Art Insight
A partnership with Workman Arts and Lakeshore Arts

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.

Art Insight – A partnership with Workman Arts and Lakeshore Arts  is specifically looking to add programming in South Etobicoke. This includes the area between Etobicoke Creek to the West, and the Humber River to the East, The Queensway to the North, and the lakeshore to the south.

Have questions?
Jules Vodarek Hunter
Art Training Program Manager
416-583-4339 Ext. 8


Jungle Flower
Visual for Write Your Self

Reclaim Your Voice: Write Your Self

Write Your Self is a hybrid course happening with Workman Arts and Lakeshore Arts. Registration will be open until April 1 2023, at which point accepted registrants will be contacted. Please note there is a limit on participants. 

Dates: Tuesdays — April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th ; May 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd (8 weeks)

Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm EST

Location: Hybrid. Online (via Zoom), with a final gathering In-Person (location TBC).

Who is this course for: BIPOC folks 18+, with priority given to survivors of interpersonal trauma who are Etobicoke Residents.

Instructor: Jungle Flower
Jungle Flower (she/her) is a Tkaronto based poet, speaker, trauma-informed writing guide and sound guide.

After escaping a psychologically abusive relationship, she founded Reclaim Your Voice ( in 2012, a BIPOC survivor-led organization that creates safe spaces where people who have experienced abuse and sexual violence can share their stories.

Stepping away from her 20-year career as a photographer in the entertainment industry, Jungle Flower found healing through her work in the survivor community, pushing her way through stage fright to share her story and raise awareness. Today she works with schools and organizations across the country, hosting survivor-centred workshops and sharing her message of healing through storytelling, spoken word poetry and imagery that inspires audiences to boldly reclaim their own voices.

Class Description:
The Write Your Self course is for anyone looking to begin a writing practice or enhance their current one. All skill levels are welcome. The purpose of this course is to gently help you create a sustainable foundation for writing and to begin excavating your stories. You will be provided with tools to help you explore what you want to write about, your writing topics, and your writing routines, both during and in between meetings – and be encouraged to take care of yourself in the process.