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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! You can view or download the sale catalogue by clicking on the...

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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 artist section! We will add artists weekly...

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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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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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H’art Studio’s Fall 2020 Programming

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...

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A Message From The Founder: Our Phased Return

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...

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Your look into reopening protocols

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,...

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Virtual H’art Studio attracts artists from a distance

It has been said that there is an opportunity in every crisis. When H'art Centre shut down to on-site programming due to the pandemic, we had no idea what opportunity would arise. Without missing a beat, our instructors and administrators worked hard to deliver...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Your look at online community artist schedule

Your look at online community artist schedule

We are happy to announce the addition of a second Zoom workshop to our weekly schedule. Some of Kingston's most amazing community artists are now leading our H'art Studio artists in different mediums. Here are a few: Tuesday, May 5: Percussion with Daniel Chalmers...

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In the works: art from isolation

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...

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Your peek into Zoom workshops

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...

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A new normal: virtual H’art Studio

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...

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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...

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H’art postpones Small Things

Like you, H'art Centre is closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and related directives. To support community efforts, we have suspended all rehearsals at this time and postponed the performances of SMALL THINGS (scheduled for April 17 & 18)...

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H’art to Develop New Deaf Senior Theatre Production

Grant from the Ontario’s Seniors Community Grant Program Supports Project Beginning this month, seniors who are Deaf will be involved in a new theatre production thanks to a $24,726 grant from the Government of Ontario’s Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility Seniors...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Zena Bernstein Film, Festival Update

The short film we produced on the life and work of artist Zena Bernstein for our recent Able Artist event hit the big screen at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival on Saturday, March 2nd before a sold out crowd as part of Local Shorts, a collection of seven short...

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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,...

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H’art continues a loving legacy

Every year, since his passing in July 2016, H'art has held a special event to honour the legacy of our dear friend Vince. This year was no exception and we gathered again for The Vince Love Club on December 19th. It was a chance for H’art School participants and...

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H’art and Fairmount Home Go Wireless

On December 13, representatives from H’art Centre, Rotary Club of Kingston and Empire Life gathered at Fairmount Home to celebrate the "Go Wireless" pilot project with Fairmount Home’s leaders, recreation staff and residents. Five Smart TV monitors, multiple headsets...

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H’art stages two sold-out performances of The Wishing Tree

On December 8 & 9, 2018, H'art Centre staged two sold-out performances of The Wishing Tree marking a huge success for our first collaboration with artist Suzanne Pasternak. Inspired by local stories and legends of Prince Edward County, The Wishing Tree is a...

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OTF Funds Intergenerational Arts Mixer

OTF Grant to Help H’art Pilot a New Intergenerational Arts Mixer On Sunday, the Ontario Trillium Foundation gave audience members at the finale performance of H’art Centre’s The Wishing Tree something to sing about when it was announced a weekend intergenerational...

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H’art Receives 2018 Celebrating Accessibility Award

H’art Centre is pleased to announce it a recipient of the City of Kingston 2018 Celebrating Accessibility Award in the category of Education for our MixAbilities Artist/Educator Training program. H’art was awarded this honour yesterday at a ceremony held in Memorial...

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