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Truth and Reconciliation 101 Film and Education Resources

A year-long journey of cross-cultural community-building and truth and reconciliation led to our creating and performing 1784: Un-Settling Antigonish. Our community theatre production—rather, pilgrimage—performed by a cast of 30 spanning all ages, ethnicities, and levels of experience, has taught us our shared history.

Truth and Reconciliation 101 - scene from 1784: (Un) Settling Antigonish

Truth and Reconciliation 101 – scene from 1784: (Un) Settling Antigonish

Now, we’re seeking your support to make an educational film that we can share with educators, community development workers, and all those excited about bridge-building through speaking truth to history.

Arts Health Antigonish launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the ground breaking educational resource, a documentary film and instructional guide, Truth and Reconciliation 101, based on the past year’s theatrical musical pilgrimage to 1784: (Un)Settling Antigonish.

This resource will challenge learners to look history in the face and acknowledge that the Canadian residential schools, the NS School for Coloured Children, and the realities of cultural genocide have a long history beginning in the 18th and 19th century.  It serves as a first response to Recommendation #62 of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Report.

Check out the Indiegogo campaign and read more about this initiative.  Click on the Galleries and Updates tabs to see short clips and more photos from 1784.

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We hope you will give your support for this ground breaking Truth and Reconciliation resource for educators and learners in school and community settings.


Play Along with AHA!

Arts Health Antigonish hosted its first fundraiser on Saturday, November 14, 2015. We had a lot of fun and many laughs as we welcomed community members and played together, enjoying music, painting, words, wire sculptures, photography, storytelling and creating a garden for the RK. Many, many thanks to facilitators John Graham-Pole, Anne Simpson, Noella Murphy, Kim Wempe, Mary Partridge, Jeremy Holmes, Rosemary Curry, Maureen St. Clair, Angus MacCaull, Janette Fecteau, Brendan Ahern,  Celeigh Barber Russell, Rachel Power and Peter Jowett.  Sincere thanks to Judy Jowett for preparing food and drink for us all and our heartfelt thanks to Faye and Paula from Scotiabank for looking after the door and colouring book sales.

AHA! is a non-profit that recognizes and fosters the interplay between creativity and wellness. It promotes education through the arts as a way to health and it assists young artists (in all the arts) in furthering their potential.  AHA! celebrates Arts Health Month each November. As one of its founding members, Dr. John Graham-Pole, points out: “Art taps, for each of us, whatever our circumstances, a deep well of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It is indispensable to our lives, and to our total health.”

AHA! is most grateful to all those who have supported our work financially, at the fundraiser, through purchasing our colouring book and through private donations. Proceeds from the fundraising will go towards arts health programming in the community, building on previous initiatives for elders and youth, like Thundertales, a storytelling program through the arts for children at Paqtnkek and Antigonish, and The Eldertree Project, which involved the gathering of stories and songs from elders in the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home and Highland-Crest Home. AHA! has also supported a music therapist who became established in a position at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital and in community high schools. Currently, AHA! is supporting a year-long pilot program in expressive arts therapy in the hospital and community.

Charitable receipts are available for donations made to AHA! though St Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation.  http://smrhfoundation.com/donate/  Donations can also be made through Anne Marie MacKenzie at the Chamber of Commerce office.

Please come and…… Play Along with AHA!

November is Arts-Health Month, so please come and……
Play Along with AHA!

Saturday, November 14, 2-5 pm
St. James United Church Hall, Main St. Antigonish

Arts Health Antigonish is excited to be hosting its first fundraiser on Saturday, November 14. We’d love for you to come along and discover what we do! Please join us for an afternoon of fun and laughter as you enjoy music, visual art, improv, writing, and storytelling ‘play dates’ with friends of AHA!, John Graham-Pole, Noella Murphy, Kim Wempe, Mary Partridge, Jeremy Holmes, Rosemary Curry, Maureen St. Clair, Angus MacCaull, Janette Fecteau, Brendan Ahern, Andrew Murray, Celeigh Barber Russell, Rachel Power, Anne Simpson, Peter Jowett and Kimberley Williams.

We will also have available, Colouring Antigonish, our first adult colouring book, with submissions by local artists.

Bring your friends! The afternoon is designed for adults, but will be fun for all ages.   We do hope you can join us!

Admission will be by donation at the door. Charitable receipts from St Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation are available for cheque and credit card donations. Monies raised will go towards continuing AHA! programming with elders in the community.

See you there…………

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Play Along with AHA! poster

Inviting local artists to our colouring book


Arts Health Antigonish! (AHA!) is excited to be inviting submissions from local artists to participate in our debut colouring book. This will be a fundraising project for AHA!, with the hopes of engaging the community in participatory art, while at the same time supporting our diverse and varied programming (see the AHA! website, artshealthantigonish.org for more details on what we do). We would love for you to be part of this fun project!

If you are interested, please submit your black and white drawing on 8 1/2×11 inch paper to Noella Murphy (Contact: noella.murphy@gmail.com) or drop it off at the Pachamama counter before the end of day, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. All submitted drawings will be considered for inclusion in the project; an AHA! panel will be deciding the final content.

If you’d like to, please sign your drawing and write a short bio for us, to include a couple of sentences about how the arts contribute to your personal health. Although this isn’t essential, we feel it will greatly enrich the project.

Please include a signed waiver (see below), indicating your permission to use your drawing in this manner. Indicate on your submission if you’d like the original drawing returned.

Many thanks for your support for the work of AHA! in this manner. We hope you are as excited as we are about this delightful project.


the AHA! team


I, ____________________, give my permission to Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) to use my original drawing as submitted, in the creation of a colouring book, for the purpose of raising funds for AHA!

Signed, _______________________

Date: _______________________

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