Expressions of Arthritis

Currently, nearly 20,000 Canadian children are suffering from painful, swollen joints and chronic fatigue. Not many people know that arthritis affects children too. Researchers at The McCaig Institute for Bone & Joint Health are developing innovative treatment and diagnostic tools for a variety of bone and joint conditions, including arthritis.

Working with our partners at TELUS Spark, we designed a creative workshop specifically for children suffering from juvenile arthritis, to express in their own way what it feels like to live with this condition.

Our special guest for this event is Bev Kelly, a Calgary-based artist. Bev spoke to the children at the workshop about her experiences as an artist who is thriving in spite of living with chronic joint pain. To learn more about Bev Kelly click here.

The works of art will be put on display at the TELUS Spark Science Centre. The exhibit will be launched at our Meet an Innovator Event on September 27th, 2014. Please click here to register or call 403-210-6774 for more information.

All participants will be entered into a draw for a free one year membership to TELUS Spark!

Event Details:

When:  Saturday, September 20th, 2014. Sign-in at the front desk at 10:30 a.m.

Please be sure to get your parking pass validated.

Location: TELUS Spark Science Centre

Please register in advance. Please note that this event is only for children with arthritis, and the registration will be capped at 30 participants.


Maud Lewis, Artist

Inspiration for this Event

This event was inspired by the Maud Lewis exhibit at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Maud Lewis is a well-known east coast artist who suffered from juvenile arthritis. Maud lived in a tiny home that lacked modern amenities like plumbing and electricity. Despite the challenges she faced, Maud took great pleasure from her art. Part of the Maud Lewis exhibit at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has been dedicated to works of art created by children with juvenile arthritis. The pieces were created at an event put on by The Arthritis Society, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, called Express ARThritis.

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