AHA! has two great November playshops lined up for you on the last weekend of the month:
Friday, Nov. 29, 6-8: Holiday Baking with 4th year StFX students and staff (at least one student is a pastry chef!): $10 at the door – you’ll be taking home your goodies! Please preregister as numbers are limited.
Saturday, Nov 30: Imagine all the Stories! With story facilitator Susan Walsh, Creating stories with people living with dementia can be great fun! Learn how Susan does it…….preregistration not necessary.
Tuesday, November 6th Storytelling: Compassionate Listening, Compassionate Sharing Maureen St. Clair
Maureen will guide participants in developing a deeper understanding of compassionate listening and story sharing as a tool and skill for building relations and cultures of peace. Come share, write, dance, listen, and embody your own and other’s personal stories!
Maureen St. Clair is an artist, peace educator, activist and writer. She holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education with a focus on women’s self and community empowerment. Born and raised in Canada, with Grenadian citizenship, Maureen has lived in Grenada, West Indies for over 20 years with Grenadian partner and daughter, Theo and Maya. Maureen is known throughout the Caribbean and internationally for her vibrant, multi-racial, women-positive paintings inspired by her work with women and youth. While in Nova Scotia, Canada, Maureen is an Associate of Coady International Institute where she facilitates programs in community peacebuilding, global youth and community leadership. Maureen won the Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature and the Atlantic Writers Festival with her novel, Big Island, Small published by Fernwood Publishing and released spring 2018.
Tuesday, November 13 Songwriting: Word Power in Song Kim Wempe
Join Kim in collaborative songwriting to know the power of words in song. Through the use of ‘free writing’, participants will collaborate in groups to create songs, then share the experience. If you play an instrument, please bring it! However, you don’t need to play an instrument or consider yourself ‘musical’ to attend this workshop.
Hope to see you there!
Kim Wempe uses her past experience as a touring musician and her current experience as a nursing student at St.FX to combine art and health through songwriting as an outlet workshops that address mental wellness, coping, and social inclusion. Kim has worked with youth and music in a variety of school settings since February 2016 thanks to the support and funding from Arts Health Antigonish and SchoolsPlus-Antigonish. She also teaches private voice and guitar lessons, as well as continues to play shows as a singer-songwriter. Currently, Kim is completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a final clinical in Youth Health Centres.
Tuesday, November 20 Dancing and Dreaming with Fingerpaints Nancy Turniawan
Do you remember those first mud puddles you stuck your fingers in? The wet sand? Did you get to paint your whole hand green… maybe even up to your elbow? Did those first paintings adorn the walls or fridge with your name and age in bold letters? When was the last time that you created with your fingers? Nancy will nurture participants into focusing on the joy of letting our fingers ‘dance’ across the page. Red? Yellow? Blue? Which colour will you choose first?
Supplies: Please bring scissors and rags
Nancy describes herself as a mosaic artist, clay sculptor, photographer, and mixed media artist. She draws on her creative energy by immersing herself in the natural world and regarding everything with awe. Nancy is drawn to the texture, rhythm and light in nature. She can express this beauty, and find healing and balance in her life, through the creative process of art making. In her 31 years of teaching Art in public schools at all grade levels, Nancy has always integrated Arts into every subject, school life, and within the arts community.
Tuesday, November 27 Laughter is the Best Medicine! Laura Teasdale
Everybody knows that laughter feels good. But did you know it is a great workout for your muscles and releases lots of stress relieving hormones? It even has the power to fight illness. The good news is, there are simple ways to bring more laughter into our lives so we can take advantage of all the rewards laughter brings.
In this workshop, Laura will fill us in on the science of laughter therapy and its benefits. Then we’ll play some simple games that begin as exercises, but end in genuine laughter. Laura will leave us with some techniques to bring laughter into our lives everyday.
Laura Teasdale is an actor, singer, playwright and teacher. She spent twenty four years living in Quebec, but recently returned home to her beloved Antigonish. She hasn’t regretted it for a minute. You may have seen her this summer at Festival Antigonish in Lunenberg, Burnin’ Love or in her own show Being Hank & Patsy. She was probably laughing when you saw her. Laura has always been very active and dedicated to community groups. Most of her plays involve local history. As part of her Performing Arts degree, Laura learned all about comedy, from the ancient Greeks on down to clowns and British Farces. She is a long time member of a comedy improv troupe and a clown troupe. She studied with the great Canadian Laughologist, Albert Nerenberg. But she also learned that the funniest moments are the ones we share among family and friends.
“Art has the power to inspire, the power to heal, the power to transform, to rehabilitate, to bear witness, and to make us believe that there are better days ahead.”
Michaelle Jean, former Governor General of Canada