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Art Can Kill You: Health and Safety Workshop

The Centre for Creative Communications, Centennial College
and the Scarborough Arts Council Present:

Art Can Kill You: Health and Safety Issues for Artists

Want to have a long and vital career in art? Visual artists and craftspeople work with a wide variety of materials and processes, many of which can be harmful to their health over a long career. Learn about safe professional practices, risk management and alternative non-toxic materials at the Art Can Kill You workshop.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: The Centre for Creative Communications
951 Carlaw Ave., Toronto
Room 297

Registration fee is regular $10, students or seniors $7.
An SAC membership may be purchased for only $10 at the workshop.
Please call Alissa at 416-698-7322 to register. Space is limited.

Ted Rickard, Mimi Gellman and Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua will combine their expertise to deliver an up-to-date, practical workshop designed to help artists develop safe and healthy professional practices. It will focus on awareness of hazardous materials in artists' studios, strategies for exposure reduction, and risk management in art practice. Relevant material will be covered through audiovisual presentations and audience participation with the presenters.

About the Speakers:

Ted Rickard, MLS, MEd, CRSP, is Manager of Health and Safety at the Ontario College of Art & Design. His keen interest in the health and safety hazards of the arts and crafts led him to compile significant data on many of the specific hazards of particular processes and materials. He is considered to be one of the top experts in his field in Canada.

Mimi Gellman is a Toronto-based visual artist, arts educator and curator, specializing in architectural glass and conceptual mixed media installation. She is best known for her public artworks, which can be found in the Rogers Stadium, Price Waterhouse Headquarters and General Foods Corporation, among others. Her ardent interest in safe studio practices for artists has evolved from her personal experience with chemical and environmental sensitivities resulting from exposures within her particular artistic discipline.

Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua, BSc, ND, is a naturopathic doctor with the Artist's Health Centre. Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua, or Dr. JJ as he is affectionately known, is the Director of the Truestar Health and Wellness Clinic, an integrated multi-disciplinary clinic in uptown Toronto and is the first Naturopathic Doctor to practice at the Artist Health Center (AHC), a multi-disciplinary integrated clinic treating professional artists at Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. JJ is beginning a Masters degree in Pharmacy Science and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).

Imagination Management is a professional development workshop series for artists, co-sponsored by the Scarborough Arts Council and The Centre for Creative Communications, Centennial College.

For your comfort, this is a scent-free workshop. Please refrain from wearing any perfume, cologne, aftershave, or scented products. Thank you.

Media contact, or for more information:

Alissa Von Bargen
Communications Coordinator, Scarborough Arts Council
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