2019

Being an Artist Means Health Risks—And Better Care Is Needed

Being an Artist Means Health Risks—And Better Care Is Needed

by Culture Days

From repetitive motion injuries to PTSD, artists are subject to different health risks than the general public. Here’s what needs to be done about it. WORDS: LEAH SANDALS It was a story that made international headlines. A Toronto artist, Gillian Genser, spent more than a decade working on a sculpture made of blue mussel shells….

Living Solo / Being Social – Social Aspects of Arts Participation

Living Solo / Being Social – Social Aspects of Arts Participation

by Culture Days

WORDS: Frédéric Julien, Director of Research and Development, CAPACOA More and more Canadians are living alone. In 2016, for the first time, one-person households became the most common type of household in Canada, surpassing couples with children. Should this be seen as a concern or as an opportunity for performing arts organizations, whose offering is essentially a…

Building Mental Health Through Art

Building Mental Health Through Art

by Culture Days

Working with art can help us find community, express emotions, and develop resilience WORDS: LEAH SANDALS When teens walk through the doors of iHuman Youth Society, they find 20,000 square feet of creative space. There’s a visual arts studio with ventilated spray-paint booth. There’s audio gear for mixing beats. There’s a fashion studio with sergers…

When Art is the Best Medicine

When Art is the Best Medicine

by Culture Days

With artists sketching at hospital bedsides and doctors writing prescriptions for museum visits, links are growing between arts and medicine sectors in Canada WORDS: LEAH SANDALS Imagine being sung to before surgery. Picture weavings in a medical procedure room. Visualize a painter’s canvas and palette next to a hospital bed. In different parts of Canada,…