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
jules_vodarek@workmanarts.com

OPPORTUNITIES

REGISTER FOR Creative Reflections Inspired by the Land and Artist Talk

Online, March 22 and March 29 1:00-2:30 PM

Understanding that mental health and wellness are interconnected with all aspects of our lives, Creative Reflections Inspired by the Land is a two part expressive art workshop, which explores individual and community care, though metaphor and art. Star also shares personal storytelling around her lived and professional experiences with mental health and addiction as an Indigenous mother. These creative activities allow a moment for reflection, replenishment and self care.

About the Instructor

Star Nahwegahbo

Star Nahwegahbo is Anishinaabe, Scottish and English from Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, Ontario, Robinson Huron Treaty, currently living in Tkaronto/Toronto. Star is a mother, interdisciplinary artist, former Social Service Worker of 12 years, grassroots community organizer and expressive arts facilitator. In 2017, due to severe burn out and mental health, Star decided to retire from a twelve-year career in the social work sector and enrolled in OCAD University’s Indigenous Visual Culture Program. This decision was made so she may nurture her artistic gifts, and combine her passion for social change and art into a healthier career. Star’s work explores mental health, the parallels of motherhood and land, the impact of colonial violence on Indigenous families, grief, medicine and the art of braiding ourselves back into our rightful place in creation. One of the main targets of colonial violence on Indigenous people has been the attack on culture/Identity, land and children, her work aims to nurture these relationships and dismantle the colonial system within herself. Star acknowledges that her work is guided and co-created with ancestral and land-based intelligence.

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