Start the semester with a healthy mindset at the annual Fine Arts Wellness Day, running 11am-2pm on Wednesday, Jan 16 in the Fine Arts lobby.

All Art History & Visual Studies, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts & Writing students are welcome to drop by to sign up for a free chair massage, enjoy free healthy snacks courtesy of UVic’s Nutrition Programming & Services, fill up your water bottles at our rejuvenating hydration station & learn about stress management and other wellness tips from UVic’s Office of Student Life.

And don’t miss two great same-day wellness events happening just next door at UVic’s Interfaith Chapel:  the Pet Cafe (2:30 – 4pm) and the LOL: Laughter Meditation (2:45-4pm), both of which happen weekly.

The Fine Arts Wellness Day is a proud part of UVic’s wider Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs Jan 14-18 and offers a wide variety of activities including free yoga, the famed (and also free) Vikes black-light yoga rave, free meditation sessions, a free keynote performance by noted spoken word artist Shane Koyczan and more!

Wellness is an important part of both a general approach to life and student mental health. Fine Arts students often find themselves under additional pressures not shared by other students across campus, given the demands of rehearsals, instrument practice, performance and the push to be creative on top of maintaining a regular class schedule and keeping grades up.

Think well, be well, create well!