Live Your Art
A partnership with Workman Arts and UrbanArts

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, UrbanArts, 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.

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


Spontaneous Poetry Writing

Spontaneous Poetry Writing is an online workshop happening with Workman Arts and UrbanArts part of Live Your Art Programming. Registration will be open until December 5, 2022, at which point accepted registrants will be contacted. 

Date: Tuesday, December 6th 

Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm EST

Location: Online (via Zoom)

Who is this course for:  Everyone. Priority will go to York/Weston residents; and those with lived experience of mental illness and/or addictions.

Instructor: Cathy Thorne

With a background in improvisational theatre, creative writing and visual arts, Cathy Thorne writes on-the-spot personalized poems at events, creating thoughtful keepsakes for guests to take home.

To encourage people to embrace their inner poet, she has developed a spontaneous poetry writing workshop. With no experience necessary, attendees learn how to clarify and organize their thoughts quickly and creatively through a series of short, fun exercises, ultimately resulting in each person creating a poem that has special meaning to them.

She is currently working on a chapbook of poetry entitled Shift.

Class Description:

In this workshop, you will learn to create spontaneous, personalized poems using tips and tricks that will help you organize and articulate your thoughts clearly.

The method I use is simply intuitive, and will help you embrace your inner poet while putting aside your inner critic. You can apply this not only to poetry writing, but also to other projects and your personal communications.

By the end of the workshop, you will have your own completed poem, plus the skills to write poems independently. We will conclude the workshop with an optional open mike. This is entirely optional for folks who like to share their words.

Your poems can be heartfelt, emotional and empowering, or fun and cheeky. It’s up to you! And the best part? Absolutely no poetry experience is necessary.