What a year it’s been!

Today, Giving Tuesday 2021, help us give back!

We could not be more excited to be back in our home at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in a brand new facility at 1025 Queen Street West. We are also thrilled to be slowly resuming in-person classes for our member artists. The pandemic has been particularly challenging for those living with mental health and/or addiction issues and the support that Workman Arts provides to over 500 member artists with lived experience continues to be vital and essential. That said, the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over and it is crucial that we continue to be accessible and innovative with program delivery by being ready to pivot at a moment’s notice.

Workman Arts is committed to maintaining our virtual offerings while integrating in-person classes, workshops and events. With this hybrid format, we’re seeking more accessible than ever before!

We do this recognizing that social isolation is a key determinant in poor mental health outcomes. Close to 80% of Workman Artists responded that participating in programs at Workman Arts makes them feel like they are part of a community. In this new reality, where many people’s ability to safely attend in-person events remains limited, we had to find ways to continue providing programming for artists living with mental health and addiction experiences both in-person and virtually.

We’re so happy that in the last year, with the support of our community, we’ve been able to make adjustments to keep providing classes and workshops online so our artists can connect with their peers. Now that we are returning to providing in-person classes and workshops in addition to online events, our need for resources has increased and our costs have doubled.

Delivering a hybrid class means we need to purchase more materials. We have also launched an i-Pad lending program where we provide loaner devices and access to a data plan for artists who don’t have reliable internet connections or electronic devices. Dedicated staff are needed to administer and manage this program. We have also added more support systems for our instructors who have reimagined courses for online delivery and learned how to effectively teach over Zoom. Now they are now learning how to teach both live participants and remote artists. The learning never ends!

[With your help](https://workmanarts.com/donate/), we can continue to provide support for Workman Artists. We’re raising $10,000, and to make that happen, we need your help. Every dollar counts, and your donation today will have an immediate impact on alleviating social isolation for artists with lived experience.

• $25 supplies a materials kit for one artist in a painting class
• $50 provides one hour of instruction
• $100 supplies a reliable internet connection for online programming
• $500 covers materials mailing expenses for one semester
• $1000 supports the needs of one new artist for a full year

Will you join with the Workman Arts community to make a Giving Tuesday donation today?
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Workman Arts creates real change in the lives of artists living with mental health and addiction experiences through free art training programs and professional presentation opportunities. Your support enables artists to reach their creative and professional goals in a supportive peer community.

Donate today and make a difference in the lives of people living with mental health & addiction experiences.

If you prefer to donate offline, please click here to download a donation form.

Charitable Registration Number: #13073 4403 RR0001

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
BARBORA RACEVIČIŪTĖ
INTERIM COMMUNICATIONS & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
barbora_raceviciute@workmanarts.com

REASONS TO GIVE

A group of people at easles, painting a model in a chair at the front of the room.

PROVIDING TRAINING

Donations ensure that participating in our Training Program (including all materials) is always free to member artists. We hire instructors with lived experience to teach all classes.

ENABLING OPPORTUNITIES

Your support enables artists to present their work to the public in exhibitions, screenings and performances. Artists are paid fairly for their work, have the opportunity to sell their art and grow their audience.

SHARING STORIES

Support excellence in public programming through our signature events, the Rendezvous With Madness festival and the Being Scene exhibition,which promote dialogue with audiences around mental health and addiction experiences.

 

CREATING COMMUNITY

Your donation builds a supportive peer community for artists with lived experience working alongside each other, providing mutual support and reducing social isolation.

“Your support is essential for Workman Arts to fulfil its mission of directly supporting artists with lived experience, providing arts programming and producing impactful public presentations to reduce stigma against persons with lived experience of mental illness. Please join me as a fellow monthly donor so that Workman Arts’ artists can continue to provide our community with meaningful art, music, theatre and film.”

~Mark Goldbloom, Chair, Workman Arts Board of Directors