Sunday, August 22, 2010

Aiding Dramatic Change in Development Workshop

Aiding Dramatic Change in Development is a non-profit organization working to empower
communities in Canada and abroad through participatory arts processes reflecting the culture, desires, and life experiences of the people in the community.
They draw heavily on Theatre of the Oppressed and Jacques LeCoq physical theatre approaches. Their approach evolved while creating the Zisize Drama Group in rural South Africa - both during rehearsals, and within a program of community-led interventions around the schools of Ingwavuma (an area with a 30+% HIV/AIDS prevalence).

Workshop description:

Day I – Playing with our perceptions of space. Learn how three elemental spaces of
performance (inner psycho-physical; concrete “real”; and outer “ethereal”) can aid community
actors explore personal and social realities. See how these principles can be used in other
contexts to create supportive environments that promote dialogue, debate and change.

Day 2 – Transforming meaning using spacial awareness and image theatre. How can
we encode emotional content contained within our minds and bodies into spacial relationships?
What new possibilities result from using space to represent cultural meaning, and how can conflict be explored more objectively using space rather than violent poses?

Workshop is relevant for:

• People interested in developing their interpersonal skills

• Those interested in experiencing a shared sense of play

• Workshop facilitators and educators

• Those developing community based research, or community development projects

• People with theatre skills wanting to work in community, social and political contexts

At the end of the workshop there will be an opportunity to reflect and unpack the exercises.
Facilitators will be available for private follow up discussions with participants after the workshop regarding their individual needs.
More Information: contact Stephen Sillett at: (or tel: 416 823 4957)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Shaping a Field, New Book Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice Features Leading Edge Research

Press Release, August 10, 2010
IJCAIP office, London, Ontario

The inaugural text in the CAIP, Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, research series,
(editor Cheryl McLean, Publisher of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, associate editor, Robert Kelly, Associate Professor, Fine Art, University of Calgary) is a project of IJCAIP, The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, and is published by Detselig Temeron Books, Calgary. The groundbreaking text introduces an emerging and rapidly growing field with a dynamic collection of illustrative articles featuring leading academics, health researchers, nurse educators, physicians, educators, environmentalists, artists and others who actively use the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice in cutting edged research and in methodologies for health, hope and change. Readers will learn how the creative arts can offer unique opportunities to embody and re-illuminate the human story, stage human vulnerability, foster citizenship and give voice to narratives of human experience.
At over 400 pages, this is a rich and multifaceted collection of articles and chapters about the creative arts in research and action, an accessible yet highly informative text that enlightens the reader about the inquiries and the processes while offering first hand insights into approaches, stories of the work in practice, how to method based exercises and lists of comprehensive references.

Here are just a few of our contributors featured in the book, "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change:

Izumi Sakamoto Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Toronto

Nancy Viva Davis Halifax, Ph.D., artist/researcher and Assistant professor, Critical Disability Studies, York University

John Sullivan, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Preventive medicine and Community Health, Public forum and Toxics Assistance, University of Texas Medical Branch

Family Social Sciences, University of Manitoba

Carolyn Garcia, PhD, MPH, RN, Assistant professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Olga Idriss Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University

Lata Pada, choreographer, Adjunct Professor, York University, Dance (Order of Canada recipient)

Johnny Saldana, playwright/actor, Professor of Theatre, School of Theatre and Film, Arizona State University

Ian Prinsloo MFA, (former AD, Theatre Calgary)

Lorna Boschman, Documentary and Media Artist, PhD (in process) Simon Fraser

George Belliveau, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

Susan K. MacRae, Registered Nurse, (former Deputy Director, University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics)

Jacqui Gingras PhD, RD, Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition, Ryerson University

Sherry Fontaine Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Healthcare Leadership, Park University

Seema Shah MD, MSPH

Kim Bullock, MD, Director of Community Health Division, Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program

John J. Guiney Yallop Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Education , Acadia University

Ardra Cole, EdD, Professor and Co-director, Centre for Arts informed Research, OISE, University of Toronto

Maura McIntyre Ed.D, Adjunct Professor, OISE, Centre for Arts informed Research, University of Toronto

Table of Contents


Inside news contributors

Visit the CAIP book blog and find out more

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Music Care Conference Features Therapeutic Uses of Music

Music Care Conference, Waterloo, Ontario

The first of its kind in Canada, this one day conference will bring together a cross section of community caregivers to provide information and inspiration on the difference the effective therapeutic use of music can make in our quality of life and well-being. The capacity to care is the thing that gives life its deepest meaning and significance and music touches every part of us: our bodies, emotions, minds, relationships and souls. The Music Care Conference is an opportunity to transform the way we care for one another in our neighborhoods.

Workshop Topics Include:

· Music, memory and cognition

· Music and dementia care

· Singing for the soul

· Music and special needs children

· Improvisation and the creative spirit

· Music and palliative care

· Drumming

· Music, grieving and loss

· The psalms of David

· Prayer, meditation and music

Presented by: the Room 217 Foundation, Baycrest, Wilfrid Laurier Faculty of Music (Laurier Centre for Music in the Community and The Laurier Centre for Music Therapy Research). Please Join Us! Visit the conference website or call 905.852.2499.