H’art Centre is an award winning registered not-for-profit, charitable community arts hub that provides artists with disabilities and those facing barriers with opportunities to create, study and produce works in the arts and collaborate with qualified, trained community artists.
We do this to nurture a vibrant, exciting and supportive culture that encourages artists, staff, volunteers and audiences to reach beyond limiting beliefs and expectations. To value and recognize artists individually for their abilities, and to share this understanding with the world.
We have five main programs:
We deliver a high quality inclusive arts program for adults with developmental disabilities.
H’art Studio helps adults with developmental disabilities reach their highest potential through arts and indirect learning. They work in collaboration with trained, professional community artists on projects in Arts, Music, Dance and Theatre throughout their lives and as they age.
We provide access to the arts to those facing barriers. Our fully accessible performing arts space, THE BOX, supports, promotes and advances a diverse and inclusive population through performing arts experiences. Recipient of the 2012 City of Kingston Access Award, THE BOX has quickly become the go-to venue for community groups drawn by these capabilities.
We change ideas about what is possible for people with disability. Our ABLE ARTISTS series brings professional Canadian artists with disabilities and leaders in the inclusive arts movement to Kingston to share their work, stories and insights. Through professional development workshops, we share knowledge with the public and with those capable of working as inclusive arts facilitators for Kingston’s diverse population. Nominated for the City of Kingston’s Celebrating Accessibility Award in 2017.
We reach out so people of diverse abilities can participate in the arts throughout their lives and as they age. H’art Centre’s newest initiative takes a community arts outreach approach to ensure all people have access to meaningful arts-based programming. Since 2017, the HAAP program has been providing arts outreach to seniors who live in long-term care homes in Kingston.
We train the next generation of inclusive arts facilitators. MixAbilities is our six-module training program designed to enhance access to the arts by ensuring artists and educators are trained to effectively and empathetically support participants who are Deaf and those with disabilities. Recipient of the 2018 City of Kingston Access Award in the category of Education.
We are members of the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning, Kingston Arts Council and Ontario Arts Education Association