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Radical Connections

Radical Connections improves care and strengthens communities by bringing artists and people in healthcare together through artist in residence programs, virtual performances, and patient lead curatorial projects. We advocate for the necessity of cultural enrichment in the healing process through, seminars, newsletters and publications.

  • Status:
  • Main Communities Served:
    Adults, Dis/Abilities, Seniors 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario 
  • Languages:
    English, French 
  • Arts Focus:
    Currently online performing arts 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    Currently we are focusing on our pilot project Unmasked Connections which features intimate virtual performances for people in care at Bruyère hospital's long-term care locations. Musicians, poets, storytellers and actors are among the options which patients and their families can choose from.
    Through out the process we will be conducting research into both the health of the audience members and best practices in the facilitation of online programing for vulnerable participants. We are partnered with the Music and Health Research Institute at uOttawa and the Equity Health Services lab affiliated with the Ottawa Hospital. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    Wellness, for all, involves the opportunity to play, create and make choices. People in care need those same opportunities. Participation in the arts brings joy and connection; it demonstrates that people receiving care are much more than their medical conditions.

    Elder care needs radical transformation. We will ensure that aging is a time when people can share their wisdom and enjoy arts and culture.
    People experiencing mental or physical distress should be surrounded by healing environments. We will bring meaningful sonic, visual, literary or movement-based arts into hospitals and care settings.

    True creative participation humanizes care by celebrating a diversity of individuals, cultures, abilities, and communities. Connecting arts and health improves quality of life for residents, patients, visitors, and everyone working in healthcare. 
  • ArtBridging Section:
    Radical Connections would love to offer mentorships in community arts programming.
    We would be pleased to participate in seminars and conferences.
  • Main Contact Name:
    Jenny McMaster, Artistic Director 
  • Secondary Contact:
    Carol Wiebe, Medical Director 
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  • Address:
    43 Bruyère St.
    Ottawa, ON  K1N 5C8 

Last updated on 2022-09-21 12:10:45.