Workman Arts provides to over 500 member artists with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues an opportunity to practice their craft and create community. We recognize that social isolation is a key determinant of 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. Throughout the pandemic, we have found ways to continue providing programming for artists living with mental health and addiction experiences both in-person and virtually.

Every dollar counts!

• $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 donation today? 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



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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.


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.


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.



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