What is the Professional Arts Training Program?

The Willow offers a free Professional Arts Training Program to the membership delivered by professional arts instructors and working arts professionals, many of whom are living with mental illness/substance use. 
Workshops, seminars, & classes are designed to introduce new art forms & skills to aspiring Member Artists, and refine, diversify, & professionalize the arts practice of emerging & established Member Artists.
Click here to view examples of our previous Arts Training Program Seasons:
Fall 2019
Spring 2019
Winter 2019
Fall 2018

When & where are the classes, workshops, & seminars?

The Professional Arts Training Seasons are Fall (Sept-Nov), Winter (Jan- March), & Spring (April-June).
Times & dates often 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 & evenings Monday – Friday & all classes are held in creative and cultural spaces in & around downtown St. Catharines, Ontario.

How do I join a class, workshop, or seminar?

The first step is to attend an Open House and register as a Member Artist. Click here for upcoming dates & times (no drop-ins or appointments are necessary)
Once you’ve registered as a Willow Member Artist, below are the steps to express an interest in joining a class, workshop, or seminar:
1. Before each training season begins, a new Arts Training Program Guide is circulated to the membership electronically through emails, social media, & on the website. They are also available in print at Rodman Hall Art Centre.
2. Registered Member Artists email, call, or attend Rodman Hall Art Centre during the sign-up week and let us know their first, second and third choices.
3. Classes are not first come first served. Staff will match Member Artists to the program based on expressed goals & interests. Additional factors include attendance record, previous experience, & any concerns following our Code of Conduct are taken into consideration.
4. Member Artists are notified of their enrollment via email or phone before the start of each season.
The Professional Arts Training Program is made possible through a partnership with Workman Arts & Rodman Hall Art Centre with thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council.

Seasonal Arts Exhibitions

At the end of each Professional Arts Training season, Member Artists present their work in group performances, publications, & visual art displays at Rodman Hall Art Centre and Mahtay Cafe and Lounge. They serve to promote our Member Artists to a wider audience, leading to recognition, earned income, & additional opportunities to launch or further their careers.  Free & open to the public, seasonal exhibitions help to facilitate dialogue, reduce stigma, & celebrate social integration. 
Check out the events page for upcoming Arts Exhibitions.