Community arts and health go hand in hand / L'art communautaire et la santé vont bien ensemble!
    April / avril 2016
Community arts and health go hand in hand. Art can have a positive impact on mental and physical health and can build confidence. From the sounds of musicians playing for people in hospitals, to artists of all abilities collaborating in the community, to artists with dementia painting together, community art improves quality of life for Canadians. Here is a sample of community-engaged arts and health initiatives on ArtBridges’ radar:

L’art communautaire et la santé vont bien ensemble. L’art a un impact favorable sur la santé mentale et physique, il peut aussi renforcer la confiance. L’art communautaire améliore la qualité de vie des gens, qu’on parle de musiciens qui jouent dans les hôpitaux, d’artistes ayant des handicaps qui font des projets au sein des collectivités ou d’ateliers de peinture pour les personnes atteintes de démence. Voici un échantillon des projets alliant l’art communautaire et la santé répertoriés par ToileDesArts :
Alexander Society for Inclusive Arts [NS]

Provides integrated arts activities – storytelling, drama, music, movement, and visual arts for people with special needs in eight to ten week blocks. Other programs include Community "Jam Dances", and individual assessments and educational support for children who have learning disabilities. Read more
Artists in Healthcare, Manitoba Inc. [MB]

Established in 2001, with a vision to improve the patient, family and staff experience in healthcare through the arts, we believe that arts and music are essential for a healthy life. Our live music and art at the bedside programs are found in over 20 hospitals. […] Our musicians play for over 7,000 patients every month, in intensive care, chemotherapy, palliative care, geriatric rehabilitation, dialysis, psych health; throughout hospital units, and waiting areas. Read more
MoMo Mixed Ability [AB]

MoMo brings together professional and prospective artists, with and without disability to explore movement, voice, theatre, dance, and improvisational disciplines. Artists of all abilities, skills and levels are supported and challenged in the practice, creation and performance of distinctive works of dance theatre that reflect our unique community and its individuals. Read more
Realwheels [BC]

A vital facet of Realwheels’ programming is community engagement, through which we nurture and develop emerging artists with disabilities. Since 2011, our Wheel Voices projects have provided meaningful experiences to members of the disability community who are eager for significant engagement in the performing arts. Read more
H’art Centre [ON]

H'art School, our core program, helps adults with intellectual disabilities reach their highest potential through education and the arts. The organization also provides the following programs: THE BOX - an outreach program that offers a fully accessible and affordable performing arts space for individuals, groups and organizations experiencing exclusion from the arts, and Able Artist - an ongoing series of talks, workshops and performances by professional artists with disabilities and leaders in the inclusive arts field from across Canada. Read more
Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts [AB]

Artists who dedicate themselves to their creative development participate in group and solo exhibitions at the Stollery Gallery, sell their work online and in our gallery shop and participate in external exhibitions and sales. Through involvement at the Nina, artists have also received public art commissions and fees. Adults with developmental disabilities can focus in a serious way on the creation of art and their own development as artists. Read more
BluePrintforLife [Arctic and Across Canada]

BluePrintForLife runs “Social Work Through Hiphop” programs in remote Inuit and First Nations Communities throughout Canada. They specialize in working with youth who have experienced complex trauma and communities that may be struggling with issues such as suicide. They have also designed an intergenerational healing programing around the effects of residential schools, partnering with Pauktuutit (National Inuit Women of Canada). Recently they created a new national non-profit called BluePrint Pathways and were awarded $500,000.00 to expand their youth corrections programing across Canada. Currently a 3-year research project on dance and traditional culture for healing is being conducted in these facilities and it is expected to be the largest such study of its kind in the world. Read more
Projet RAD [QC]

Projet RAD est un organisme qui offre aux personnes ayant différents handicaps des cours et ateliers de danse urbaine dans un environnement inclusif, chaleureux, sécuritaire et adapté à leurs besoins. Accompagnées par des professeurs spécialisés, elles peuvent ainsi partager le plaisir de danser avec un groupe et s’épanouir sur scène. Lire la suite.
Veith Street Gallery Studio Associations [NS]

Now located at INSIGHT GALLERY, Veith Street Gallery Studio Association provides artists who are facing challenges, barriers to success, or mental illness and disability a space to receive educational workshops, create art works, collaborate and take part in art shows and markets, and show and sell their works. Our art studio is always open to the artists of Creative Spirit East. Read more
Myths and Mirrors [ON]

Myths and Mirrors helps to build community and give people a voice through collaborative art making, story sharing and infusing art into our everyday lives. Through waiting room workshops we engage the clients of the Corner Clinic in responsive and playful ways. We explore issues that are important to those who frequent this vital community health centre through various visual art media. Often we just create, talk about life, sharing time and space together. Read more
Alzheimer Society of Toronto [ON]

Here is a sampling of programming in Ontario: Do you like to sing? Then join us for our 10-week choir for individuals in the early stages of dementia and family caregivers. Enjoy the benefits of music - and have fun! No singing experience is necessary. […] Creativity in Caregiving: This interactive workshop teaches caregivers how to incorporate drama, art, and imagination into their relationships with family members who have dementia. Read more
Spiral Garden at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital [ON]

Spiral Garden is an integrated outdoor, art, garden and play program that takes place in the scenic, approximately 1.5 acre garden site at Holland Bloorview. Participants are free to explore the garden, playing and creating in paint, clay, story, puppetry, dress-up, music, woodworking, cooking and garden activities. Since 1984, Spiral Garden has been bringing participants with and without special needs together to foster an inclusive community that values the whole person, promotes self and group expression and builds a fun and hands-on relationship with nature and art. Main Communities served: Children, Youth, Aged 6-21. Read more
Paint A Smile [ON]

Paint A Smile provides art workshops for young people in the community that are going through times of difficulty. Through these workshops, kids access a creative outlet that lets them explore their dreams. Paint A Smile allows young people through art, to be confident and unleash their creativity. Read more
Sarasvàti Productions; Project: Mental Health is Everyone's Health [ON]

This new community-based project has had Sarasvàti’s artists team up with Artists in Health Care, Red Threads Playback Theatre and the Selkirk Mental Health Centre as well as working with multiple community organizations such as the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society. […] Join us for a staged reading of the resulting play based on stories from the community. What are the challenges for those with a mental health diagnosis and what is needed to support recovery? Follow five characters as their stories weave in and out to depict experiences with the system, community response, internal struggles and ultimately the desire for understanding. Provide your feedback and responses as part of the development of this important script. Read more
Additional Resources / Ressources additionnelles
8 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Art and Disability
Canadian Art | Canada wide | 2016
Leah Sandals

Eliza Chandler in conversation with Canadian Art; a list of eight key things to know about art, disability, and accessibility. Also includes some information about contemporary Canadian artists working in the field. This article is available through Canadian Art online.

Huit choses que tout le monde devrait savoir à propos de l’art et des handicaps
Interviewée par Canadian Art, Eliza Chandler, directrice artistique de Tangled Art + Disability, présente huit choses importantes que tout le monde devrait savoir à propos de l’art, des handicaps et de l’accessibilité. L’article de Leah Sandals donne aussi de l’information sur des artistes canadiens actuels qui œuvrent dans ce domaine. (En anglais seulement)
Arts Health Network Canada

Find out more about arts and health via the Arts Health Network Canada.

Pour en savoir plus sur l'art et la santé, consultez le site de l'Arts Health Network Canada.
This summary was compiled by Sonya Young, ArtBridges Outreach Coordinator. To learn more or let us know about a community-engaged arts and health initiative that you know aboutreach Sonya at

Cet aperçu a été compilé par Sonya Young, l’agente de liaison communautaire de ToileDesArts. Pour en savoir plus ou pour nous informer d’autres projets d’art communautaire reliés à la santé, communiquez avec elle :
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