We keep you informed about our activities and developments in inclusive arts across Canada.

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 Harry E. Foster Foundation to ask for support for the development and delivery of our new virtual programming. And…

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 us. There were many of you and we wanted to highlight just a couple: Like every…

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 the project. This short and fun collaboration was exactly what we needed while creating at…

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 how inclusive their events are –– their Inclusivity Score. This new tool will be a part of the second…

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 imaginations, while supported through virtual art workshops with community artists, and create new…

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 journey. These workshops are open to all registered H’art Studio artists. If you are a registered…

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 share positive messages with the wider community. Already, artists in our H’art Studio program have…

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 disappointment of cancelled performances, and distressing daily news, as artists we know this can be a moment for resilience and creative thinking. H’art…