Willow Arts Community is an arts + peer support organization dedicated to reducing barriers and providing opportunities for adult artists and creatives living with mental illness/substance use disorder in Niagara.
We use the arts as an agent of social change by connecting and engaging with the public through exhibitions, publications, and performances to lessen the effects of stigma and social isolation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much do classes, workshops, & seminars cost?
All provided free to registered Member Artists.
Do I have to be an experienced (or good) artist to join?
No. There are programs & services for all levels of experience (aspiring, emerging & established Member Artists).
How do I join?
Click here for information on how to join.
Do you supply materials?
Materials for classes, workshops, & seminars are provided unless otherwise specified. Member artists are encouraged to bring their own supplies & materials to the Open Studio (some supplies are provided)
Do I need a referral from a doctor or social worker to join?
Is there a waiting list?
No. Open Houses are hosted once a month during each season.
What are your hours of operation?
Our programs & services happen within our 3 program seasons Fall (September-November), Winter (January- March), & Spring (April- June).
Special events & programs sometimes run in December and throughout the summer (July-August).
Class times change season to season & are based on the availability of our program partners, instructors, feedback from our Member Artists & staff. Classes typically run during the afternoon and evenings Monday – Friday.
Do you provide art therapy?
No, Willow Arts Community is an arts & mental health organization that celebrates the therapeutic value of artistic creation & expression, peer support, social inclusion, & stigma reduction. All programs are taught by local professional artists, many living with mental illness/substance use. All programs are located within local arts organizations like Rodman Hall Art Centre, Suitcase in Point Theatre Company, Niagara Artists Centre, & Mahtay Cafe and Lounge.