Artbeat Studio is a program which is mental health consumer initiated, peer-supported, and recovery-oriented. This community-based studio accommodates artists whose mental health, social connection, and income make it difficult for them to individually acquire a workspace to advance their artistic technique safely and securely.
The artists are supported and mentored in managing their own workplace, production, and marketing within the operating parameters of the studio.
Studio Facilitator Lisa Obirek as well as other Artbeat staff and volunteers work with the artists to set goals, explore techniques, and find support. Read Lisa’s letter to the community here.
The Selection Process
Note: Artbeat Studio is an evolving organization and the artists selected will be involved in shaping the operating procedures and practices to be adopted and implemented. This “uncharted journey” requires flexibility, openness and the willingness to learn as we go.
For any assistance in completing the application form and/or general information about Artbeat Studio, please call us at (204) 943-5194 or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Personal Tour
Before applying, a personal tour of the Artbeat Studio facility is strongly recommended. Please call to schedule a tour. Due to COVID-19 tours can only involve one “bubble” of people. They will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings at 10:30 or on weekdays at 4:00. You must call or email ahead of time to schedule a tour.
• Completed application form
• Letter of support from your Mental Health Support Person
• Three (3) references with contact information
To download the Artist Application for Residency and Resident Artist Policies, see the download links in the right sidebar.
3. Intake Interviews
Intake interviews, with a group of applicants, occur twice yearly. The selection panel could consist of the Studio Facilitator, Executive Director, other Artbeat staff member, a board representative, a professional artist, Artbeat alumni artist and/or a healthcare professional. Artists may choose to have their mental health support person at the interview. Samples of artwork (portfolio) is required for the interview.
4. Orientation Period
Artists participate in a 30-day orientation period to demonstrate their interest and see whether the program is a good fit. Terms of an agreement between the individual artist and Artbeat Studio are confirmed based on mutual satisfaction at the end of this period.