Event offered in English with Closed Captioning via Zoom.

Creative engagement is crucial for humanizing the care of vulnerable populations. Public Health, much broader than clinical care, requires organized efforts of society, combining programs, services and policies. 

Both Public Health and Radical Connections make equitable access a priority - to healthcare and to participation in the Arts. Sharing research and networks, opening pathways to a growing community of practice, our public-health activism cultivates understanding across silos. Systems of care and creativity can thrive reciprocally. 

Join five presenters, from Arts and Medicine, for Radical Connections’ interactive launch, and your place in co-creating a sustainable vision; employing artists and fortifying the lives of elders and caregivers. 

The event is presented as part of the Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa Symposium: Blueprints for a hopeful future, with pop-up community arts events happening online and across Ottawa August 3 – 29, 2021. For more information, click here.  

Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa is a community-engaged arts program by Arts Network Ottawa / Réseau des arts d'Ottawa and is made possible through the generous financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ottawa Community Foundation

Original print used in graphic by Melanie Yugo (Possible Worlds). 

Arts Network Ottawa acknowledges that the land on which we gather is unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory.

About the Artists

cj fleury:

Formed initially through movement and performance, interdisciplinary artist cj fleury is deeply interested in human spirit and   strategies to support the dynamics of diverse communities and aha-moments.  Researcher, mentor, maker, cj works at the intersection of placemaking, collaboration and systems change.  Investigating the potential of art in contemporary society, her approach to engagement, belonging and agency, honed through 20 public commissions and a range of innovative art actions, has seen her embedded in communities of labour, feminist: law, arts-education, and important social issues.  You may know her work through the Women’s Monument Against Violence (Minto Park), the Dorothy O’Connell Ani-Poverty Activists Monument(City Hall), or 15 granite, bronze and stainless-steel pieces (Little Italy).  As Artist in Residence at Bruyère and co-founder of Radical Connections, she works to break through silos and bring artists of all disciplines into the lives of people impacted by aging and changes in their health.


Dr. Carol Wiebe

As a family physician, chamber musician, and former hospital executive, Dr Carol Wiebe uses her broad training and experience as well as ingrained collaborative skills to design opportunities and spaces where people can find meaning and heal. Carol studied music performance (piano, flute) before becoming a family physician. When her medical career shifted from HIV primary care to elder care in hospital and long-term care, she led clinical and informatics initiatives, followed by several years as VP, Medical Affairs at Bruyère. She co-founded the Bruyère Artist in Residence program and ConcertDocs, with both programs bringing the arts and a great deal of joy into residential care. She is presently completing an MBA in Healthcare at Rotman (Toronto) The GEMBA-HLS has been a springboard for Carol to launch Radical Connections with cj fleury. Together they aspire to make innovative improvements in healthcare by bridging the arts and health to create a community of practice.


Dr. Fraser Rubens

Dr. Rubens is a Cardiac Surgeon at the uOttawa Heart Institute and a well-recognized educator, designated Canadian Program Director of the Year in 2015.  A prolific researcher and innovator, he is the Director of the Pulmonary Endarterectomy Program, advancing this highly specialized surgery for patients from across Canada with world-class results. Dr. Rubens is well known as an oratorio and concert soloist throughout Ontario and Quebec, in addition to numerous solo concerts in California, Frankfurt, Salzburg, and Italy. His musical charity work was featured in “The Surgeons” on the Discovery Channel. Recently, he has worked with Dr. Carol Wiebe in Concert Docs, bringing music to the elderly in residential care. 

Dr. Rubens can speak both languages and, in a pinch, can answer in French if necessary.


Kim Kilpatrick: 

Kim Kilpatrick has always been steeped in the arts. Always a storyteller, always a musician, always wanting to work with people. Kim is proud to be a totally blind artist. Kim is a Music therapist, professional storyteller, disability advocate, access technology trainer. She has worked in dementia and palliative units, in schools, seniors' programs, disability programs, and has performed her two one woman shows, “Flying in the dark” And “Raising Stanley/life with Tulia” at festivals and theatres all across Canada.


Oscar Dario Parra Amézquita: 

Oscar is a Colombian photographer, living in Canada since 2016. Considering himself a citizen of the world, Oscar has worked in different artistic streams during his career; theater, audiovisual communication and photography. Now armed with his camera, Oscar firmly believes that artistic expression is a powerful tool to connect and unite various actors amongst society. His latest photographic project “People who love people” aims to pay tribute to our health care workers for their continued devotion in these challenging times, not only to their profession, but also their patients.





Radical Connections: Cultivating Hybrid Roots Between the Ecosystems of Arts and Healthcare

  • Wednesday Aug 25 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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