Willow Arts Community is a non-profit organization dedicated to removing barriers for artists living with mental illness/substance use to access creative spaces to make & exhibit work, exchange & advance skills, & expand networks.
We use the arts as an agent of social change by connecting & engaging the public through exhibitions, publications, & performances to lessen the effects of stigma & 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.