Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Why Art? Why Now?

Thurs, 19 Nov 2020 10:00 AM -11:15 AM | Thu, 26 Nov 2020 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Tickets: Free


When: November 19, 2020 | 10-11:15 AM & November 26, 2020 | 2-3:15 PM

Where: Online

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

Why Art? Why Now? These questions have only become more pertinent as we navigate the many inequities and crises facing our society. We remain optimistic about the potential for arts and culture to help, both in healing longstanding wounds and in building an equitable future. How can we use art, culture and creativity to shape a better world?
Co-presented with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, Why Art? Why Now? is a pair of online conversations between artists and experts to untangle how we as artists can best unlock our potential to revitalize and rebuild. We invite you to hold space for, and participate in, these conversations. These conversations are free, and include ASL interpretation. Please see below for more information on these discussions, and to register today.

The Arts and Mental Health | November 19, 2020 | 10-11:15 AM | Free

Over the last decade, there’s been a boom in research on the links between mental health and the arts. In the UK, for example, one report revealed that after engaging in the arts, 77% people in underserved communities in London ate more healthily and engaged in more physical activity, and 82% enjoyed greater well-being. While these numbers remain compelling case-makers, it’s also important to familiarize ourselves with local stories about the connections between art and mental health in our own communities. Join Jan (JD) Derbyshire and Lisa Brown November 19 for this conversation.

Creating a Culture of Well-Being | November 26, 2020 | 2-3:15 PM | Free

What would it mean to inhabit a culture of well-being and health? What roles might art play in creating and nourishing that culture? On both sides of the US-Canada border, unequal access to food, shelter, and safety affect people’s health. But our well-being is also challenged by a pervasive sense that some cultures are better than others, some voices more welcome than others, and some communities more dispensable, treated as collateral environmental damage. Since time immemorial, artists have created healing dances, chants, images, and stories to align spirit and desire with wellness. Today, cultural interventions to improve personal and social health are becoming commonplace.

In this session, Judith and Arlene will explore how artists are making work that advances well-being. Some address conditions that cause illness. Some expand our understanding of well-being and awareness of the rights of the vulnerable. Some focus on arts-based treatment to overcome illness. Join us to envision a culture of health and consider how artists can be key to bringing that vision to life.

We acknowledge that this event take place on the Traditional Coast Salish Lands including the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations. Viewers may be watching from other territories. 


Tickets: Free


When: November 19, 2020 | 10-11:15 AM & November 26, 2020 | 2-3:15 PM

Where: Online

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

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