The Willow offers seasonal, artistic programming 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.
All programs and activities are designed to introduce new art forms and skills to beginner artists, as well as refine, diversify, and professionalize the arts practice of emerging artists. We support visual, literary, performing, and craft, and have plans to expand to support media artists in the future.
All programs and artistic activity occur during three seasons: Winter (January – March), Spring (April – June), and Fall (September – December).
Our seasons are planned to deliver programs across diverse arts practices, responding to the needs of our membership, instructor availability, community and cultural events, and the availability of program spaces and resources.
Click here to view examples of our previous Arts Training Program Seasons:
Seasonal Arts Showcases
At the end of each season, members present their work in group performances, publications, & visual art displays. They serve to promote our members 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.
How to Join as a Willow Member:
We are currently at capacity until we can secure sustainable funding via grants, donations, and sponsorships. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to join the waiting list.
How Willow Members Express Interest each Season:
When a new season launches, Willow members are invited to express interest via email or phone. Staff evaluates members’ requests in relation to their arts practice goals and plans, rather than on a first come first served basis. Challenges with attendance may be taken into consideration if there is high demand for a particular course or program.