AHA! http://www.artshealthantigonish.org Arts & Health Antigonish Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:07:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Job Posting Richmond County – Musical Pathways Program Facilitator http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2017/07/job-posting-richmond-county-musical-pathways-program-facilitator/ Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:39:20 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6159 Position Summary: Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!), in partnership with the Department of Education, the Strait Regional School Board and Schools Plus, is 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.

Major Responsibilities:

  • 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

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

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

Many thanks for your interest in working with AHA!

 

 

 

 

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Job Posting Inverness – Musical Pathways Program Facilitator http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2017/07/job-posting-inverness-musical-pathways-program-facilitator/ Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:28:32 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6155 Position Summary: Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!), in partnership with the Department of Education, the Strait Regional School Board and Schools Plus, is seeking a musician to facilitate after school programs with youth in Inverness 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.

Major Responsibilities:

  • 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

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 5 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017. (deadline extended).

Many thanks for your interest in working with AHA!

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Arts Canopy Project Update http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2017/07/arts-canopy-project-update/ Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:55:06 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6153 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.

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Mental Health First Aid for Seniors Training http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2017/07/mental-health-first-aid-for-seniors-training/ Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:25:53 +0000 http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/?p=6142 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)

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Research Assistant – Job Posting http://www.artshealthantigonish.org/2017/06/research-assistant-job-posting/ 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

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.

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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

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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/

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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:

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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 __________________________________________________________

 

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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!”

https://soundcloud.com/user-782903752/connor

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.

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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.

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