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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…

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…

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…

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, when applied with consistency, will inevitably improve skills, artistic work, and…

Special Like You draws praise, ovation

More than 70 people came out for “Special Like You”. Our artists enjoyed thrilling applause and a standing ovation – thank you! Special Like You was a thematic exploration of nature, the elements, animals, and transformation through dance and theatre. This presentation, created and performed by H’art School artists and instructor Jessica Irwin, shared the results of the 2018 summer program called Moving in…

H’art to train more artists and educators with new blueprint

Over the last year, friends and former board members Peter Wolf and Bonnie Henderson and graduate student Sarah Carroll prepared a six-module training course, called MixAbilities. The modules formalize H’art Centre’s current practices and will ensure a standard for training future artists and educators to deliver our inclusive arts approach. We can’t wait to launch the program in 2018/19.…