Art Fix of Nipissing in partnership with the Workman Arts Scaling Project is gearing up for another season full of professional art training, creativity and fun according to its news release.
The winter season is set to offer free workshops in still-life drawing, life drawing, painting techniques, professional development, printmaking and music. Weekly classes will be held at the White Water Gallery for individuals who self-identify with mental health and substance use lived experience.
Registration for the winter season will be open on December 6th and 7th for people with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use. Registration will occur in person on those days from 12 noon until 5 pm, or by appointment, at White Water Gallery (122 Main Street East). Classes are free, but you must be registered.
According to Lindsay Sullivan, Art Training Program Coordinator, “North Bay is rich with artistic talent, and so I am super-excited about creating accessible professional training opportunities, so people can pursue their own artistic goals. Together, we are building a community of people making social change through the arts.”
This art training program is being hosted by Art Fix of Nipissing with mentorship from Workman Arts, a Toronto-based organization that has been hosting such programing for over 30 years, as part of the Workman Arts Scaling Project. The project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Through this initiative, the project partners want to raise awareness of the prevalence of social isolation in people with lived experience of mental health and substance use issues and the benefits of participating in the arts as an effective way to increase the sense of belonging to a community, expand social networks and build social skills.
“Over the last two years, we have been facilitating skill-share workshops. Participants and instructors alike have been building boatloads of confidence, and I can’t wait to see what we can do with these new resources,” says Mitchell Ellam, Art Fix studio manager.
All community members are invited to join artists and facilitators for the fall end-of-season Art Showcase on November 22nd, 2018 at the White Water Gallery from 4 pm until 6 pm.