Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) is a collaboration between the local arts community and GASHA Public Health, which began at the Sustainable Antigonish (SA) Roundtable in January 2013. To take advantage of this opportunity students will need to be enrolled in the Associate Degree in Health and Community Care After completing Foundations of Arts and Health, the opportunity exists to undertake further units within the Associate Degree in Health and Community Care.
There are a number of other art groups in communities across Canada that provide safe places for individuals experiencing a shared health problem to expand their social networks, cope, receive empathetic social support, foster resilience through creative expression, and develop new skills; however, most operate on self-referral basis.
The program drew inspiration from existing arts-and-medicine initiatives at Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Miami and other institutions and has developed into a multi-modal series that integrates arts based components in museum, visual studio, movement and listening.
In August 2010, IJCAIP with Editor, Cheryl L. McLean (Publisher and Executive Editor, IJCAIP) and IJCAIP Advisory Board member and Associate Editor, Robert Kelly, University of Calgary , published the book, Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change ”, Detselig Temeron Press, Calgary, the first text in the CAIP Research Series.
Another example by Andre Smith (2014), associate professor of sociology, University of Victoria, in the book Creative Arts in Humane Medicine (McLean, 2014) explains an innovative pedagogical approach for end-of-life health care providers to help teach empathy to medical students through role play and fabric art.