Arts Training

What is the Arts Training Program?

The Willow offers Arts Training Programs at no cost 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:

Winter 2021

Fall 2020

Summer 2020

Spring 2020

Winter 2020

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.

Seasonal Arts Exhibitions

At the end of each Professional Arts Training season, Member Artists present their work in group performances, publications, & visual art displays. 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.

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