Mississauga Arts Council’s (MAC) Virtual Arts for Mental Health Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Highlighting the successful research of programs in Britain, Australia, and Denmark, MAC aims to provide evidence-based research to conference attendees that would lead to a pilot arts for mental health program in the Peel Region. This virtual event will have engaging video content and information presentations, and will encourage networking, discussion, and questions.
Jodi, how can you get involved?
1) Tell us about your experience or interest in prescribing creative experiences to patients
We want to capture your knowledge and experience! Complete the short survey below assessing your patients’ needs and questions you have about incorporating arts programs and creative experiences into your practice!
2) Create a video testimonial or share research
MAC is working with leaders in the arts and mental health sectors to combine the latest research with program data and participant stories. We will be producing short videos and interactive media presentations to show during the conference highlighting the impactful work and programs that local artists, medical professionals, and communities are already engaged in.
If you are interested in providing video or media content for the Arts for Mental Health Conference, please email Susan Durnin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dr. Colin Saldanha describes the positive outcomes in mental health he has seen in his patients after participating in creative experiences. (Image from of Art of Wellness documentary)
Dr. Ranjith Ratnasingam, found of SnapMED, describes the benefits of the arts as non-pharmacological treatments for his patients. (Image from of Art of Wellness documentary)
The conference content will be divided into three multi-media acts:
Act 1: Examining the Benefits – Program Report Videos
To determine the value of creative experiences that improve mental health for a diverse range of citizens.
Act 2: The Physiology of Creativity – Medical Insights
To demonstrate the physiological impact the arts have on mental health and how medical practitioners can take advantage of the array of benefits across artistic practices.
Act 3: The Triple Bottom Line – Economic Impact
The research demonstrates that there are many benefits to the arts on health, but in fact there is a triple bottom line to an arts for mental health program. Health benefits to participants, economic stimulation by paying artists for program delivery, and cost savings to the health care system with a healthier population.
Art of Wellness by Susan Ksiezopolski
(Video link: LINK)
Celebrating our milestone 40th anniversary this year, The Mississauga Arts Council is a registered charity, dedicated to accelerating progress toward the attainment of our Vision of Mississauga, as a vibrant cultural community where arts and culture thrive!