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Creating a Healthy Practice

Professional development for visual artists

 
Artists’ Health Centre Foundation (AHCF)
In partnership with:
Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY),
Canadian Artists' Representation / le Front des artistes canadiens Ontario (CARFAC Ontario), Ontario Crafts Council (OCC)


Welcoming remarks by Tamara Steinberg, Community Arts Officer
Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

With presenters:
Ted Rickard, Studio Health & Safety Specialist
Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua, Naturopathic Doctor
Karen Bowes-Sewell, Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
 
Saturday September 26, 2009

Toronto Western Hospital Auditorium
2nd floor, West Wing
399 Bathurst Street, Toronto ON
 
AHCF, AFCY, CARFAC Ontario and OCC are pleased to offer a professional development day for visual artists and educators during TAC’s Fall Focus on the Arts! Participants from diverse practices will explore a holistic approach to self-care strategies, and discover steps to creating safe and healthy workspaces. The agenda will begin with Ted Rickard focusing on tips to protect against harmful chemical exposure and product handling, followed by naturopathic support options with Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua, a CARFAC information session, and an introduction to The Feldenkrais Method®, a gentle approach to pain-free movement, with Karen Bowes-Sewell.
 
This event is intended for visual arts professionals, educators, craft artists and health care practitioners with an interest in the subject. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided, along with an opportunity to tour the Artists’ Health Centre, a one-of-a-kind facility offering specialized care for professional performing and creative artists. For your comfort, this is a scent-free workshop. Please refrain from wearing any perfume, cologne, aftershave or scented products. Thank you.
 
Ted Rickard MLS, MEd, CRSP, was the Manager of Health & Safety at Ontario College of Art & Design from1988-2007. While at OCAD Ted’s educational mandate reached all aspects of health and safety within the College including teaching students, faculty and staff. A leading expert in this field, Ted has advised on health and safety issues for many individuals, institutions and organizations including Art Gallery of Ontario’s Conservation Department, Art Hazards Resource Association and Toronto School of Art.
 
Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua HBSc, ND, PhD (cand.), is a licensed naturopathic doctor and the Clinic Director of the Liberty Clinic in downtown Toronto. He is the first naturopathic doctor to practice at the Toronto Western Hospital as well as the Artists’ Health Centre. An avid public speaker, Dr.JJ has given presentations to pharmacists, medical professionals, government, academics, artists and musicians, students, teachers and the general public.
 
Karen Bowes-Sewell is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, member of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America and a guest practitioner at Pivot Sport Medicine and Orthopedics and the Feldenkrais Centre in Toronto. She is an associate professor in Dance at York University, a graduate of the National Ballet School and former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada.  Her research focuses on issues of teaching and learning, with an emphasis on non-traditional methods of learning.
 
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Workshop fee: $40 / Students & Seniors: $30
 
To register please contact Iona Frost at:
 
Phone: 416.351.0239
Emailinfo@ahcf.ca
Or visit www.ahcf.ca fill out and mail in the registration form with your cheque.
 
Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Artists’ Health Centre Foundation (AHCF) was founded in 1997 by a group of artists and community leaders committed to promoting the well being of professional creative and performing artists. In addition to providing leadership and support for programs and services at the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, co-founded in 2002 in partnership with the Toronto Western Hospital, the organization provides education, advocacy, outreach and prevention services and resources to professional artists and students and staff in professional post secondary arts training programs.
http://www.ahcf.ca/index.shtml

Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY) engages young people living in priority neighborhoods in high quality and accessible arts educational programming that is meaningful, relevant and collaboratively developed with community and education partners. AFCY positions arts programs in schools and neighborhood venues as a means to build community, and empower marginalized children and youth to reach their full potential through the arts and social contributions.
http://www.afcy.ca/

Canadian Artists' Representation / le Front des artistes canadiens Ontario (CARFAC Ontario) is the association of professional visual and media artists. Founded in 1968, CARFAC has worked for 40 years on the legal and economic issues facing visual artists. We believe that artists, like professionals in other fields, should be paid for their work and share equitably in profits from their art practice. The work of CARFAC Ontario is to develop policies, publications and services that assist artists, galleries, curators, art patrons, and other stakeholders in creating an economic climate that benefits all visual artists.
http://www.carfacontario.ca/index.html

Ontario Crafts Council (OCC) is a dynamic, member-based, not-for-profit arts service organization, and exists to significantly grow recognition and appreciation of craft and craftspeople by building a strong, talented, distinctive craft community and acting as an advocate on its behalf.
http://www.craft.on.ca/

The Artists’ Health Centre Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Arts for Children and Youth gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.  The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.