AHA! http://www.artshealthantigonish.org Arts & Health Antigonish Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:06:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Research Assistant – Job Posting http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2017/06/research-assistant-job-posting/ http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2017/06/research-assistant-job-posting/#respond Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:58:27 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6101  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


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.

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Nova Scotia Centre on Aging – Creative Aging http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2017/05/nova-scotia-centre-on-aging-creative-aging/ Mon, 22 May 2017 19:37:54 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6097 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! http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2017/02/aha-celebrates-2016/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:26:01 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6087 Edit

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 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2017/01/therapeutic-touch-workshop/ Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:13:23 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6054             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:



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 __________________________________________________________


Project Sandbox December Podcast http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2016/12/project-sandbox-december-podcast/ Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:46:28 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6049 “Hello Hello! We return to outer-space for this 8th and final episode of Project Sandbox. Within the Galaxy there are billions of stars, and living on each and every one of those stars are Beings which exist only to gather information from across the universe and share it with other interstellar beings like them and also planetary life. Information is good for its own sake (it literally nourishes these Star Beings), but it can also re-direct a civilization’s trajectory in moments of crisis, so long as there are individuals who are tuned into the Star-Being’s frequency. Check this out!”


Project Sandbox was a youth podcast series from June – December 2016. Two monthly recording sessions were conducted with youth participants usually between the ages of 13 and 14 at the People’s Place Public Library in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  Brendan Ahearn conducted the sessions of Project Sandbox.

Click here to see more about Project Sandbox

NS Flag CCH LogoArts Health Antigonish (AHA!) recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia.We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

Jill Sonke Arts and Health and Dance for Life http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2016/11/jill-sonke-arts-and-health-and-dance-for-life/ Sun, 13 Nov 2016 11:57:31 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6035 St. Francis Xavier University and Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) are pleased to host guest lecturer Jill Sonke, Director of the Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida, on November 17 and 18, for a series of presentations and dialogue on campus and in the community.  Jill is an internationally recognized scholar and dynamic presenter, as well as a professional dancer. We would like to welcome the Antigonish community to two art-filled events.

Jill Sonke

Jill Sonke

The Arts and Health

Jill Sonke, Public  lecture

Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m.
Schwartz Auditorium, StFX.

Jill Sonke’s talk will recount stories of the pioneering program at University of Florida. Now 20 years old, the Center for Arts in Medicine boasts a staff of 19 professional Artists-in-Residence, 3 arts therapists, along with 120 volunteer artists, who respond to clinical referrals and run daily programs in the visual, literary, and performance arts for patients, visitors, and caregivers at two hospitals, numerous clinics, and in community settings.

Dance for Life

Dance for Life

 Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

 Immaculata Auditorium, StFX

Dance for Life will showcase the multi-cultural Antigonish Dance Community and will unfold as a dialogue on the healing power of dance. Performers will include First Nations, Antigonish Creative Dance Association, Maureen Fraser Dance Studio, L’Arche, Ecstatic Dance Community, Scotia Highland Dancers, and  StFX/Coady students and community participants representing  Ukraine, India, Pakistan, and Egypt as well as Celtic, American and Acadian cultures. After each brief dance number, the performers will speak to how dance contributes to health and well-being. Jill herself will demonstrate a dance class for people living with Parkinson’s. The evening will culminate with a One World Dance, led by Sally Clark when we will invite the audience to partner with our featured dancers.

Arts Canopy Project http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2016/10/arts-canopy-project/ Fri, 14 Oct 2016 18:38:19 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6027 Living with dementia? You’re invited to join us in Arts Canopy!

Arts Canopy will offer creative spaces to enjoy the moment and socialize with others. No arts, music or writing experience necessary! Small groups will gather with trained arts facilitators to explore music, poetry or visual arts. Caregivers are welcome to join in the fun!

Programs are beginning the week of
October 3, 2016
Registration is ongoing.
For more information on Arts Canopy and to register,

Mary Partridge, Arts Canopy
(902) 863-2578 (ext 266)

Arts Canopy Project

Arts Canopy Project

Arts Canopy Project

Arts Canopy Project

Arts Canopy Project - Brochure inside

Arts Canopy Project – Brochure inside

Public Lecture for Humanities and Health Studies Colloquia http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2016/10/public-lecture-for-humanities-and-health-studies-colloquia/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:30:36 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6022  “Surgeons and the Surgical Humanities”

 A Lecture by Dr. Francis Christian, University of Saskatchewan,
Surgical Humanities Program

Thursday, 13 October, 7:30 p.m., Schwartz 156, StFX

In the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Dr. Francis Christian is a busy surgeon and, at the same time, directs the Surgical Humanities Program.  This Surgical Humanities Program seeks to bring the arts and sciences together and achieves this by engaging surgeons, residents, and medical students in art, music, poetry, literature, philosophy, and drama.

In this lecture, to the joint Humanities and Health Studies Colloquia of St. Francis Xavier University, Dr. Christian will speak of the urgent need for a collaboration and coming together of the arts and the sciences; of his experiences attempting to make this happen in Saskatoon; and of his underlying beliefs of why such an engagement is essential for the complete education of the physician and the scientist.

Dr. Francis Christian is a practicing surgeon and a published poet and novelist.

All are welcome.


Anne Camozzi Book Launch http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2016/09/anne-camozzi-book-launch/ http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2016/09/anne-camozzi-book-launch/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:54:09 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6015 ann-camozi-book-launch

Please join local artist & author

Anne Camozzi

Friday, September 30, 2016
for the launch of her book
Galaxies: Serenity Within

People’s Place Library
Main Street, Antigonish

Special thanks to event supporters:
Antigonish Culture Alive
People’s Place Library

For more information: www.annecamozzi.com

At this time two copies of Galaxies will be donated to the Pictou-Antigonish Libraries, books will be available for sale and Anne will be signing books. All are welcome!

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Music Care Certificate Program http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2016/09/music-care-certificate-program/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:28:26 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6008 The Music Care Certificate Program is a three level training program that prepares caregivers to use music in their care practice with increased confidence and theoretical understanding. The program is suitable for allied health care providers, family and volunteer caregivers, musicians, teachers and any other community stakeholders who would like to increase their knowledge and practical applications of music in care.


Please download the brochure for details.  music-care-certificate-program-description

There are still a few spots available in Antigonish for the full day sessions on Friday and Saturday September 16-17, 2016.

For information or to book an exclusive training for your staff, contact Deb at dbartlett@room217.ca or call 905-852-2499.