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

Giving Tuesday is a day when community members join together to rally for their favourite causes, and it takes place on December 3 in 2019.

This Giving Tuesday, we’re asking for your help with an urgent need to support our continued ability to adapt to providing programming during the pandemic.

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. So we knew that just because we couldn’t gather in person, we still had to find ways to continue providing programming for artists living with mental health and addiction experiences.

With the support of our community, we’ve been able to make adjustments to continue to provide classes and workshops online so our artists can connect with their peers. Unfortunately running a program remotely has many challenges, not least of all increased costs. 

While we can usually buy materials in bulk for sharing during classes, suddenly we find ourselves having to purchase individual materials for each participant. And then we have to mail those supplies. For artists who don’t have reliable internet connections or electronic devices, we’re also providing loaner devices and access to a data plan. 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.

With your help, 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 artist for a full year

DECEMBER 1 ONLY – All donations of $20 or more made on our Giving Tuesday page, will receive an additional boost of $2 from CanadaHelps! Donate today and increase the impact of your donation!

Thank you for your support!


A Global Day of Giving