Arts on Prescription: Improving health and wellbeing through arts participation

Tue, October 06, 2020

Recent research has shown that arts participation lead to a wide range of improvements in physical and mental health, including improved cognitive functions, reduced instances of depression, and better management of chronic pain, just to name a few. A 2019 evidence review by the World Health Organization Europe, mapping global research and case studies, found that arts play a significant role in health promotion and management and has the potential to “address complex challenges for which there are no current healthcare solutions.” 

Across Ontario, healthcare providers and arts organizations are taking intersectoral action. In this virtual event, you will:

  •  Learn from both sectors on what prompted them to collaborate, and how they are co-designing innovative programs to improve health and wellbeing with focus on equity and inclusion. 
  • Have the opportunity to participate in a virtual dance experience.
  • Be provided with practical advice and resources to begin or deepen cross-sectoral engagement in your own setting.


  • Art Gallery of Ontario | Melissa Smith, Assistant Curator, Community Programs, Public Programming & Learning 
  • Canada National Ballet School | Megan Ferris, Community Dance Faculty 
  • CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre | Rebecca Barnstaple, Dance Therapy-Based Program
  • North York Family Health Team | Sabrina La Tona, Clinical Social Worker
  • South Riverdale Community Health Centre | Surkhab Peerzada, Regional Manager, Chronic Disease

To register, please click here