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<p>AHS Expressive Arts helps clients explore art therapy</p>

August 25, 2015

No experience needed to take part in 10-week program that starts in September

MEDICINE HAT — People living with a chronic illness or disability who want to explore different forms of artistic expression are invited to join Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) community art program, which begins here next month.

Expressive Arts, offered by AHS Therapeutic Recreation, is a 10-week program that provides a creative outlet for individuals who might not feel comfortable enrolling in a regular art class or community program.

No previous art experience is necessary; budding artists will learn how to use acrylic and watercolour paints, as well as fabric, paper, canvas and more. Experienced art volunteers are available to help teach specific art techniques. The fee to participate in the 10-week program is $30 (or $3 per class), which covers the cost of materials.

Participants can be referred by a physician, health-care provider or can self-refer. Each person will undergo a recreation therapy assessment to ensure suitability, including the following criteria:

Interest in art and building leisure skills;

Workshops will be held on 10 consecutive Tuesday mornings, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., starting Sept. 22, at the Esplanade in the Discovery Centre (2nd floor), 401 1st St. SE. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible by calling Lanna Herter at 403-548-5016 or Belinda Hurlbert at 403-878-7498.

By joining, individuals can experience improved quality of life, build confidence and feelings of self-worth as well as develop important leisure and social skills, which are critical to overall health and well-being.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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