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Dance for Life 2

Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) & Heritage Association of Antigonish (HAA) Present

The second annual multicultural Dance for Life! event will be held Saturday, November 25, at 7pm in Immaculata Auditorium on the StFX University campus.  The evening will begin with a healing ceremony in which we will renew our commitment to Peace and Friendship between the M’ikmaq and our ever-expanding multicultural community. This will be followed by an evening of traditional and modern dance performances featuring our many cultures, closing with a One World Dance led by our Coady participants 

As a very special follow-up, dancer and choreographer Liliona Quarmyne will holding an Art & Activism workshop on Sunday, November 26 at 2pm, also in Immaculata Auditorium, featuring her vital work in Ghana

Dance for Life Poster

Video clips from Dance for Life, 2016

The Saturday evening program will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a healing ceremony of  Re-Commitment to Peace and Friendship.

Renewal Commitment to Peace and Friendship

I/we commit to creating a new understanding and awareness between and amongst First Nations and non-Indigenous people of all cultures. Many generations before us have passed on without reconciling the past. Now, we as the children of those ancestors who signed the Peace and Friendship Treaties (Mi’kmaq, Malisset, Passamaquoddy and non-Indigenous) accept the unique role, responsibility and opportunity to re-establish peaceful relationships with one another so that the atrocities of the past will not be repeated, overtly or covertly.

I/We commit to healing the wounds of our shared history by entering into Nation-to-Nation dialogue. We will hold to the highest standard those who currently and/or one day will create policy — social, political, educational, judicial, environmental, and economic, encompassing all aspects of healthcare, arts, culture and heritage — to ensure that no cultural group will be left out of policy development and discussions at any level.

We invite you to sign the Commitment to Peace and Friendship by adding your name and any comment in the comment box below.

 

 

 

 

 

Position Title: Musical Pathways Program Facilitator

Position Summary: We are seeking a musician to facilitate after school programs with youth in both Inverness and Richmond Counties during the 2017-2018 school year, 2-3 afternoons each week at each site. We hope to improve learning outcomes, communication skills and socialization through engagement with musical programming.  This position is supported by Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!), in partnership with the Department of Education, the Strait Regional School Board and Schools Plus.

Major Responsibilities and Commitments:

  • Create and implement an after school music program (of any form – instrumental, song writing, singing…), using music as a tool to improve learning outcomes, social skills and communication skills for small groups of youth, aged 8 – 13 years.
  • Liaise with School Administration, Schools Plus staff and teaching staff to identify learning outcomes to be addressed
  • Report regularly to AHA! and the Department of Education
  • Assist with evaluation of the program as requested by the NS Health Research Foundation
  • Available 3-5 days/week for 1-1.5 hours after school during the 2017-2018 school year. Other hours will be required, but can be at applicant’s convenience. This position supports up to 20 hours/week, divided between Inverness and Richmond Counties. These positions could be separated into two positions or treated as one.

Requirements:

  • Trained musician
  • Ability to articulate the health-related benefits of engagement with music
  • Experience in counseling, social work, community services or a similar field will be considered an asset
  • Experience working with groups of children from diverse backgrounds, having unique individual needs
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and reflections of practice and to submit records in a timely manner to supervisors and funders
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Responsibility and accountability for actions and decisions
  • Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registration Check required prior to beginning employment
  • Access to reliable transportation

Email letter of interest, resume and contact information for two references to: artshealthantigonish@gmail.com

This position will remain open until a suitable applicant is found.

 

 

 

Job Posting Richmond County – Musical Pathways Program Facilitator

Position Title: Musical Pathways Program Facilitator

Position Summary: We are seeking a musician to facilitate after school programs with youth in Richmond County during the 2017-2018 school year, 2-3 afternoons each week. Through engagement with music, we hope to improve learning outcomes, communication skills and socialization.  This position is supported by Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!), in partnership with the Department of Education, the Strait Regional School Board and Schools Plus.

Major Responsibilities and Commitments:

  • Create and implement an after school music program (of any form – instrumental, song writing, singing…), using music as a tool to improve learning outcomes, social skills and communication skills
  • Liaise with School Administration, Schools Plus staff and teaching staff to identify learning outcomes to be addressed
  • Report regularly to AHA! and the Department of Education
  • Assist with evaluation of the program as requested by the NS Health Research Foundation
  • Available 3 days/week for 1 hour after school during the 2017-2018 school year. Other hours will be required, but can be at applicant’s convenience. This position supports up to 8 hours/week.

Requirements:

  • Trained musician
  • Experience working with children experience working with children from diverse backgrounds having unique individual needs
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and reflections of practice and to submit records in a timely manner to supervisors and funders
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Responsibility and accountability for actions and decisions
  • Ability to articulate the health-related benefits of engagement with music
  • Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registration Check required prior to beginning employment
  • Access to reliable transportation

Please email letter of interest, resume and contact information for two references to: artshealthantigonish@gmail.com by 5 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017. (deadline extended!)

 

 

 

 

 

Job Posting Inverness – Musical Pathways Program Facilitator

Position Title: Musical Pathways Program Facilitator

Position Summary: We are seeking a musician to facilitate after school programs with youth in Inverness County during the 2017-2018 school year, 2-3 afternoons each week. Through engagement with music, we hope to improve learning outcomes, communication skills and socialization.  This position is supported by Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!), in partnership with the Department of Education, the Strait Regional School Board and Schools Plus.

Major Responsibilities and Commitments:

  • Create and implement an after school music program (of any form – instrumental, song writing, singing…), using music as a tool to improve learning outcomes, social skills and communication skills
  • Liaise with School Administration, Schools Plus staff and teaching staff to identify learning outcomes to be addressed
  • Report regularly to AHA! and the Department of Education
  • Assist with evaluation of the program as requested by the NS Health Research Foundation
  • Available 3 days/week for 1.5 hours after school during the 2017-2018 school year. Other hours will be required, but can be at applicant’s convenience. This position supports up to 12 hours/week.

Requirements:

  • Trained musician
  • Experience working with children from diverse backgrounds having unique individual needs
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and reflections of practice and to submit records in a timely manner to supervisors and funders
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Responsibility and accountability for actions and decisions
  • Ability to articulate the health-related benefits of engagement with music
  • Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registration Check required prior to beginning employment
  • Access to reliable transportation

Email letter of interest, resume and contact information for two references to: artshealthantigonish@gmail.com

This position will remain open until a suitable applicant is found.

 

 

 

Arts Canopy Project Update

Arts Canopy

Since October of 2016, Arts Canopy has been providing arts based programming in music, visual arts, dance/movement, and poetry for people with dementia. It addresses the mental wellbeing of this growing population by providing meaningful ways for them to remain active, to retain their dignity, to encourage social engagement, to discover other ways of remembering, along with offering opportunities for creative expression. A team of professional artists and therapeutic artists from the local area facilitate Arts Canopy programming and offer creative spaces to enjoy the moment with others. Programs run once a week for ten weeks.

Arts Canopy is funded through a Positive Aging grant from NS Department of Seniors, the RK Foundation and a private donation. In the fall, another set of programs will begin. Location and registration details will be made available through the website.

Mental Health First Aid for Seniors Training

The Mental Health First Aid for Seniors

 

Date:  Wednesday & Thursday, September 13 & 14, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day
Location:  Future Inn – Maple Room, 30 Fairfax Drive, Halifax, NS
Course fee: $200.00 per person + 15% HST = $230.00 TOTAL

Registration is now open at http://arpeggio.anchor87.com and will remain open until one week before the session.

Information Package  (click to download PDF)

Research Assistant – Job Posting

 St FX

 

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 Arts Health Antigonish!

Research Assistant

St. Francis Xavier University, in partnership with Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) is seeking a Research Assistant to support a project exploring the relationship between community-based arts and health initiatives and the social determinants of health (SDH). This position is for 35 hours/week for 5 weeks during June through August. Distribution of hours during that time -period is flexible.

Position Summary

The primary responsibilities of the Research Assistant are to:

  • Complete a literature review of research exploring the relationship of community-based arts programming to social determinants of health
  • Liaise with project partners to establish scope of review
  • Compile values mapping data and existing evaluation findings from AHA! to identify the nature of data available to use for mapping
  • Map known outcomes onto the Public Health Agency of Canada Health Equity Tool.
  • Assist project team in identifying research gaps and opportunities
  • Compile summary report

Requirements

The position requires the following skills and experience:

  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree
  • Research experience related to evaluation of community health initiatives
  • Understanding of the value of arts to health and well-being
  • Familiarity with the social determinants of health
  • Experience completing literature reviews
  • Ability to work independently and be accountable for project tasks and meeting deadlines
  • Strong organization and oral and written communication skills
  • Creative and innovative thinker

Applicants should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three references to:

Ann Fox, (afox@stfx.ca) Department of Human Nutrition St. Francis Xavier University

Review of applications will begin on June 12 and will continue until the position is filled.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  StFX respects diversity and welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities and members of a sexual minority group.

Nova Scotia Centre on Aging – Creative Aging

Nova Scotia Centre on Aging – Creative Aging

25th Anniversary
Our Future is Aging: Community Outreach Series

Creative Aging

Speakers: AHA! Artists

Discussion about the various ways the arts can support positive aging

Thursday, May 25.  7 – 8:30PM
Antigonish Town and County Library, The People’s Place

All welcome. Free. Light refreshments provided.

NS Centre on Aging

AHA! Celebrates 2016!

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Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) enjoyed another remarkable year of exploring the arts-health relationship through projects, workshops, guest speakers and performances. In 2016, we employed 12 artists in part time work and for the third year in a row, brought close to $100,000 in funding to the local arts community.

See the full report at http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/about-aha/aha-celebrates-2016/

Therapeutic Touch Workshop

            Therapeutic Touch Workshop  Level One

Krieger Kunz Method

Pre-requisite:  None

Contents of Workshop:

Level 1 teaches how to do a Therapeutic Touch Treatment using the following steps:  centering, assessment, clearing the human energy field, grounding and ending treatments.  The emphasis will be on learning the basic treatment process and practicing.  The goal is to be able to do a competent basic treatment before leaving the class.  Background information about Therapeutic Touch, eg. History and the science behind will be interspersed during the day.  Therapeutic Touch can be used for healing oneself as well as others.

Download Poster PDF Healing Arts 2017 level 1 poster

Workshop Leader: Cherry Whitaker is recognized by the Atlantic Therapeutic Touch Network as both a practitioner and teacher.

Location: Antigonish, RK MacDonald Nursing Home

Date:  February 24th,25th 2017  

Time: Friday evening  6:30 pm to 9:30 pm  and Saturday 9 to 4:30 pm

  • please wear comfortable clothing!!!  Beverages and snacks available in the venue

Fee:  $90.00  PRE REGISTERED      ($105.00 onsite registration)

For further information call :  Cherry Whitaker, (902) 925-2042 whitaker@ns.sympatico.ca

To register forward cheque made out to Cherry Whitaker,  1049 Lime Rock Rd., Salt Springs N.S. BOK 1P0

Please include the following information along with your cheque:

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Therapeutic Touch – Level 1

February 24, 25 2017

RK MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish

Name:______________________________               Telephone: __________________

(as you want it to appear on your certificate)

Address: ___________________________         Postal Code:__________________

E-Mail address __________________________________________________________