THE Indian Summer Arts Society on Tuesday announced the launch of the ‘Culture Lab: Artist as Healer’ program and invited South Asian artists to apply for a $25,000 bursary by November 29 at 11:59 p.m.

The project resources South Asian artists who live and work in the Metro Vancouver region in any medium or discipline to work collaboratively with other artists, mentors, and medical and wellness communities to develop healing methodologies through art. The selected artist (or collective) will receive a $25,000 stipend for five months and additional funds of up to $20,000 to cover associated costs.

Dr. Arun Garg, who set up the South Asian Health Institute at Fraser Health Authority and is the former President of the BCMA, is a mentor and partner in the project. He said: “It is rare for an arts organization to reach across disciplines in the way that ISAS has consistently done. Healing is a complex art and elements of sight, smell, hearing are as critical as any other elements. This project will give us the tools for integrative thinking and a holistic approach to healing.”

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