Posts by Tracy Ryan

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 and will run until mid-December 2020. H’art Studio artists will…

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 uncertainty and to let you know everything that we have been doing as an…

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, and tools. First, we gave the facility a deep cleaning. A big thank you to Alyn Stirk—H’art Centre’s new maintenance person—who has gone over H’art…

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 to do with it. Two Occupational Therapy students from the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University, Sabrina Leonard and Katy…

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, and distance grids. Beyond aesthetic appeal, THE BOX has bolstered its safety protocols, and…

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 arts programming online, as well as on-onsite. Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy,…

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 percussionist who has H’art’s MixAbilities Inclusive Arts Training will return and deliver Orff workshops in the Fall. He completed Orff training online through the…

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 Kingston Whig Standard about what your City is doing to support the arts through this fund. The…

H’art receives support through the Emergency Community Support Fund

It was recently announced, H’art Centre will receive funding through the Emergency Community Support Fund to continue to deliver online programming to H’art Studio participants who are not yet able to return to the Centre through March 2021. This support will go far to prevent social isolation and to help foster inclusion through online Zoom inclusive art workshops at least twice a…