Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be an experienced (or good) artist to join?

No. Membership is suitable for: individuals who are motivated to explore their creative identities, creatives looking to connect and learn alongside peers, and artists that already have a dedicated arts practice.

How much does it cost to participate?

Membership is free, and all artistic programs and creative opportunities are offered to our membership at no cost. Materials are provided, and members are welcome to bring their own supplies if they can.

Do I need a referral from a doctor or social worker?

No. We do not provide social work or group therapy of any kind; rather, we provide access to arts programming and creative opportunities in a supportive and inclusive environment. Formal diagnosis is not necessary. We celebrate the therapeutic value of artistic creation and expression, peer support, social inclusion, and stigma reduction.

What are your hours of operation?

Our in-studio arts education programs happen within the three seasons: Fall (September – early December), Winter (January – March), and Spring (April – June). Special projects with community partners happen all year round. Class times and programs change from season to season.

How do I become a member?

Visit the membership page to learn more.

Why are your programs free?

Willow Arts affirms that the arts are essential to the health and wellbeing of a vibrant community and should be accessible to all. Willow Arts responds to the pressing and ever-growing need in Niagara for free, accessible programming tailored to individuals living with mental illness/substance use (MI/SU). Our commitment to remaining at no cost is driven by the understanding that the majority of individuals with MI/SU live at or below the poverty line, with the current rising cost of living exacerbating this divide. 1 in 5 residents in Niagara will face a mental health crisis in any given year. The demand for our programming grows daily with referrals from all mental health/social service agencies in Niagara.

How can I help?

Willow Arts is a registered charity that is funded through grants, sponsorships, partnerships, and donations. Your financial contribution will directly support our mission and programming.

To make a charitable donation or to become a sponsor, email [email protected], call us at 905-328-9277, or click the donate button on our website.

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