Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) is a collaboration between the local arts community and GASHA Public Health, which began at the Sustainable Antigonish (SA) Roundtable in January 2013. There was recognition by those at the table of a need to acknowledge, value and respect the immense contribution of the cultural sector to community vitality, vibrancy and health. Afterwards, several champions of health care and the arts came together to establish a working group, leading to an inspiring new community partnership – AHA!
The mission of AHA! is to foster creative expression for community health.
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Play to Be Well – A Story of Art and Health in Antigonish
Play to be Well was created by filmmaker, Corinne Dunphy and the Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) steering team, to celebrate the relationship between creativity and well being in the local context. This was filmed in June 2014 and shows glimpses of the arts-health connection in Antigonish during that time. Music for the video was created by local musician, Mary Beth Carty.
Play Along – AHA! Friends
Arts Health Antigonish is excited to announce the release of a music video for Play Along, written by AHA! with Mary Beth Carty. Fiddler Donald MacLennan and electronic musician Benedict Lafford arranged the song. Live recording sessions were captured by film-maker Corinne Dunphy. We are pleased to acknowledge the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage!