Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) hosted a community celebration March 23 at the Clare Marie Auditorium titled Exploring Arts and Health Through Words and Music.
The event offered a little something for everyone including images, stories and songs and was promoted as a presentation that would “tell the story of how the arts have become intertwined with every aspect of our personal and communal health.”
“People seemed to have enjoyed it very much,” AHA!’s John Graham-Pole said at the conclusion of the evening event.
“I think we had people interacting a little bit and that’s always good … we don’t like to just talk.”
He talked about the variety of entertainment and activity packed into the event.
“Of course it’s nice to mix the media a little bit,” he said. “And in a way that people understand this isn’t just about pictures on the wall.”
Graham-Pole noted the evening served as a little bit of an awareness event for AHA! and their goals as well.
“As far as tonight is concerned we just like to let people know what’s going on with arts and health in this community, what the background to it is and why we think it’s important,” he said.
“Coming out of health care myself (retired pediatric oncologist), I realized some years back how important this is. We need the combination of art and science and that, I hope, we’re showing.”
For more on AHA!, interested persons can check out their website at artshealthantigonish.org and their Facebook page.