Upcoming Events

re/collect * re/mix * re/imagine : a symposium on arts-wellness-community

art created by benjamin lee hicks.

May 10 – 12, 2023

The FLOURISH Collective is looking forward to hosting our community partners, faculty, and students who are working in the area of arts-wellness-community for our year-end event.

Join us online on May 12, 2023 at 1:00 pm for discussion on arts* wellness* community*: prescriptions, provocations, and possibilities (more information below).

May 12, 2023
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

arts* wellness* community*: prescriptions, provocations, and possibilities

A public discussion hosted by the FLOURISH Collective, part of the re/collect * re/mix * re/imagine : a symposium on arts-wellness-community

Join us for a pertinent and dynamic panel discussion on prescriptions, provocations, and possibilities in the arts-wellness-community space. Our panel of practitioners will share their unique and thoughtful ideas on this field and think through the future of its genealogies as it pertains to equity, multiculturalism, neoliberalism, and resistance. How do we account for equity work in the arts-wellness-community space? How can we resist the forces of neoliberal multiculturalism and other (influencers) in the national and global context? What does the future look like for Arts-Wellness-Community?

Panelists include established, emergent, and early career scholars

  • Paul Crawford, The University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
  • Obidi Ezezika, University of Western Ontario (Canada)
  • Rachael Jacobs, Western Sydney University (Australia)
  • Natalie Leduc, University of Toronto Scarborough (Canada)
  • Kate Mulligan, Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing (Canada)
  • Gloria Umogbai, University of Toronto Scarborough (Canada)

Moderated by Dirk J. Rodricks

Past Events

April 19, 2023

Under Pressure: Exploring Modes of Change through Theatre and Drama

A public lecture by Dr. Claire Hooker (Sydney Health Ethics, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Australia)

Good collegial communication and professional workplace behaviour are crucial for patient safety and for the wellbeing of clinicians. Unfortunately healthcare workers often experience workplaces defined by pressures that are inimical to relational collegiality or patient care. In this presentation, Dr. Hooker will discuss her use of applied theatre to respond to these issues, the result of a critical dialogical approach to interdisciplinary collaboration. Together, they designed ‘Grace Under Pressure’ acting skills workshops for medical students and junior doctors, derived from Boalian techniques. The workshops were distinctive in the context of medical education because they avoided role play and used non didactic, embodied practices to strengthen participants’ ethical professionalism. In the presentation, she will describe the workshops and provide an overview of their theoretical foundations, discussing their conceptualisation of how embodied practice can develop deep moral learning as a source of change and a foundation for professionalism education

February 13, 2023

Our Students Are Dying: Touring the University Abyss

A public lecture by FLOURISH Scholar-Artist-Activist in Residence Dr. Mimi Khúc

Our students are dying. This is a reality many of us, including students themselves, have not been able
to face. We have not been able to look directly at the mental health crisis happening beneath the
veneer of our beautiful universities — a crisis the pandemic has only exacerbated. Dr. Mimi Khúc invite us to confront this crisis together, sharing what she has learned from students during her mental health
tour across the U.S over the past six years.

November 4, 2022

Mad art and Justice : exploring « Does That Make Me Crazy? »

The workshop will explore a new work by Dr. Syrus Marcus Ware — Does That Make Me Crazy? — a performance work combining theatre dance and song to explore abolition, Mad liberation and mixed race families.

September 30, 2022

Practicing the Future: A Reflection on Speculative Fiction Artworks and the Uprisings of 2020

A lecture on arts, wellness, and community with FLOURISH Scholar-Artist-Activist in Residence Dr. Syrus Marcus Ware.

The FLOURISH Collective is supported in part by funding from the New Frontiers in Research Fund,
the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the University of Toronto Connaught Fund