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Artists in Healthcare, Manitoba Inc.

Artists in Healthcare, Manitoba Inc. is an arts in healthcare organization providing services to hospitals, hospices, long term care.

  • Status:
    Charity, Non-profit, Program, Project, Resource 
  • Main Communities Served:
    All Ages, Dis/Abilities, FNMI, Homeless, Homeless Youth, Youth, We are patient, family and staff focused - in healthcare. 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Manitoba, Winnipeg, with rural sites at Brandon, Steinbach, Boundary Trails & Selkirk Mental Health Centre 
  • Languages:
    English, French 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    Artists in Healthcare's main program is Music to my Ears. This program brings professional, paid musicians; primarily guitarists, singer/guitarists and harpists (though we do have one accordion player), to play for patients in hospitals, hospices and long term care. Over 20 musicians play year-round at over ten facilities. Musicians play in patient waiting areas, and on all the units throughout the hospitals. Through the Service Canada Student Jobs program, we place another 8 - 10 musicians in residence in hospitals and long term care. Our Art at the Bedside program at St. Boniface Hospital has volunteers bringing art projects to patients approximately 70 hours a month. Art by the Big Blue Chair is a Manitoba Arts Council-funded project. Our artists work with with patients while they are having chemotherapy treatment. We have a string quartet series in partnership with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, which brings 19 40-minute performances to residents in long term care as well as 5 harp and flute concerts. We have recently begun a dance/movement therapy program and are bringing Playback Theatre to Selkirk Mental Health Centre. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    Artists in Healthcare believe that music and the arts are essential for a healthy life. To that end, we bring live music and visual arts to patients and residents; to improve quality of life in long term care and to reduce the anxiety and stress associated with illness in hospitals. 
  • ArtBridging Section:
    We are willing to offer mentorship based on our decade of experience bringing arts programs to healthcare. We are pretty good grant writers and great at program development. Our particular expertise lies in relationship building with healthcare staff, to change the culture in hospitals by bringing music and the arts onsite for the benefits of patients, families and staff. We have great musicians and can offer advice as to how to design a music program that suits the needs of a hospital.

    The main area we would welcome support in would be mentorship regarding funding.
  • Additional Info: - music at Cancercare. This link will take you to the cancercare video on our website. All videos are to be credited to Leif Norman.

    The Shaw piece has credits to the company listed at the end of the piece. It's Shaw TV. Journalist is Kim Kaschor.

    Music: The Grace Hospital (this program also runs year-round at other locations in Winnipeg and in Brandon, Bethesda, Boundary Trails, starting at SMHC Spring 2014)

    Art at the Bedside, St. Boniface Hospital 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Shirley Grierson, Executive Director 
  • Secondary Contact:
    Pamela Campbell, Treasurer 
  • Phone:
  • Main Contact Email: 
  • Website:
  • Address:
    #2 - 1325 Markham Road
    Winnipeg, MB  R3T 4J6 

Last updated on 2019-04-23 12:58:49. Submitted by: Shirley Grierson, Artists in Healthcare