Updated: Aug 8
April 17th – 19th | Atlantis Resort | Paradise Island, The Bahamas
THE BAHAMAS, MARCH 27th, 2023. Did you know that aging is a disease? What’s the science of living better and longer? Did you know that you can program your mind, brain, and body with youthful signals so you can live better and longer? And, most of all, what does art have to do with it?
The annual 3-day HEALinc Summit, held from April 17th – 19th at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, is where you can find the answers to all these questions. The HEALinc Future Health Innovation Summit has been connecting the dots between quality of life, longevity, and regenerative medicine since its inaugural launch at the Melia Hotel in 2018. Now in its fifth year of operation, this year’s 2023 HEALinc Summit will be the most innovative Summit yet.
From April 17th - 19th, Bahamian residents and international attendees can learn from top-tier international scientists, doctors, healthcare professionals, and investors about how to take advantage of new regenerative medicines that transform your quality of life, unlock your innate ability to self-heal, reduce stress and trauma that cause cellular aging,
and strengthen your immune system. Interested healthcare professionals and members of the public can register online at https://www.healincsummit.com. Limited in-person slots are available.
Improving your quality of life is not just about the new cellular therapeutics and pharmacological medicines. Art is a powerful healer. Mental health and the arts will also be an important aspect of the 2023 HEALinc Summit.
This year, Dr. Desirée Cox (MD, MPhil, Ph.D.), CEO and Founder of The HEALinc Summit, and Nicole Collie, Co-Founder and CEO of Emerging Creatives and Founder of The Gray Spaces, are teaming up to unveil an exciting new art exhibition called Art For Life during the 2023 HEALinc Future Health Innovation Summit. The exhibition will be a central feature of the HEALinc Summit Grand Opening under the patronage of the Bahamas Ministry of Health and will be held in Exhibition Hall at the Atlantis Resort on Monday, April 17th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Grand Exhibition and Summit Grand Opening is free to the public and will also include a public lecture by Dr. Cassandra Vieten, entitled An Ecosystem of Wellbeing to Cultivate Mental Health, Post-Traumatic Growth, and Quality of Life. Dr. Vieten is the Director of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation and Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California, San Diego. The Honorable Dr. Michael Darville, the Bahamas
Minister of Health, will also bring opening remarks at the Opening Ceremony. The Art For Life exhibition, which officially opens at 5:30 p.m. on April 17th and runs until the end of the Summit on April 19th, will feature a diverse range of collective works by artists Dr. Desirée Cox, Nicole Collie, His Excellency Wendall K. Jones, Amina Fogg, Del Foxton, Lyndera Hall, Moses Victor, and Clifford Fernander.
Nicole and Dr. Desirée, both visual mixed media artists, first met when Nicole showed Dr. Desirée’s collection at her gallery in Nassau. Dr. Desirée has since launched her regenerative art brand ArtRegen, where she produces paintings that draw on the science of light, color, and abstraction to spark imagination and help like-minded professionals access their innate ability to self-heal. “Health is a creative process, and regenerative health requires imagination,”
Dr. Desirée said. “My art functions on three unique levels – abstract, object, and motion – to help center you, engage you, and allow you to feel more connected to your physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental health.”
This collaborative art exhibition will run alongside the 2023 HEALinc Summit, a global networking platform that unites scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and medical professionals from all over the world who share one common goal: to empower people to take control of their health and future. This year’s HEALinc Summit will be held from April 17th – 19th at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, during the Bahamas’ 50th year of independence. The Art for Life exhibition will be featured for all three days and will be held in Exhibition Hall.
Wellness and art have always gone hand-in-hand for Dr. Desirée. Having coined the term “regenerative art” to describe her self-healing paintings, she employs a unique, intentional approach in how she blends art, science, and health to stimulate her viewers. Her transformative art hangs in private collections all over the world and has been featured in multiple renowned publications such as British Vogue, Tatler, and House & Garden. “My work is meant to lower your blood pressure, lift your spirit, and birth great conversation,” she said.
For Nicole Collie, Emerging Creatives is all about empowering artists and aspiring creatives to be unapologetically creative and protect their self-sovereignty and self-expression from systems that seek to monopolize, profit from, or take control of their work. “I don’t take any earnings away from my artists,” Nicole said. “Artists are constantly drained of their talent, time, and space, and in the end, they’re left with a small percentage of their earnings. The artists I show at my gallery get their own website URL and take home 100% of the profit.”
A talented artist in her own right, as well as a highly sought-after graphic designer, Nicole was inspired to launch Emerging Creatives, along with children's books author, Kimberly Barrett Luttery – and later, her nonprofit The Gray Spaces – after her early years as an artist in Nassau, after repeatedly being turned away by galleries who preferred traditional Bahamian beach landscapes to her paintings of nude female figures. “I fought against that. We can’t put limitations or restraints on how people choose to express themselves,” Nicole said.
Nicole’s art is best described as captivating, colorful, and mysterious, with bold and textured details that take your breath away. “My inspiration for painting the female body is empowerment from my personal journey of accepting myself. That’s why this medium is my specialty,” she says. “We as women spend so much time trying to ‘look better’ and hide or not acknowledge our flaws. I want people – women, especially – to accept themselves as they are. That is why the images I paint have a celestial and ethereal feel to them because they are a representation of our inner selves,” she says.
Nicole’s art has been featured in several magazines, including WIRED, The World of Interiors, Traveller, Vogue, and Abode2. Her work has been exhibited in The Bahamas, New York, Los Angeles, Memphis, Dallas, and internationally. “Painting keeps me in a healthy mental space,” she said. “That’s always been my point of view. If you draw a stick figure and it makes you feel good, then you’re an artist to me. It doesn’t matter what your style is, what medium you use, or where you are in your journey. I want to be there to guide you, build your self-esteem and give you the opportunities that no one else has.”
Optimal health is at the forefront for both Nicole and Dr. Desirée. Dr. Desirée’s art operates as an “enriched environment” that can help activate stem cells in the brain, which is part of our innate system for regeneration. Nicole believes in breaking down the barriers to creativity, recognizing the importance of mental health, and championing art as an effective form of therapy. “I think we’re all healthier people when we’re able to create the way we want,” she said.
The collaborative Art For Life exhibition between HEALinc, ArtRegen, The Gray Spaces, and Emerging Creatives will be held from April 17th – 19th in Exhibition Hall at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, The Bahamas. All pieces will be available for sale. The exhibition is free to attend and officially opens at 5:30 pm on Monday, April 17th. To learn more about this exhibition and how you can purchase tickets to the 2023 HEALinc Summit, please visit our website at www.healincsummit.com or www.emergingcreatives.org.