B.C. Artists in Healthcare Society is a 100% volunteer-based organization and all our programs are free. Our Board of Directors is elected annually.
1. take pART in ART: HOSPICE PROGRAMS
We offer ongoing and annual ArtCare training workshops for regional hospice volunteers. Our ArtCare program was first introduced at Crossroads Inlet Centre Hospice, Port Moody, BC in January, 2004. It continues to thrive under the leadership of artists-in-residence Christine Graf and Anna Berger.
2. take pART in ART: Patient-Directed COMMUNITY EVENTS
Community ArtCare events raise awareness of the value and importance of the arts in healthcare. These events invite the public to participate in projects designed and directed by chemotherapy patients, cancer survivors and artist volunteers. In celebration of Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics, participants in our
Color through Chemo project received “Spirit of Artcare” gold medals and produced The Hope and Cope Coloring Book.
B.C. Artists in Healthcare Society
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
The Society for Arts in Healthcare International Conference (thesah.org)
Edmonton, Alberta (2005)
PRESENTATION: Six Simple Steps towards Successful, Sustainable, Volunteer-based ArtCare programs by Linda Thiessen
At this conference, B.C. Artists in Healthcare Society received a Blair Sadler International Healing Arts Award of Excellence for Dragonflies of Hope, a project inspired by Crossroads Inlet Centre Hospice patient, Vera Dufault. Our project is featured in the inspiring book Transforming the Healthcare Experience through the Arts by Blair L. Sadler and Annette Ridenour. (U.S.: Aesthetics, Inc., 2009) Available through www.amazon.ca
Nashville, Tennessee (2007)
PRESENTATION: Books and Bandanas: Community ArtCare Projects by Linda Thiessen and Cheryl Stirling (for full story click on Community Artcare)