!

Fridays from 3:00 – 5:00pm
March 2 – May 11
No session on March 30 for Good Friday

The SAGE Seniors Association
15 Sir Winston Churchill Square
SAGE is wheelchair accessible and all abilities are welcome

$40 per person or pay-what-you-can
Register in person at SAGE or call 780-423-5510

GeriActors has been turning stories into plays for the last 17 years. For more information on GeriActors Theatre visit our website:

-submitted by GeriActors Theatre
Read GeriActors’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: LAMP Community Health Centre

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

LAMP Community Health Centre is a multi-service, community based, charitable organization that provides a wide range of programs and services to improve a person’s health. LAMP uses a coordinated, equity-based approach to build access and connect people to medical services and other programs that maintain good health and build personal resources. By providing services that improve physical, emotional, social, cultural and economic wellbeing, people can better control their health and environment.

Now into our 40th year serving the Etobicoke-Lakeshore community LAMP strives to meet the new and emerging community needs.

LAMP’s arts projects vary as per funding. Arts and culture is a social determinant of health and helps to improve wellbeing. We also do annual events like Black History, Streetbana and the RAY summer festival which includes cultural dance and food.Past and current projects include Expressive Arts, painting,Crafts, and Music. Ruckus an annual Youth Talent and Fashion showcase, A partnership with Mabelle Arts, Laser Eagles, Mural Art, Photography and Video Programming,Vocals etc. The Remix project was created from I.C. Visions a youth hip hop project.”

To read more about LAMP Community Health Centre, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Research to Practice (R2P) Talk Series (Artists’ Health Alliance, Toronto)


“The Research & Education Committee of the Artists’ Health Alliance is excited to share a new pilot education series we’ve been developing. The Research to Practice (R2P) Talk Series is a part of the Alliance’s commitment to the mental and physical wellbeing of professional artists and tertiary art students. We hope you’ll be able to join us for our second event on November 9th, 2016.

Stress, Coping, and Support: Psychosocial Considerations for Peak Performance
Wednesday Nov 9 2016 @ 12:15-1:30pm

Hosted by: Ryerson University School of Performance
Location: 345 Yonge Street, Studio Theatre
Speaker: Dr. Katherine Tamminen, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education

Pre-performance anxiety. Emotional contagion. The car ride home. Perfectionism and burnout. In this talk, Dr. Katherine Tamminen explores psychosocial factors in the development and maintenance of peak performance as well as ways that coaches, teachers and parents can support the healthy development of talented performers and artists.

Dr. Katherine Tamminen is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education at the University of Toronto and has worked as a consultant with athletes and performers at all levels.

To register, call (416) 351-0239 or visit

The Research to Practice (R2P) Talk Series investigates the mental and physical health of artists as well as performance science, the study of how to train and prepare for greater excellence and injury prevention. Talks draw on research to make practical applications in the lives of artists as well as those who train and treat them. Musculoskeletal issues, psychology and mental wellbeing, ergonomics, instructional theory, neuroscience and the pragmatics of sustaining an artist’s career are all on the table.

The Artists’ Health Alliance is committed to enhancing the wellbeing of professional performing and creative artists as well as students in, and teachers at, recognized post-secondary arts institutions. The Artists’ Health Alliance was formed with a vision of creating a centre for holistic treatment and comprehensive health education and outreach.

If your personal or professional network might be interested in this opportunity we hope you will forward the information to them or direct them to our Facebook event page here:

-submitted by Artists’ Health Alliance
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Stress and the Artist Workshop: The Art of Living Well with Stress (Artists’ Health Alliance, Toronto)


“Continue performing and creating while managing your stress. Learn to recognize stress and integrate coping mechanisms into your day-to-day life. Explore nutrition, breathing, self-shiatsu and other self-management strategies with the Centre’s Clinical Nutritionist and Shiatsu Therapist.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Effective and easy tension-reducing tips
  • How to nourish your body as a whole
  • To live with and release your stress

Date: Wednesday November 23 2016
Time: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Artscape Youngplace (Venue Sponsor), 180 Shaw St
Early Bird Price: $14.50

To learn more and register, please visit

-submitted by Artists’ Health Alliance
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map