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Willow Arts Community

Willow Arts Community is non-profit arts and mental health organization for artists with lived experience of mental health/addictions. We provide multidisciplinary arts exploration, professional arts training, and an artist in residency program, all free to our member artists.

  • Status:
    Non-profit, Non-profit Arts and Mental Health Organization 
  • Main Communities Served:
    Adults, Dis/Abilities 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Ontario, Niagara Region 
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  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    Members work alongside others to build a distinct voice within the community through publications, performances, and exhibitions.

    By engaging in our programs, member artists develop a positive self-identity as an artist with value. Our programs introduce members to the arts and to cultural spaces, and provide opportunities for them to integrate with professionals in the cultural community, and also encourage exploration of vocational or creative employment in the arts. Through public events and presence, we promote greater understanding and reduce the stigma of mental illness and addiction. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    A healthy community where artistic expression is celebrated.


    Willow Arts Community provides an inspired environment where individuals with lived experience of mental health/addictions living in Niagara are encouraged to explore creative expression.

    We achieve this by:

    Presenting a variety of media, artistic pursuits, and hands-on learning experiences
    Providing opportunities to integrate with professionals in the Ontario arts community
    Promoting a greater public understanding and reducing stigma of mental illness and addiction through the creation, presentation and discussion of artistic media.
    Encouraging exploration of vocational or creative employment in the arts

    Our Values

    We foster a respectful, inclusive, safe, and supportive environment.
    We value all levels of artistic ability and expression by aspiring, emerging and established artists
    We empower our members to discover their own talents, skills and passions free of judgement
    We work together to identify and achieve common goals
    We affirm that art should be accessible and is essential to the health and well-being of community 
  • ArtBridging Section:
    One of our strategic goals is to extend to all areas of the Niagara Region by empowering other communities to set up their own arts and wellness groups in culturally relevant spaces like museums and small art hubs. There are many cities and towns within the Niagara Region that lack services for people with mental health/addiction needs. With the Go Train connecting our region by 2021, we hope to spread what we are doing here in St. Catharines to remote areas across the Niagara Region.

    We are invested in cultivating and growing a regionally connected arts and wellness sector in the Niagara Region.
  • Main Contact Name:
    Shauna MacLeod, Founder/Director 
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  • Address:
    109 St. Paul Cres
    St. Catharines, ON  L2S 1M3 

Last updated on 2019-04-16 17:23:25. Submitted by: Willow Arts Community