Arts Health News

Posted: Mar 12 2017 - 12:00pm

Dr. Kathleen M. Pike is Director of the Global Mental Health Program and is Associate Director of the Health and Aging Policy Fellowship Program at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. She is also Supervising Psychologist in the Eating Disorders Program at NYSPI. Dr Pike has provided consultation on mental health policy to Japanese Parliamentary Representatives. Dr. Pike has conducted pioneering work in the area of women’s health with a particular focus on risk factors for eating disorders, and she developed a widely-disseminated treatment program for anorexia nervosa that has demonstrated effectiveness in multiple clinical studies.


Posted: Mar 11 2017 - 12:00pm

Every week, three young artists go room to room in a Winnipeg hospital, trying to coax seniors into picking up paint brushes — in some cases, for the first time in 60 years.

"We set up a table in the dining room where the residents live and then we just go to everyone's rooms and get them out of bed or just get them to come sit with us and then we try to trick them into making art," said Toby Gillies.

Gillies is an artist, and four years ago, he applied for a grant to teach art to seniors at the Misericordia Health Centre.

"That's usually how it starts. It's like, 'Just come sit with us, listen to some music,' and then, 'Hey, you're here. Why don't you just try this?'" said Gillies. "Sometimes they love it, sometimes they prefer to just sit with us, but at least they gave it a try."


Posted: Mar 10 2017 - 12:00pm

n a Wednesday afternoon at Beaumont hospital in Royal Oak, on the outskirts of Detroit, a blind 25-year-old man with autism plays piano near the hospital entrance. Doctors, patients, nurses and families crowd around Lance Vardon, who is seated at a grand piano playing Bach’s Prelude in C Major.

Three days a week, the same group gathers around the grand piano during their lunch hour. Vardon launches into Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing with his music therapist Lisa Barnett, who has worked with the young man for 16 years. Seated together at the grand piano, Vardon plays one hand of keys and Barnett, who sings, plays the other. The small crowd soon doubles in size.


Posted: Mar 9 2017 - 12:00pm

For many of us, art can be a powerful form of expression. For children facing trauma or abuse, art therapy can be a normalising experience and a game-changer.

Two advertising executives from Brisbane have taken hold of this premise to create 'Monster Crayons', a project that hopes to deliver a continuous income to national counselling and therapy service, Act for Kids.


Posted: Mar 8 2017 - 12:00pm

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is spearheading a process to identify creative aging priorities. After an initial session last fall, a roundtable discussion was held Tuesday to outline a plan and create a set of next steps.

Nancy Angus, the facilitator of the roundtable, explained creative aging as an “opportunity to look at using arts or something creative in order to age better.”

The idea of creative aging is a relatively new concept that has been adopted globally and nationally. Numerous communities across the country have formed creative aging networks.