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. Courses will begin in January 2022 and February 2022 running 5 weeks in length online.

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

OPPORTUNITIES

Story as Medicine – In Person

Story as Medicine is an in-person course happening with Workman Arts and Lakeshore Arts part of Art Insight Programming. Registration will be open until September 1, 2022, at which point accepted registrants will be contacted. Please note there is a limit on participants. 

Dates: Thursdays, September 15, 22, 29, & October 6, Oct 13, Oct 20

Time: 5-7 PM

Location: In-Person

Who is this course for: South Etobicoke, Etobicoke Residents who are Black, Indigenous or People of Colour;  All indigenous peoples from Turtle Island welcome.

Instructor: Sharrae Lyon

Sharrae Lyon is a multidisciplinary artist, futurist, conflict resolution and pro-liberation facilitator, writer of Xamaycan-descent. Her film work Delayed Echoes (2018), Gaia’s Awakening (2014), Body as Technology (2015) are bodies of work that explores the intersections of neurodiversity, mental wellness, ancient wisdoms and modern contexts. Her training includes the modalities of Interplay, a powerful storytelling technique that creates a powerful experience for individuals to feel connected to Self, Other and the Earth. Additionally she is presently training in Ayitian folk dance with Master Drummer and Dancer Peniel Guerrier. She believes strongly in the individual and collective capacity to change and choose different ways of being in order to find the solutions needed for today. As a facilitator, her workshops that integrate storytelling in the practice of conflict transformation and pro-liberation for self and community.

Her interests include spirituality, neurodiversity, storytelling in community, dance and music as forms of uncovering and stepping into Authenticity.

Class Description:

Story as Medicine is an interactive improv and play-based storytelling workshop that supports participants in sensing and feeling into their personal and collective power. Rooted in the understanding that movement, voice, and storytelling is our inherent birthright, no experience is necessary. It is a course that celebrates and invites participant’s multidimensional selves, whileproviding integral techniques for emotional regulation, stress reduction, identifying boundaries between Self and Other and transformation of negative emotion. Participants may be introduced to short readings that centre earth-based reflections that empower them to find deeper meaning to their own experience with mental illness. Additional tools incorporated in the space will be guided meditations, moments for journaling.

Each session we:

✨We dive into play

✨We boost up our feel good metres

✨We acknowledge the shadows

✨We build connection

Regaining or building control of one’s own energetic system. Story as Medicine honours each individual’s personal journey and landscape within the frame of mental health, with alternative perspectives that are rooted in the validation of one’s experience and the wisdom within their journey. Dependent on participants desire, a showcase can be made on the culmination of the experience.

*Materials Provided during class

The Art of Forgiveness: Silencing Your Inner Critic- In Person

The Art of Forgiveness: Silencing Your Inner Critic is an in-person course happening with Workman Arts and Lakeshore Arts part of Art Insight Programming. Registration will be open until November 8th, 2022, at which point accepted registrants will be contacted. Please note there is a limit on participants. 

Dates: Tuesdays — November 15th, 22nd, 29th and December 6th, 13th

Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm EST

Location: In-Person — In Etobicoke, Location TBC

Who is this course for: Everyone who lives in South Etobicoke, Etobicoke Residents.  All indigenous peoples from Turtle Island welcome.

Instructor: Loretta Faveri

Loretta Faveri is a fibre artist and printmaker who has lived in Etobicoke most of her life.  Self-compassion and forgiveness are the foundation of her work.  By cutting and tearing through her creative output, she frees herself from judgement. Stitching the fragments together allows her to build something new and positive from them.  This creative process has become a metaphor for healing painful moments from her past.  She has been sober for four years and is passionate about sharing her story and her creative process with others.

Class Description:

Our inner critic can stifle our creativity and affect many other aspects of our lives.  This course in mindful artmaking will challenge your critic and give you the freedom to express yourself without judgment and bring you moments of joy. The creative process includes cathartic writing, doodling, printmaking and stitching using Japanese paper.

Priority Registration will be given to residents of south Etobicoke, and people in recovery from addiction.

Maximum 10 participants.