British Columbia Initiatives

The mission of ARTery Arts and Health Society is to support the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of individuals of all abilities, patients and residents of long-term care, hospitals, and populations affected by gender-based violence by engaging patients, families and staff in creative arts programs that promote well-being and build community. 

Artism is a series of art workshops located at 100 Braid Street Studios in New Westminster, British Columbia.  Purpose: Artism's focus is to instruct individuals with atypical physical and cognitive abilities in an inclusive and supportive environment. Artism is not just about art classes. We pay close attention to developing fine motor skills and promoting positive social behaviours in a safe, fun, and inclusive environment.  Participants: Children and adults with atypical physical and cognitive abilities.

AHA! provides artists with studio space, affordable materials and the opportunity to pursue their aspirations concerning artistic expression. The cooperative believes art is a vital element in tolerance and inclusion and 51% of the membership is made up of artists with special needs. Membership is open to any person over the age of 16 who is an artist or who would like to support artists in the production and marketing of art. 

A non-profit organization of artists who wish to provide an art experience and education with youth living in impoverished communities around the world.  Purpose: To promote peace, understanding, goodwill, and improved health and welfare by providing an arts experience for youth who would otherwise be neglected.

Arts & Alzheimers is an art and music participation program for seniors with dementia living at home with their caregivers; stimulating minds & supporting caregivers.  Purpose: Dementia can affect a person’s ability to communicate leaving them feeling lonely and isolated. Parts of the brain associated with the arts and music remain intact far into the disease.

The Arts Studio is a specialized rehabilitation unit of Vancouver Community Mental Health and Addiction Services. The program offers clinical occupational therapy services, and uses group art instruction to develop an individual's self-management skills, wellness and art skills, leading to recovery and independent community living. Many individuals benefit by taking part in the program and move on to employment and/or further education, opening their own studio and/or selling their artwork.