British Columbia Initiatives

The Breastfeeding Art Expo is a three-year arts & health project hosted by Kelowna Community Resources, Interior Health &  a 10-member Steering Committee, that celebrates and supports breastfeeding. The project will involve artists and community members from across the Interior Health region who will work as a team to explore the topic of breastfeeding, through art.  Breastfeeding has important medical, social, economic and environmental benefits.

Health Arts Society brings classical performers to Residential Programs through monthly concerts.

Building Capacity in our Children, created by Liz McKenna, is an Art Therapy program organized through the Canadian Mental Health Association (Delta) in collaboration with the Delta School District and as an after school program. This program uses a group art therapy process developed for use with children who are having difficulty functioning in their Grade because of developmental, cognitive, linguistic, behavioural, emotional or social issues. It is easily adapted for the general populations of children. The learning modules work for an open, mixed group of children.

What started as an “Arts & Health” initiative, and has continued as the ABCD (Arts Based Community Development) project, includes many ‘micro-projects’ (or micro-engagements) including art programs with Stroke Recovery Association, Head Injury Support Group, John Howard Society, Family Services and others, as well as a Music Therapy Program at the local hospital and various senior homes.

The Art in Hospital initiative is working to have art become an integral part of the Campbell River Hospital. The idea is to have local art become part of the healing process. Local groups will be providing art and design motifs. Partners in the Art in the Hospital Initiative include Family Services, Head Injury Support Group, Carihi, the Art Gallery, local elementary schools and hospital staff.  Purpose: We aim to have staff, visitors and patients all sense that they are part of the larger community when working in, visiting or recovering within the hospital.

The Music Therapy program at Capilano University offers the final three years of training that lead to completion of a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree.  The degree program is designed so that students may enter third year with a variety of backgrounds: music, general arts, education, psychology, or another clinical field, etc.