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?