Due to the pandemic, most H’art Studio artists are now isolated from social connections, facing severe disruptions to their daily routines, and dealing with the disappointment of a postponed Small Things production. Although our physical space is closed, we continue to offer virtual programming to our participants. Every day, our instructors, administration and communication staff members work hard to establish an individual connection, set a new routine for participants, and reintroduce meaningful creative activities. The “Solo” virtual project means we can continue to: Provide daily activity suggestions and inspirational messages via social media.
- Introduce our participants to more online ASL story readings, virtual field trips, workshops, and more.
- Reach out to connect, one-on-one through regular phone calls and emails.
- Offer regular Zoom workshops twice a week and special workshops with community artists.
- Plan a virtual “Solo” exhibition that will involve visual arts and unique virtual collaborations with community artists, volunteers, and the community.
During this project, we are also capturing “lessons learned” and best practices from offering virtual programming since March 2020 due to the pandemic. Very little is known about the topic of providing inclusive arts to people with developmental disabilities under these extreme circumstances. Our intention is to include what we have learned in our MixAbilities Inclusive Arts Training Program or to contribute to conferences or associations like Canadian Network for Arts & Learning. Funded by the Harry E. Foster Foundation and supporters like you! https://www.harryefosterfoundation.org/