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H’art Studio’s Fall 2020 Programming

H’art Studio’s Fall 2020 Programming

Today, we are pleased to announce the details of our Fall 2020 H'art Studio programming. The Fall session, which we are calling Season of Solos, will include visual arts, music, and dance workshops on the theme of "inspiration". The new session begins on September 8th...

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A Message From The Founder: Our Phased Return

A Message From The Founder: Our Phased Return

This has been a challenging time and the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on all of us. As most of Ontario is now entering Stage 3 of the Framework for Reopening Our Province, we wanted to thank you for supporting H’art Centre during this time of...

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Your look into reopening protocols

Your look into reopening protocols

Since March, while we pioneered virtual programming, H'art Centre focused on getting ready for our eventual return to on-site programming. In consultation with Kingston's Public Health inspectors and nurses, we prepared the Centre with enhanced protocols, processes,...

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Virtual H’art Studio attracts artists from a distance

It has been said that there is an opportunity in every crisis. When H'art Centre shut down to on-site programming due to the pandemic, we had no idea what opportunity would arise. Without missing a beat, our instructors and administrators worked hard to deliver...

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H’art studies its virtual program: Here’s why!

To help raise awareness about the value of the arts to people with disabilities or barriers to participation in the arts, we routinely invites post-secondary students to complete their field placement requirements at H'art Centre. This year, "routine" has had nothing...

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THE BOX: Your peek at its fresh new look 

Although the doors may have been closed, the work did not stop. We want to thank The Conservatory, a BOX Resident, for donating renovations in order to maintain a safe and accessible dance studio for all abilities. THE BOX has new flooring, a fresh new coat of paint,...

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All you need to know about summer jobs program

Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, funded by the Government of Canada, H'art Centre is adding additional summer students to our administrative and creative staff. Four summer students will contribute to our team efforts during the reopening phase as we deliver...

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What you can expect this Fall Season

The overall theme of the Fall Season is "Season of Solos". H'art artists will demonstrate the "personal interest and inspiring force behind each creation" in many artistic disciplines.   We are pleased to announce Daniel Chalmers, a local professional...

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How your City will support the arts through 2020 Arts Fund

The Kingston Arts Council and the City of Kingston announced the recipients of the 2020 City of Kingston Arts Fund grants recently. H'art Centre was among only 11 local arts organizations that received an operating grant. Take a moment to read an article in the...

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Harry E. Foster Foundation supports virtual program

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, H'art artists were dealing with the disappointment of the postponed performance of Small Things and the uncomfortable experience of being isolated at home away from their regular routine and friends. We reached out to the...

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Supporters in the spotlight

Everyone will face uncertain times. It is during these moments that friends and family step forward to lend a hand, often without being asked. We want to thank the H'art family members who stepped forward when we needed it the most and generously donated and supported...

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Five-Lined Skink: A feel-good project

When musician David Archibald wanted to make a short video to illustrate the popular "Five-Lined Skink" song that he wrote for Bon Echo Provincial Park, he turned to the artists in the H'art Studio program and asked if they would be interested in making some art for...

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Civic Holiday Monday Notice

H'art Centre staff will observe regular hours on the Civic Holiday Monday and the office will be open. Please contact 613-545-1392 for more detailed information. Thank you.

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In development: MixAbilities Kingston Inclusivity Guide

Thanks to two Occupational Therapy students from Queen's University, our MixAbilities Inclusive Arts Training program will soon include a guide to help make Kingston's "accessibility information more accessible". The guide will help community arts leaders determine...

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Your look at online community artist schedule

Your look at online community artist schedule

We are happy to announce the addition of a second Zoom workshop to our weekly schedule. Some of Kingston's most amazing community artists are now leading our H'art Studio artists in different mediums. Here are a few: Tuesday, May 5: Percussion with Daniel Chalmers...

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In the works: art from isolation

In the works: art from isolation

After years of highly collaborative work in theatre and dance, H'art artists had to shift quickly into being creative during a time of isolation and social distancing. Change can be scary but it can also support opportunity. So, H'art Studio artists will explore their...

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Your peek into Zoom workshops

Your peek into Zoom workshops

Although our doors are closed, our programming has not stopped. We have adapted our programming to a new virtual space. Every day, instructors and guest artists work to prepare assignments, communicate our schedule and plans, and encourage artists on their creative...

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A new normal: virtual H’art Studio

A new normal: virtual H’art Studio

Throughout the shut down, or instructors, administration and communication staff have been working hard behind the scenes. Our goals have been to: connect with every H'art artist, connect them to each other, set a new routine, introduce meaningful activities, and...

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A Message From Our Founder: Learning to Dance in the Rain

Many, many organizations have been closed to participation due to public health recommendations meant to slow the transmission of COVID-19 across Canada. H'art Centre is one of them. While it is tempting to dwell on the disruptions to daily routines, the...

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National Volunteer Week Highlight

National Volunteer Week Highlight

It's National Volunteer Week and we wanted to say thank you to our volunteers - past and present - and the many, many volunteers who are giving so much to our communities at this time. Thank you!

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H’art postpones Small Things

Like you, H'art Centre is closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and related directives. To support community efforts, we have suspended all rehearsals at this time and postponed the performances of SMALL THINGS (scheduled for April 17 & 18)...

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The Love of Dance Project

The Love of Dance Project

Menka Nagrani, the founder of Montreal’s integrated dance company Les Productions des Pieds des Main, has joined choreographer Melissa Mahady Wilton, co-Artistic Director of The Conservatory, to deliver inclusive dance workshops this season as part of a project called...

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Current Project: Small Things

Current Project: Small Things

Small Things is a story told through dance, spoken word, original music, and video projections and features performances and contributions by over 50 remarkable H’artists and guest artists. Working with talented choreographers throughout H’art Centre’s fall season,...

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Small Things

Small Things

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. To help with community efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, we suspended rehearsals and postponed the April 17 & 18, 2020 performances of Small Things. We will update you about the new schedule and venue when the information is available.

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H’art to Develop New Deaf Senior Theatre Production

Grant from the Ontario’s Seniors Community Grant Program Supports Project Beginning this month, seniors who are Deaf will be involved in a new theatre production thanks to a $24,726 grant from the Government of Ontario’s Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility Seniors...

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H’art to Return to Isabel Bader Human Rights Arts Festival

After 2018’s successful first appearance at the Isabel Bader Human Rights Festival with the 20th anniversary play A Gift From Martadella, H’art Centre is proud to announce it will return to the Festival in 2020 with a new production, Small Things. The production will...

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MixAbilities gets a boost from Ontario Arts Council

H'art Centre can now develop our capacity to market the MixAbilities Inclusive Arts Training program to a wider group of users thanks to a grant from the Ontario Arts Council's Market Development Project. The Ontario Arts Council's Market Development Project supports...

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Vince Love Club 2019

Vince Love Club 2019

The Vince Love Club is an annual gathering for registered H’art Studio's artists and their family members and caregivers. Dress your best to honour the memory of our dear friend Vince and take a moment to remember what is truly important in life: music,...

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H’art gets new Love of Dance workshop grant

CFKA helps H’art build inclusive dance capacity, foster new collaboration H’art Centre announced Menka Nagrani, the founder of Montreal’s integrated dance company Les Productions des Pieds des Main, has joined choreographer Melissa Mahady Wilton, co-Artistic Director...

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Call for dance volunteers

We are seeking trained dance volunteers interested in working with adults with developmental disabilities as they develop new dance works this season. Volunteer dancers should have: Appropriate background and skills, Ability to attend orientation and interviews, A...

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H’art Studio’s 2019 Fall Season

H'art Studio artists got off to a great start this fall. The theme for the fall season: Celebration! In our workshops, we are learning abou the word, its associated energy, the inspiration to be with others or self, and how celebration creates memories and moments for...

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Weekend Arts Mixer Fun Facts

We launched the Weekend Arts Mixer project in March as part of our H'art Accessible Arts Program. Through the project, we aimed to create meaningful inclusive arts for seniors in long-term care on weekends and encourage more intergenerational connection –– and fun! We...

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A Message from Our Founder: Let’s Dance!

According to diversity and inclusion expert Verna Myers, “While diversity is about identifying differences and making sure everyone is invited to the party, inclusion is about extending a hand and asking everyone to dance”. That's exactly what we are doing this...

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Julie’s Birthday Fundraiser

Catherine Gourdier, a community supporter, is hosting "Julie's Birthday Fundraiser" at BLUMartini on Saturday, November 2nd to honour the memory of her sister Julie Gourdier and to support the work of H'art Centre and Special Olympics Ontario - Kingston. This music...

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Project Update: The Box Seating Improvement

With the support of the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston and H’art supporters, we delivered THE BOX Seating Improvement Project and its goal to provide more accessible seating options and better sight-lines for audience members attending productions in our...

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A Message From Our Founder

Dear Friends, Big anniversaries are exciting. Last year, as you know, we celebrated our 20th year. It was satisfying to look back to see how far we’ve come. But I think it is more exciting to look ahead. At 21, we clearly know who we are, how we can make our biggest...

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Exhibit: A Message From Nature

Exhibit: A Message From Nature

An exhibit and fundraiser in support of our next major performance THE BOX, 237 Wellington Street Saturday, June 8 - Sunday June, 9 2019 2:00 PM -4:00 PM Choir performance 3:00-3:30 PM In A Message From Nature, H'artists and Canadian artist Katherine Porter create a...

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Easter Holiday Hours

H'art Centre will be closed on Friday, April 19th and Monday, April 22nd for the Easter weekend. Thank you!

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Zena Bernstein Film, Festival Update

The short film we produced on the life and work of artist Zena Bernstein for our recent Able Artist event hit the big screen at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival on Saturday, March 2nd before a sold out crowd as part of Local Shorts, a collection of seven short...

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Weekend Arts Mixer Volunteer Training Seminar

Please make note of DATE CHANGE Our H'art Accessible Arts Program (HAAP!) needs volunteers to assist with weekend events for our special intergenerational "Weekend Arts Mixer" (WAM!) project. This mixer will add to H'art Centre’s efforts to engage seniors who live in...

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Developing A Daily Practice

"A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence."- Jim Watkins This term, H'art Studio artists will work to strengthen their personal daily practice. What is a "daily practice"? It is a series of small, fundamental actions that,...

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Holiday Closure Notice

NOTICE: H'art Centre will be closed for the holidays from Friday December 21 , 2018 through January 6, 2019 inclusive.  We will re-open on Monday January 7, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Happy holidays!

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H’art continues a loving legacy

Every year, since his passing in July 2016, H'art has held a special event to honour the legacy of our dear friend Vince. This year was no exception and we gathered again for The Vince Love Club on December 19th. It was a chance for H’art School participants and...

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H’art and Fairmount Home Go Wireless

  On December 13, representatives from H’art Centre, Rotary Club of Kingston and Empire Life gathered at Fairmount Home to celebrate the "Go Wireless" pilot project with Fairmount Home’s leaders, recreation staff and residents. Five Smart TV monitors, multiple...

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H’art stages two sold-out performances of The Wishing Tree

On December 8 & 9, 2018, H'art Centre staged two sold-out performances of The Wishing Tree marking a huge success for our first collaboration with artist Suzanne Pasternak. Inspired by local stories and legends of Prince Edward County, The Wishing Tree is a...

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