Art Saves Lives 2020 – Thanks to Our Donors!

December 18, 2020

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?

Yes, I will donate to Artbeat Studio![hr]

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 or by mail to:

Artbeat Studio
4-62 Albert St.
Winnipeg MB
R3B 1E9

Canadian Registered Charitable Tax Number: 857638340RR0001


Yes, I will donate to Artbeat Studio!


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

Monopoly Realty

Dr. Scott Roger Hill Medical Corporation

PKF Lawyers

Tara Davis Studio Boutique

Wolfrom Enginieering Ltd.

David and Brynne MacKenzie

Lois Klaponski 

Sandy and Debbie Riley 

Claude Davis


Mary Anne Vanderham

Payworks Inc.

PeaceWorks Technology Solutions

Gina Hoe

Ken Klassen

Leanne Baldwin

Renee El-Gabalawy

Audrey Miller-Cheyne

Coralie Bryant

Kelly Southworth

Mark Ahrens-Townsend

Zephyra Vun

Deanna Ng

Laurel Schellenberg

Ryan Wagner

Nick Reeves

Will Petricko

Russell Haggerty

Todd Scaletta

Doug Smith

Viola Davidson

Gio Guzzi

Steve Broda-Milian

Leona Brown

Barbara Macdonell

Jocelyn Bartel

Danae Froese

Jae Felicitas

Julie and Ryan Carr

Ernie Bart

Sarah Joaquin

Tyler Pearce

Teresa Campbell

Susan Wolf

Mike Stainton

Lauren Reeves

Nadine Dannenberg

Yvonne Block

Kristen  McLean

Charlene Diehl

Victoria de Haan-Traa

Sherry Wallis

Goldy Dyson

Francene Adelman

Bernice Parent

Katie Peterson

Jeremy Hull

Manfred Schulz

And many who chose to remain anonymous! Thank you so much!