Thanks to a $1 million investment over four years from the Slaight Family Foundation, Workman Arts is expanding its art training programs throughout the GTA by partnering with Scarborough Arts, Urban Arts, North York Arts, East End Arts, Arts Etobicoke and Lakeshore Arts. The expanded program tackles the prevalence of social isolation in individuals with mental health issues and the lack of opportunities to build lasting social connections through meaningful engagement outside of the mainstream mental health system. Workman Arts’ art training programs are unique in the mental health sector because they do not treat the art class as secondary to the mental health benefits. High-quality art classes across all disciplines are facilitated by instructors with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues.
With Arts Etobicoke we are specifically looking to add programming in North Etobicoke this includes the area bound by Hwy 427 to the west, Steeles Avenue to the north, the Humber river to the east and Dixon Road to the south. Courses will begin in November 2021, January 2022 and Feb. 2022 running 5 weeks in length online*.