Ontario Initiatives

With the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Royal Conservatory’s Living Through the Arts Program has initiated the ARTS-REHAB Project: a multi-year initiative that examines how meaningful engagement in a creative arts program can assist rehab patients to re-enter their communities sooner and more positively than under standard treatment regimes. 

The ArtsHealth North Residency program was initiated in 2010 as part of the Ontario Arts Council's Artists in Residence (Health) pilot program. This initiative supports artist residencies in health care settings, connecting wellness and creativity.

Artswell was founded in Ottawa in 2003 by Mary Pfaff. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and well-being of individuals living with the effects of age, illness or injury. Artswell's broader goal is to empower individuals and communities through exposure to, and engagement in, the arts. Artswell offers customized creative, interactive art programs, workshops and projects facilitated by professional artists and Art Therapists for persons living with chronic illness or special needs in a variety of health care and community settings.

Baycrest is very proud to host the Artist in Residence program which integrates professional artists of different mediums into our clinical programs, educational initiatives and across the Baycrest community. The goal of this program is to help encourage and discover the unique story of each person we serve and to humanize the health care environment through the universal language of art.

Baycrest is an academic health sciences center focused on aging, affiliated with the University of Toronto. Baycrest serves approximately 2,500 people a day through in-patient and out-patient clinics. Through research and education, Baycrest seeks to improve the health of tomorrow's elderly, while caring for and enhancing the quality of life of today's elderly.

In June 2014, three artists from Dance Exchange spent a week at Baycrest getting the campus dancing.