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Workman Arts: An Overview

Workman Arts: An Overview
Mt. Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave., 15th Fl. classroom
Time: Mar 31st, 12:00 pm End: Mar 31st, 1:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Science/Technology, Psychology, Psychoanalytic, Psychiatry, Music, Faculty of , English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Canada, Art (FAS), 2000-
Workman Arts facilitates development for artists with mental health and addiction issues.

Program in Narrative and Healthcare Humanities, University of Toronto presents
Workman Arts:  An Overview
Discussant: Lisa Brown

Workman Arts (WA) facilitates aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art form through its arts training programs, public performance/exhibit opportunities and partnering with other art organizations. As well, WA promotes a greater public understanding of mental illness and addiction through the creation, presentation and discussion of artistic media.
Brief History:
Workman Arts (WA), established in 1987, was founded by Lisa Brown on the principle that the creative process is integral to the quest for personal and spiritual development.
What began as a company of eight Members (individuals with mental illness and addiction issues with limited theatre training) has evolved into a professionally recognized multi-disciplinary arts organization with over 230 active Members, all with artistic abilities and goals.  WA has worked with thousands of artists with mental health and addiction issues who have performed/displayed to hundreds of thousands of people.  Many Members have had the opportunity to work/perform with top professional artists in prestigious venues in Canada and abroad.  In the various artistic media, WA has produced more than 20 original full-length Canadian plays, 18 ‘Rendezvous with Madness Film Festivals’, 10 Annual ‘Being Scene’ Art Exhibitions, four multi-disciplinary festivals and one international festival, the ‘Madness and Arts’ World Festival. WA offers year round training programs in all disciplines to its members as well as a vibrant youth program, presenting films, theatre productions and artists’ talks to elementary and high school students in the Greater Toronto Area.  WA has formed partnerships with hundreds of organizations within Toronto, across the country and around the world.   The WA community of artists and programs now represents a world class model that has been replicated locally, nationally and internationally.
Workman Arts is an arts and mental health company known internationally for its artistic collaborations, presentations, knowledge exchange, best practices, and research in the area of the impact of the arts on the quality of life of people living with mental illness and addiction.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
15th Floor Classroom
Mount Sinai Hospital
Brown Bag - BYOL
(RSVP to wsmid@mtsinai.on.ca or 416-586-4800 ext. 8325)

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