Author(s): Nyla Comeau
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Art as Medicine: Utilizing Creative Arts and the Medicine Wheel as a Tool to Wellness comprised of a six-week workshop with focus on self-love, self-worth, and self-esteem from an Indigenous perspective; self-worth being derived from a place of wholeness and one’s inherent value rather than a measure of perfection and success. The workshop was designed to introduce the Medicine Wheel symbol, each quadrant of health, and to interweave art, psychology and Indigenous philosophy while incorporating an anti-oppressive, two-eyed seeing, arts-based experience for those living with and managing mental illness.

The artists also get a chance to participate in various art activities where they can explore different art modalities. In addition, each artist has the opportunity to share their art amongst the fellow artists at Artbeat Studio, where they can discuss their art in a positive way amongst each other. At the end of each residency Artbeat Residency Program hosts an art exhibit open to community to showcase each artists talent.

See the final project here: Art is Medicine

Grant: Community-Driven Solutions to Poverty: Challenges and Possibilities - 2020-2027
Category: Education, Training, and Capacity Building