Arts in health programs are gaining increasing recognition in Canada as a valuable tool for promoting mental health, well-being, and overall quality of life. Studies have shown that engaging in creative activities can reduce stress, alleviate anxiety and depression, and improve cognitive function and social connectedness.
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Hey there! My Spring and Summer workshops are all wrapped up and Fall 2023 is here! As I showcase some of the work by our amazing participants, let’s dive into what Arts in Health (AIH) is all about.
AIH is nothing like your typical art class. It’s not about creating picture-perfect masterpieces; it’s about the process itself. AIH teaches us to be in the moment while we create. It’s like a breather for our minds and a way to heal our hearts.
What you can’t see in these photos is me talking to the participants–before they begin, as they work and when they are done. This is what you would hear:
When you start doubting your abilities, or criticizing your end product, remember that we are here to focus on the process, on the experience and to enjoy the act of creation for its own sake. Your creations might not match conventional standards– that’s okay! Making “beautiful art” is not the point! The point is the journey. Think of the challenges you overcame, the solutions you found, and the growth you experienced.
Think about how making this art influenced your mood. Remember the quiet moments, the clarity in your thoughts, and the calm that washed over you while you were lost in creating. AIH isn’t just about what ends up on the canvas – it’s about how you felt during the whole process. Enjoy the process!
These pictures show more than just art; they document moments of participants feeling better. They stand for the magic that happens when the act of art-making itself was the goal, when creating became healing, boosting emotional well-being and mental health.
If you’re inspired by what you’ve seen and would like to bring this type of arts-for-wellness program experience to your community or your workplace, I invite you to reach out. I have some availability for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons, and I’d be delighted to collaborate with you in creating a space for well-being and creativity. Contact me to book your spot and embark on a journey of artistic self-discovery and improved well-being.