Current Courses

We are not taking new memberships at this time. Courses are available to all current members. All members are welcome to express interest, even if you haven’t participated in the previous season.

 Email thewillowcommunity@gmail.com to express interest.

Open Studio/Peer Support

April 5 – June 28
12 weeks (skipping Victoria Day May 24)
Mondays 1-2 PM

Open to all registered members
Please email Shauna at thewillowcommunity@gmail.com if you’d like to receive a Zoom link each week.

Members are welcome to pop in to say “hi” or simply listen and generate inspiration and ideas. This season we invite you to bring a creative project to work on, share a creative project with us, and come to troubleshoot and discuss possibilities with fellow Willow members. You can come to one or all 12, we will be happy to see you! John Sweeney and Shauna MacLeod will co-facilitate each week.

Instructor Talks!

Geoff Farnsworth – Thursday, April 8th 6-7 PM
Katherine Sunita – Thursday, April 15th 6-7 PM
Robin Nisbet – Thursday, April 22nd 6-7 PM
Curtis Tye – Wednesday, April 28th 6-7 PM

Open to all registered members 
Please send an email to Shauna at thewillowcommunity@gmail.com if you’d like to receive the Zoom link.

Early in the pandemic last year, these four instructors found innovative ways to continue to educate and support our membership through virtual studio tours, pre-recorded YouTube lessons, and Zoom arts training class. What better way to say thanks than making them the star of the hour! Each week in April, the featured instructor will use 10 images of their choice to share what makes them unique and what inspires them as artists in Niagara. Hosted by Shauna MacLeod, we will have time after the presentation for questions and conversations. Participants are welcome to join with their videos off, so get cozy and feel free to eat dinner or a snack while you enjoy the presentation!

Registration for four 6-week arts training courses (Watercolour, Creative Writing, Improv, and Photography) will open at the end of April, with courses running from May to June. Members involved with Songs from the Willow will also be finishing up the recording project. Deadline for the zine “Manifesto” has been extended to April 30.  Stay tuned for more info!

We are not taking new memberships at this time. Courses are available to all current members. All members are welcome to express interest, even if you haven’t participated in the previous season.

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 the public through exhibitions, publications, and performances to lessen the effects of stigma and social isolation.

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