Tracy Ryan

H’art kicks off Mix It Up! campaign

The public phase of a $30,000 campaign to expand already benefiting from community support  Yesterday, H’art Centre and some early supporters launched the public phase of a fundraising campaign that will see the organization expand into a neighbouring space. The Mix...

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OAEA Awards MixAbilities Facilitator

H’art Centre is pleased to announce Karen Dolan, its MixAbilities Inclusive Arts Training Program Facilitator, received a 2021 Community Art Educator of the Year from the Ontario Arts Education Association at a virtual ceremony held last night. The Community Art...

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In development: Inclusive arts and long-term care study

In development: Inclusive arts and long-term care study

A big H'art Centre thank you to Amanda Ball and Lauren McKinley, two field placement students from the Occupational Therapy program at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen's University. This summer they dug into our outreach program called H'art Accessible...

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A summer like no other: H’art Studio

A summer like no other: H’art Studio

This summer is full of virtual adventures and music. H'art Studio artists are exploring our city through virtual tours of art galleries and museums. We are discovering sights near and far and imagining wide-open spaces. We are starting with watercolours and mixed...

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Feedback from MixAbilities Inaugural

It is always a pleasure to get feedback from people who benefit from our programs. Sarah Howard is a community artist, musician, and songwriter who participated in a full-day MixAbilities Inclusive Arts Training inaugural event in June. It inspired her to post her...

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Message from our Founder: Build back a stronger arts sector

Recently, I listened to the 10/3 podcast, “How COVID-19 dropped the curtain on Canada’s arts sector”. Calgary Herald arts reporter Eric Volmers spoke with clarity about the value of the arts sector in Canada and how it has taken a beating during the pandemic. Many of...

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Go Wireless: A lifeline for seniors

Go Wireless: A lifeline for seniors

Seniors at Fairmount Home were already preparing to use technology to stay engaged and active before the pandemic hit thanks to a pilot project launched by H’art Centre’s outreach program in December 2018 and implemented in 2019.  “Little did we know that our Go...

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Senior volunteer spreads the love

Senior volunteer spreads the love

Long-time H’art Centre volunteer June Methot presented Sonia Gentile, Executive Director of Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington with 20 “masked” teddy bears for the children served by the organization. Methot, 88, made the bears by hand...

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Remembering Shirley

Remembering Shirley

Our sincere condolences go to the family and friends of Shirley Ballantyne. We know there are many. Shirley was a true community champion. She was a volunteer and then a member of H’art’s board of directors for three years. Even after she finished her term on the...

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Studio artists salute community helpers

Studio artists salute community helpers

The first in a series of Finding Good art sales is here –– and available to you online! This collection features 14 painted wood sculptures. The sculptures depict the helpers in our community. Look for a celebration of doctors, teachers, nurses, zoo keepers, 911...

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H’art shares expertise across Ontario

H’art shares expertise across Ontario

Special Olympics Ontario invited Executive Director Katherine Porter and MixAbilities Facilitator Karen Dolan, along with 40+ art educators, instructors, and other education and learning admin staff, to be part of a three-hour panel designed to support the Art Gallery...

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When the world shuts down, Artists Connect!

When the world shuts down, Artists Connect!

From January to March, the "Artist Connect" project brought artists from across Canada together to talk about making art in the digital world. Artist Connect was presented by Ottawa’s BEING Studio, in partnership with H'art Centre (Kingston), The Space (Ottawa),...

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Book your transition presentation now

Book your transition presentation now

Ready to spread your wings? H’art Centre is here if you! H'art Studio offers limited on-site programming and a virtual H’art Studio program. Remember, you can join Virtual H'art Studio anytime, from anywhere. Teachers, administrators, and parent organizations!...

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Current Project: MixAbilities Inaugural

Current Project: MixAbilities Inaugural

Thanks to the MixAbilities "Inaugural" Project, H'art will invite 10 community artists to complete our MixAbilities Inclusive Arts Training, including a practicum option, and explore our online best practices. We will further build our roster of community artists...

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Finishing up the Season of Solos

Last season, H’art Studio artists explored the driving force of inspiration. They looked at how local artists use their own personal interests to inspire their creations. For instance, some local artists have been inspired to create artwork that features food,...

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CURRENT PROJECT: Finding Good

CURRENT PROJECT: Finding Good

H'art Centre is launching a new season and plans for monthly art projects under the slogan, “Finding Good”. “People have been isolated, missing friends and loved ones, feeling bored, tired, stuck, and out of shape,” said Katherine Porter, Executive Director of H’art...

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H’art presents 2020 Doseger Award

This week at a virtual ceremony, Urooj Salar, a Bachelor of Health Sciences Queen's University student, received the 2020 Brook Catherine Doseger Endowment Fund Award. Urooj, who was the unanimous winner of this year’s award, hopes to pursue a career in health, as she...

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Studio unveils first online art sale

Studio unveils first online art sale

We decided to create a new way for H'art collectors to interact with the work on sale. The long-awaited Small Things art sale is here –– and available to you online! We postponed the sale in the spring but didn't forget the work that went into this collection. To...

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Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our new website

Our shiny new site is live! ✨ With this launch, the last piece of our refreshed brand identity falls into place. We think it captures the energy and enthusiasm of our organization. Check out the new features: A NEW featured...

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New Inclusivity Guide tool launches

New Inclusivity Guide tool launches

H'art launched a new tool last week. The Inclusivity Guide is a one-stop resource for community arts leaders and event organizers. It will help them consider the accessibility of their next art event and encourage the inclusion of individuals with disabilities. This...

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2020 Celebrating Accessibility Awards

2020 Celebrating Accessibility Awards

The City of Kingston informed us we will receive the Celebrating Accessibility Award at a virtual ceremony this year. We will receive the award for developing virtual inclusive arts programming best practices in response to the pandemic. Our main goal was to maintain...

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Your time to train: MixAbilities

Your time to train: MixAbilities

H'art Centre will issue a call to community artists in January. The call will invite them to apply for the next round of our MixAbilities Inclusive Arts Training Program. MixAbilities helps community artists and educators effectively and empathetically support...

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Reimagining Small Things

Reimagining Small Things

Small Things was two weeks from its opening. H'artists were preparing to take the Isabel Bader Human Rights Arts Festival stage. Then, Ontario shut down public performances due to the COVID-19 crisis. Right now, H'art is exploring ways to reinvent and remount our...

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CFKA supports H’art

CFKA supports H’art

This week, H'art Centre received a boost. The Community Foundation for Kingston and Area announced they will provide a one-time $15,000 operational grant. The funds will support our H'art Studio program in 2021. "We look forward to the possibility of moving back to a...

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Virtual program prepares for growth

Virtual program prepares for growth

What's next for "Virtual H'art Studio"? In 2021, H'art will enrich its content and expand its reach. We will look at what made the 2020 Zoom workshops successful. The team will dig into feedback from participants, staff, and consultants. From there, the administration...

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Season of Solos (and safety)

Season of Solos (and safety)

The fall is flying by and we can’t believe that we near the halfway point of November. Both onsite and online H’artists have completed their exploration of local artists' inspirations and are in the creation phase of "Season of Solos". Local artists use personal...

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Meet our 2019 Doseger Award recipient

Meet our 2019 Doseger Award recipient

Congratulations go to Lauren Goulet who was awarded the 2019 Brook Catherine Doseger Award. The award is given to an outstanding post-secondary field placement student each year. With the assistance of the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area, this fund was set...

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Juvenis presents Transmogrification

Juvenis presents Transmogrification

TransmogrificationTHE BOX237 Wellington StreetKingston, Ontario  May 3-5, 2019 | Additional shows at 2:00 pm on Saturday and SundayYouth: $4General: $8Transmogrification is a dance-based, multidisciplinary performance series, that authentically tells the...

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Axé Capoeira Workshops

Axé Capoeira Workshops

Axé Capoeira, Kingston’s premiere Capoeira Academy offers instruction in all aspects of this beautiful Brazilian Art Form: Music, dance, acrobatics, and powerful self-defense. Axé Capoeira Kingston will guide you confidently as a beginner through your first steps on...

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Don Taiko sessions

THE BOX 237 Wellington Street Kingston, Ontario April-May 2018 A Japanese Taiko drumming community-based in Kingston. The group started in the summer of 2013 to perform for Kingston Multicultural Arts Festival. Currently, about 20 people ranging from 5 yrs to adults...

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Reelout & Chipped Off | Cloudburst

Reelout & Chipped Off | Cloudburst

Reelout Arts Project Inc. & Chipped Off Performance Collective present CLOUDBURST a play by Thom FitzgeraldTHE BOX237 Wellington StreetKingston, OntarioNovember 8-11, 2017Reelout Arts Project Inc. & Chipped Off Performance Collective present CLOUDBURST a play...

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Peacequest presents Motherhouse

Peacequest presents Motherhouse

PeaceQuest presents MotherhouseTHE BOX237 Wellington StreetKingston, OntarioFriday April 7th – 7:30pmTickets $10 at the doorPeaceQuest Kingston and Theatre Kingston commemorate the Vimy Ridge battle by holding a staged reading of David Fennario’s Motherhouse, on...

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ASUS Equity presents Down There

ASUS Equity presents Down There

ASUS Equity and Diversity presents Down There THE BOX 237 Wellington Street Kingston, Ontario March 3-5, 2017 Down There is a collection of stories written, directed, and produced by Queen’s students and other talented artists. Down There discusses a range of identity...

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Kingston Drum Circle in THE BOX

Members of the Kingston Drum Circle meet in THE BOX. Weekly community drum circle with a focus on connecting with individuals of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities. Absolutely everyone is welcome! Information about the Kingston Drum Circle can now be found here.

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