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.
This is part of a larger $30 million initiative funded by the Slaight Family Foundation to provide new or enhanced mental health support/services that address growing mental health needs and can serve as models for other service providers. There are 19 organizations as part of this initiative. Workman Arts is extremely grateful for the support of the Slaight Family Foundation and enthusiastic about the additional supports for artists that will be offered thanks to this generous donation.