Authored by: WAG Staff on January 7, 2019
More and more, experts are recognizing the connection between art and health. Seeing, experiencing, and socializing with a gallery or museum have been shown to ease anxiety, loneliness, and provide pleasure. The WAG is expanding our wellness programming just in time for the new year, so it’s the perfect time for you to explore how you can enhance your 2019 with the benefits of art.
A new series of art talks and hands-on workshops are made possible by the University of Winnipeg and the H. Sanford Riley Fellowship in Canadian History:
• Feb 1, 6:30-9pm • The Life of Beads: Workshop by master beader Jennine Krauchi, with a talk on the history of local beading by Dr. Maureen Matthews.
• Mar 23, 1-3pm • The Joy of Clay: Workshop led by artist and educator KC Adams.
• Mar 31, 1-3pm • The Green Thread—Medicine Circles and Planting as Therapy: Workshop with expert Cheryl Cohan.
Entry is free, but space is limited. These dates are now sold out! Watch for more opportunities at wag.ca/aib
The workshops are presented as part of the lead-up to Art in Bloom 2019, happening April 11-14 at the WAG. This festival celebrating spring, art, and creative community promotes the health and wellness benefits of art and flowers.
Presented by Petals West, Art in Bloom sees the galleries taken over by a lush exhibit of floral designs and the art that inspires them. Professional and non-professional florists will interpret 15th to 21st-century works from the WAG collection. You can now sign up to be one of this year’s community interpreters, using flowers to interpret a piece of art from the WAG collection. Email Eleni Wener for details.
Curated by Jaimie Isaac, Taking Care is an interdisciplinary group exhibition focusing on health and wellness, food sovereignty, mental health, alternative medicines, and plant knowledge in North America from divergent contemporary voices. Watch for more details on this 2019 exhibition.
All of the above builds on the WAG’s ongoing wellness programs, such as Art to Inspire, designed to creatively engage those living with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia with visual art (you can now register for our next session, which begins in March); or Rooftop Yoga, returning to the WAG summer 2019. And this is just some of what's coming up! Stay tuned for more Wellness@WAG programs announced in 2019.
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