Ontario Initiatives

Each year, Programs for 50+ at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education presents a public festival of creativity and ideas. The 50+ Festival (formerly known as The Silver Screens Arts Festival) celebrates the arts, live theatre, film, and music. It also features an array of lectures by renowned speakers that reflect the content offered by Programs for 50+.

Family Services Ottawa provides services and programs that help make lasting improvements in people’s lives.  One of their many programs is The Art Studio, a unique service for artists who live with mental illness. The studio offers a safe creative space where artists living with mental illness can pursue their art, which otherwise might be limited by their illness or the poverty with which mental illness is often associated.

The Estelle Craig ACT II STUDIO is a theatre program in Programs 50+, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University in Toronto Ontario.  The studio provides training and performance opportunities for adults 50 plus to nurture their creativity and develop their skills in the dramatic arts, and to serve the community by developing and presenting theatrical projects which increase awareness and challenge stereotypes about aging, health, and other social issues.   

Touched By Fire is a non-profit peer support and recovery program that celebrates, supports, and inspires the work of artists with mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

An initiative of the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, the program includes an inclusive, non-juried on-line gallery and an annual juried exhibition – “the art show you have to be crazy to enter.”

UNITY, a registered Canadian charity, uses the arts to empower youth with the confidence and skills for success.  UNITY engages youth 10 to 18 by implementing school and community programs helping youth positively express their stress and develop skills for success. UNITY empowers youth to make better choices as leaders, mentors and positive community role models leading to more productive citizens, safer schools, and healthier communities.

The Workman Arts Project of Ontario (Workman Arts), was founded in 1988 as a professional arts company to support aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues, who are committed to developing their art forms. The participating artists are also committed to promoting a greater understanding of mental illness and addiction through film, theatre, visual arts, music and the literary arts.