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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 mark another first for H’art Centre, a story told primarily through dance and documentary. “This unique work marries…

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 Ontario artists, arts professionals, ad hoc groups/collectives and arts organizations to promote their artwork to…

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 of The Conservatory, to deliver inclusive dance workshops this season as part of a project called “Love of Dance”. This project is part of H’art Centre’s…

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 valid CPIC, Complete our City of Kingston Celebrating Accessibility Award-winning MixAbilities Inclusive Arts training program, Availability during dance workshop schedule, and High interest in learning from…

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 community inclusion. Studio artists will explore the theme further through dance, movement, music, textile-based creations, and…

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 have a few fun stats to share! 37 weekend workshops 800+ attendees 75% of attendees were senior residents Almost 25%  were family, friends…

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 2019-2020 season. Asking everyone to dance! A season devoted to dance has been a long time coming.  At H’art Centre, we’ve learned…

Julie Gourdier

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 and fun-filled celebration will feature: VIP Guest Vocalist Miss Emily, an acoustic performance by…

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 community-theatre space, THE BOX. In late August, three sets of 3-tier “tip’n’roll” bleacher-style seats were delivered and assembled and now provide seating for 76…

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 impact and where we are going. I wanted to take…