Art Saves Lives 2021

August 10, 2021

At Artbeat Studio Inc, we know that creative practice has huge benefits for mental health. Literally, art saves lives. That’s why we use that sentiment as the name of our annual fundraising campaign.

Illustration of sunset coloured in to represent funds raised

Fundraising Thermometer: As of our campaign launch on August 23, 46 generous donors (individual, group, corporate) from our community have raised $8625

Help us colour in this original artwork with your donations toward our campaign goal of $50,000!

Follow our progress online here or on social media. All donations over $20 receive a Charitable Tax Receipt.


Thank you to all the generous donors last year 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 2021 fundraising campaign, we ask for your financial support — donate today to keep our heARTBEAT strong!

Our goal of $50,000 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. Keep our heARTBEAT going for many years to come!

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]

Artbeat saved my life, gave me hope, and memories of love and acceptance. Forever grateful and forever changed.

– Michelle Pahpasay, Group 19 Artist 


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-residence program has mentored over 240 artists. Studio Central, Urban Arts Centre is in its 9th year of operation and offers free-of-charge daily art programming 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, in person at Artbeat Studio, Studio Central, and Upbeat Artworks, 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!


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Interested in volunteering for the campaign to keep Artbeat Studio alive? Email us at


* Making the Case for Investing in Mental Health in Canada.  Mental Health Commission of Canada

** El-Gabalawy, R., Bone, T., & Holm, S. (June, 2016). Participatory Arts Programs in Canada: Current status and future directions. Workshop presented at the annual Psychosocial Rehabilitation of Canada national conference: “Recovering: you & me & everyone”, Thunder Bay, ON

***Original artwork by Ksenia Broda-Milian. [hr]