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Arts for Mental Health Award 2022

Sponsored by Bell Canada, this award recognizes the work of individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to arts for mental
health initiatives and is presented at MAC’s gala fundraiser for the arts, the MACsquerade Ball,
returning this year on December 1st, 2022 at Le Treport

Arts + Mental Conference

October 6 2021, 1 – 5pm EDT

Mississauga Arts Council in partnership with Mass Culture presented the Arts for Mental Health Conference, bringing together thought leaders from the arts and medical fields to map a way forward for the integration of the arts into mental health practices.

A4MH Full Conference Video
A4MH Conference Highlights
A4MH Doctor Focus Group

About the Arts for Mental Health Conference

The Mississauga Arts Council in partnership with Mass Culture presented our virtual Arts for Mental Health Conference on October 6, 2021. This timely conference brought together artists, medical practitioners, and policy makers to demonstrate the impact and benefits the arts have on the mental well-being of individuals, with the goal being a pilot arts for mental health program in the Peel region.

Arts for Mental Health Resources

MAC looked into studies on the impact of arts on overall health and wellness. The startling healthcare benefits cited by provincial, national, and international reports, studies, and surveys guided our approach to the conference.

The Arts + Mental Health Datathon was a three-day event, running from September 7-9, 2021. Research, resources, and projects that pertain to arts and mental health were collected in order to create a central repository available to artists, health care providers, and the public on the benefits of arts and health.

Arts for Health News

On February 9, 2022, The Honourable Patricia Bovey (F.R.S.A., Senator) asked a question to Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, (P.C., M.P., Minister of Health) during the Senate Debate. Senator Bovey has been a long advocate of leveraging the impact of the benefit arts and culture have on health.

Art therapy offers an alternative to medication for depression and anxiety

Whether it's music, clay or painting, research has shown that experiencing art makes us feel better.…

Mississauga Arts Council announces the winner of the Arts for Mental Health Award

Mississauga, ON – October 27, 2022 Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is pleased to announce the winner …

The Ozerdinc Grimes Family Therapeutic Recreation and Creative Arts Program

Learn about the Perley Health long term care home's Therapeutic Recreation and Creative Arts Program…

Want to know more?

Contact us to learn more about the conference and how you can get involved. This is the start of a movement to bring the arts and health sectors together, and we look forward to your participation.