The Willow is an arts & mental health 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 professional networks.
We use the arts as an agent of social change by connecting & engaging the public with exhibitions, publications, & performances to lessen the effects of stigma & social isolation.
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/social worker or prove my eligibility?
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.
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, and Mahtay Cafe and Lounge.