Dear Member, Artists
and Community Partners,

Willow Arts Community is committed to offering a welcoming and safe place for our membership, employees, and volunteers.
In response to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all remaining classes, workshops, and open studio programs starting on March 13, until further notice.
We will also be postponing the Winter Showcase (scheduled for April 9) and the start of the upcoming Spring Season.
We encourage you to sign up for our email list as we will inform you when programs resume.
Or join the conversation on Social Media:
We look forward to welcoming you to Willow Arts Community programs and events when we resume. Stay safe, stay creative, and we will see you all soon.

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.

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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.

Click here to download the most recent Program Guide

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.