Artbeat Studio receives a $20,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund

 Bell Lets Talk 2017

Artbeat Studio receives a $20,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund for
Artists-in-residency Recovery Project

Winnipeg, MB, January 25, 2017 – Artbeat Studio is pleased to receive a $20,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to support the expansion of our Artists-in-residency Recovery Project.

Artbeat Studio is a unique community-based, peer directed program that provides social supports, free working art studio/gallery space and mentorship for individuals living with mental illness for the purpose of recovery and empowerment.

“Every movement requires a first step. We are fortunate that we have so many who walk with us on the journey,” said Manny Schulz, Artbeat Studio Board Chair. “Our artists, alumni, volunteers, staff and community supporters are the ones who provide the inspiration and strength for us. Thank you Bell Let’s Talk for supporting Artbeat Studio.”

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will be used to enhance the current residency program by implementing a comprehensive music performance and writing component and will include expanding the organization’s reach to artists from across Manitoba in northern and rural regions. Modelled after the successful Workman Arts project in Toronto, Artbeat Studio will expand to include a music program that will provide career path opportunities for video/audio performance recording and live performance opportunities.

“Bell Let’s Talk is proud to support Artbeat Studio in its work to improve the lives of people in Winnipeg living mental health issues through the Artists-in-residency program,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “Artbeat Studio is one of 7 groups helping Manitobans living with a mental illness and their families receiving grants from the 2016 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund.”

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day

Today for every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell Canada customers, every tweet and Instagram post using #BellLetsTalk, every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk, and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Snapchat  geofilter, Bell will donate five cents to support Canadian mental health programs.

Bell Let’s Talk now has its own hashtag emoji on Twitter. Now, whenever you type #BellLetsTalk or #BellCause in Twitter, the Bell Let’s Talk logo automatically appears at the end of the hashtag.

Bell’s donations are made at no extra charge to Bell Let’s Talk Day participants, though normal long distance or text charges if any, apply.

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk,

About Artbeat Studio Inc.

Artbeat Studio is a unique community based, peer directed program that provides social supports, working art studio and gallery space, and mentorship for individuals living with mental illness for the purpose of recovery and empowerment. Artbeat Studio is a non-profit registered charity committed to decreasing stigma and discrimination that coincides with mental illness and poverty through positive action, mental health education and advocacy.

Services are provided free of charge to participants. The intended beneficiaries include each participant artist, their caregivers, the local inner city community, and society as a whole.