British Columbia Initiatives

The City of Richmond’s Arts Services section, Vancouver Coastal Health - Richmond Public Health, and General Currie School (SD-38) formed a partnership to pilot an arts outreach program. Through the existing Richmond Arts Centre’s ARTS Truck initiative, children at General Currie School are engaged in arts activities with the goal of supporting their emotional and physical well-being. Richmond Arts Centre ARTS Truck provides art education in traditional and unconventional mediums (i.e. theatre, dance, paint), led by a professional trained artist/skilled instructor.

The Arts & Health Project is a working collaboration of seniors and professional artists, who together develop an arts practice that focuses on the creative expression of ideas and issues that are important to them. The project provides a forum for expression and communication, exploration and imagination, which in turn fosters a sense of well-being and belonging.

The Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) sponsored Arts, Humanities and Social Science in Medicine (AHSSM) Education Interest Group (EIG) was introduced to support networking and information sharing among those engaged in arts-based, humanities and social sciences-based teaching in medical and health professional education.

The Artworks Studio is part of the Kelowna Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association's (CMHA Kelowna) complement of wellness programs. It is designed to support mental health recovery by providing a safe space for art to be an avenue for self-expression. The ArtWorks studio is open 4 hours per day, 3 days per week and is located in the Wellness Development Centre of CMHA Kelowna. The ArtWorks Studio program offers open studio time, art classes, group art projects, art-focused outings, and special events.

The Artworks Studio is located at G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, which is British Columbia's largest rehabilitation hospital, providing treatment to registered clients between 14-65 years with a traumatic physical disability or chronic health condition.  Purpose: Staff of the artworks studio provide education and support to clients, helping them attain their rehabilitation goals, gain confidence, acquire new skills and increase confidence and quality of life upon discharge home and re-integration into the community.

ArtWorks/PhotoClub is a client-driven program developed over several years with support from professional local artists and photographers. Offered in groups, this initiative is designed to develop skills and self-confidence of people who have survived acquired brain injuries. This is a program that started with a concept of using colouring books in a support group. It has evolved into a sustainable program resulting in the acquisition of new skills and self-confidence in a safe, comfortable environment.