UPDATE DECEMBER 2015: Thanks to everyone who participated in the online arts & health month campaign! Here is a Storify summary of the online chatter during November 2015.
November is Arts & Health Month - an internationally recognized month to celebrate and raise awareness about arts’ contributions to health, healing and wellbeing. We want to turn up the volume on the arts & health conversation in Canada this November, and we need your help to do so! Here is what we have lined up for the month of November:
SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN! #artshealthmonth
From Nov 1 to 30, participate in the #artshealthmonth social media campaign by uploading photos/videos of Arts & Health projects to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram. Use the #artshealthmonth hashtag, and #Canada if you have room in your 140 character post, as other countries have been invited to participate too!
AHNC is pleased to be hosting the evening #hcsmca Twitter chat in November to share and discuss a few key themes in Arts & Health. Colleagues around the globe are welcome to join too! Mark your calendars for Wednesday Nov 25 at 6:00 PM PT, 9:00 ET. For more information visit: https://cyhealthcommunications.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/what-is-arts-health/
How to take part in the #hcsmca Twitterchat:
1. Get a Twitter account.
2. Go to twubs.com or tweetchat.com.
3. Enter the #hcsmca in the box that says “Enter a hashtag” and press Enter.
4. Sign in to participate in the chat. (Note the hashtag #hcsmca will automatically be added to your tweets).
5. Review our topic & questions (coming soon)
6. Be online at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT)
MAPPING ARTS & HEALTH ACROSS CANADA!
Arts Health Network Canada is pleased to present a digital map of Arts & Health initiatives in Canada. Check it out! If your arts & health initiative, organization or research project is not yet on the map, send a short description & web link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTS & HEALTH MINI-DOC DEBUT!
In partnership with AHNC’s founding community partner, Arts Health BC, Arts Health Network Canada is pleased to unveil this mini documentary exploring arts & health in the province of BC. This video project is a follow-up to the “On The Map: Arts & Health in BC” project conducted by Arts Health BC in 2014/2015. The full version of the mini-doc is now available on the AHNC site.
Help us help you! Send us info about any local “Arts & Health” events in November (or any month) to add to the AHNC website calendar. We are here to promote & share the good work being done across Canada. Send event info to email@example.com
ARTS & HEALTH INFOGRAPHIC!
ARTS & HEALTH MONTH - BACKGROUND
November Arts & Health Month was originally launched by the Global Alliance for Arts & Health/Society for the Arts in Healthcare in the United States as an opportunity for organizations and individuals worldwide to promote the integration of the arts—including literary, performing, and visual arts and design—into a wide variety of healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, and expressive purposes.
In 2015, Arts & Health leaders from around the world agreed to continue promoting Arts & Health Month in November as a time to host awareness-raising events, heighten media attention, celebrate the positive impact the arts can have on health, well-being & health-service delivery and encourage more people to engage with the arts, for the health of it!