Thank you to all the generous donors who supported Artbeat Studio, ensuring the continuation of our unique community-based, peer-directed, mental health and arts programming. We remain inspired and grateful for such tremendous community support.
With the Art Saves Lives 2020 fundraising campaign, we ask for your financial support — donate today to keep Artbeat Studio alive!
Your donations will sustain programs that directly benefit individuals living with mental illness, for the purpose of recovery and empowerment. Individual, group, corporate, or government donor – we need your support. Help us keep our doors open to help those in need of recovery.
Will you support us in decreasing the stigma and discrimination that coincides with mental illness and poverty through positive action, mental health education, and advocacy?
I know that Artbeat saves lives, because it saved mine.
– Diamond Doug Keith, Artbeat Studio Alumnus
The Need for Artbeat Studio in the Community
The statistics are clear. Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians (by age 40) will experience mental illness. 1 in 5 Canadians live with a mental illness each year.*
Mental illness has a substantial impact on the individual, family, and community. It affects people in all occupations, educational and income levels, and cultures. The debilitating effects of mental illness can affect a person’s relationships, employment, and overall well-being.
Barriers and risks experienced by our participants who live with serious mental illness are many and include stigma, discrimination, poverty, addictions, homelessness and suicide.
Community programs are not only cheaper to provide, they are more effective in addressing mental illness in the long-term
– Chris Summerville (Executive Director of Manitoba Schizophrenia Society)
Artbeat Studio is truly unique- there are no similar programs in Canada.
“The benefits of Artbeat Studio extend beyond social inclusion and community participation, it has been empirically shown using both qualitative and quantitative methods to improve mental health symptoms, enhance self-esteem, and increase quality of life” **
Artbeat Studio is in its 16th year of operation and currently runs three major projects that benefit participating artists. The core artist-in-residency program has mentored over 240 artists. Studio Central, Urban Arts Centre is in its 10th year of operation and offers free-of-charge daily art programming, performances, and outreach programs which all contribute to a more vibrant and healthy community serving over 600 individuals each month. Gallery-boutique Upbeat Artworks is a social enterprise open to the public — promoting mental health awareness through the stories and art of Artbeat Studio Alumni.
The ongoing and growing demand for Artbeat Studio’s programming attests to the real need for peer-directed, community based mental health arts programming. Every donation counts. Support healing and empowerment by donating today!
Donations are gratefully accepted online, via e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
4-62 Albert St.
Canadian Registered Charitable Tax Number: 857638340RR0001
From Dec 1st to December 18, 2020, we would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to support healing and recovery through the arts:
Booke & Partners
Assiniboine Credit Union
Dynamic Real Estate
Dr. Scott Roger Hill Medical Corporation
Tara Davis Studio Boutique
Wolfrom Enginieering Ltd.
David and Brynne MacKenzie
Sandy and Debbie Riley
Mary Anne Vanderham
PeaceWorks Technology Solutions
Julie and Ryan Carr
Victoria de Haan-Traa
And many who chose to remain anonymous! Thank you so much!