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May 30, 2024

2024 Arts & Health Showcase

Celebrate with us as our annual Arts & Health Showcase returns with all its offerings!

We’re very excited to bring back our showcase performances in the theatre along with our gallery exhibition, lunch celebration, and afternoon workshops all on Friday, May 31st, at the Roundhouse.


This year, we are bringing back a selection of free workshops by our projects’ lead artists. Participating in a workshop is optional and welcomes any current participant or guest to join in an artist-led session and try out one of the following art disciplines:

Improv Theatre with Jeff Gladstone

Using paired and group exercises, explore the basic ideas of improv theatre. Jump in, participate and have some fun! No experience required.

Oil Pastel Image Transfer with Keely O’Brien 

Try out a fun printmaking technique called oil pastel image transfer. Work with fellow participants to make an artwork together. No experience necessary.

Story Jam with Jim Sands & Kevin Li

Are you ready for something different? This experimental workshop will provide a fun and experiential introduction to the world of storytelling. Through a series of exercises we’ll learn what makes a good story and how to develop your story idea. Everybody is welcome.

To all Arts & Health participants and other guests, workshop registration will be available during lunch on the day of the showcase. For more information: info@artsandhealth.ca

January 20, 2024

Some highlights from 2023

While the 2023 season may have come to a close, it is important to look back on the amazing projects and groups that met throughout the fall. After a stunning (and in person!) showcase in June, see more here, we had 4 fantastic groups meeting at sites across the city.

At the Roundhouse Sound and Song with Leah Abramson returned to in person and moved on to a focus on song writing where each participant not only learned about the mechanics of songs, chords, and writing lyrics, but also supported each other in the process of crafting their own individual songs.

Over at Ray Cam, Jim Sands continued to lead his group in their story sharing circle with impressive community building and attendance. Featured in the Heart of the City Festival, this group opened up their doors to people of all ages, and welcomed special guest storyteller Wong Wing-Siu to share a family story and led the group to an intimate conversation of love and family.

At Strathcona, Moving Stories with Veronica Berezowsky also made the transition from virtual programming in collaboration with UBC Learning Exchange back to in person at the Strathcona Community Centre and found a new audience and inspiration within the Tai Chi community at Strathcona.

Creativity for Connection with Keely O’Brien at Carnegie continues to be held via conference calls and continues to produce incredible works of art. This December the group made a collective holiday card (see below) and in the new year they started with an in-person Dim Sum lunch to all meet in person, put a face to the voices of the class that they have come to know over the years and share some of their incredible art works with each other.

Stay tuned for updates on 2024 programming, new sites and projects, and join us for our 18th Showcase on May 31st 2024 at the Roundhouse!

September 26, 2023

EXTENDED: Call for Indigenous Artist- Mount Pleasant Community Centre

Arts & Health, in partnership with Mount Pleasant Community Centre, seeks an Indigenous artist interested in facilitating community-engaged arts practices with seniors and Indigenous Elders. For full details or to apply, download the application: Arts & Health Call for Indigenous Artist Fall 2023 Mount Pleasant

Applications deadline has been extended to October 1st, 2023. Please reach out with any questions.

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