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ArtHouse for Children and Youth

  • Status:
    Charity, Non-profit 
  • Main Communities Served:
    Children, Youth, aged 7-17 and Isolated Seniors 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Ontario, Burlington, Milton and Oakville 
  • Languages:
  • Arts Focus:
    Includes Visual and Performing Arts, Music, Yoga, Improv, Graphic Design, Photography, Garden Education and Cooking Programs 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    • Our Programs - Working with over 50 collaborative partners, ArtHouse provides multi-disciplined programs at over 30 strategically chosen accessible locations in Burlington, Oakville and Milton.

    • Our Purpose - ArtHouse Programs can hold the key for vulnerable children, youth and seniors, for those who may need to seek a secure, friendly, supportive and safe haven, to deal better with stress, anxiety, feelings of alienation, social and academic pressures - there are strong measurable outcomes demonstrating that participation in the arts supports positive mental health and social inclusion and improves communication and social skills and an ability to overcome difficulties in a non-competitive environment.

    • Our History - Since 2009, more than 60 ArtHouse recruited, paid and highly skilled professional Instructors have delivered 320 cost-free programs placing the power of the arts into the hands of more than 5,500 children, youth and seniors that have little or no discretionary income to afford fee-related arts programs.

    • Our Community Commitment - Our goal is to be seen as a respected member of the Burlington, Milton and Oakville communities, to employ resident artists where possible and to collaborate with social-service agency partners, schools and arts organizations so that together we can provide the best possible experiences for each of the participants and families we serve. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    • Our Vision – Building Better Communities Through the Arts

    • Our Mission - ArtHouse provides safe, accessible and innovative FREE arts programs led by professional instructors for children aged 7-12, Take Five leadership programs for youth 13-17, and Take Sixty-Five arts programs for seniors. Young people that may not have access to fee-related programs are considered first through the ArtHouse Front-of-the-Line Policy. 
  • ArtBridging Section:
    In June 2016, the Board of Directors Approved Vision 2019 highlighting goals in the following areas:

    • Continue program growth for 7-12 year olds in Burlington and Oakville:
    ○ Oakville – 38 to date versus 33 in Fiscal 2016;
    ○ Burlington – 32 to date versus 29.

    • Implement plans for the substantial presence of programs in Milton – 5 new programs;

    • Expand TAKE FIVE Leadership Programs in all three communities for youth aged 13-17:
    ○ Implemented ArtHouse Programs for LEAP, Essentials and CPP Students at WOSS (Oakville), Bateman (Burlington) and Craig Keilburger Schools (Milton);
    ○ Mending Fences Project to be implemented throughout Oakville and Burlington;
    ○ New Art Therapy Programs at WOSS and ADAPT.

    • Pilot TAKE SIXTY-FIVE programs for Seniors at Three Halton Community Housing location:
    ○ Commitment to total of Seven in Year two.

    • Strengthen our research relating to the influence of arts programs and how they support positive mental health amongst vulnerable children and youth:
    ○ ArtHouse State of Mind Project focuses on 37 Programs with Baseline and Follow-up Research plus Canada 150th Video, Info-graphics and Live Performance.
  • Additional Info:
    • October 2016 – ArtHouse receives Imagine Canada Accreditation;
    • April 2017 – ArtHouse receives largest grant in its history – $251,800 over three years from Ontario Trillium Foundation. 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Don Pangman, Founder and Executive Director 
  • Phone:
    (905) 467-8551 
  • Main Contact Email: 
  • Website:
  • Address:
    115 George Street - Suite 522
    Oakville, ON  L6J 0A2 

Last updated on 2017-10-19 08:37:41. Photos credit of: Dan Pangman, ArtHouse - Submitted by: Don Pangman, Founder and Executive Director