Arts & Health Symposium BC, Canada


June 8 – 10, 2006
Pre-conference Workshops: Thursday, June 8, 2006

Artists Alive! Gala Performance Saturday Evening, June 10 @ 8pm

Downtown Historic Nelson, BC

Venues include Capital Theatre, Hume Hotel, Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College, and Kutenai Art Therapy Institute

Bringing together representatives from arts and health fields to share information about existing research and collaborative models.

It is becoming widely accepted that arts and culture can make significant contributions to the health of the individual and the community.

Research has shown that the inclusion of the arts reduces the cost to health care.

The symposium will include keynote speakers, panels, presentations and experiential workshops focused on the development of arts initiatives in the health field geared towards small towns and rural communities.

Topics will cover current research, models and practical applications, which can be used with individuals from childhood through senior years.

Hosted by

in partnership with
Nelson First Health Co-op &

and with support from

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Dr. Gabor Mate, M.D.

    Bestselling author of “When the Body Says No”, and
    “Scattered Minds”, speaks on the Relationship between the Mind and the Body with regards to illness and emotional health and the importance of creative self-expression.

  • Dr. Arthur Frank

    Author of “Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine and How to
    Live”, and professor of Sociology at the University of Calgary speaks on Lifting Desperate Hearts: Five Dramas of Illness.

  • Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos, PhD, PT, LPAT, ATR-BC

    Pediatric physical therapist, licensed art therapist, and founder and executive director of OFFCenter Community arts Project, a non-profit arts organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico speaks on Constructing Creative Communities: Art, History and Science of Community Art Therapy.

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