For over two decades ArtHeart has been a stabilizing presence in the community of Regent Park. We provide free visual arts education, programs, materials and a healthy snack to the children and youth, as well as a hot nutritious meal to adults and seniors living in Regent Park and the surrounding neighbourhoods. Through the programs, ArtHeart provides participants with a supportive environment in which they can create and learn, build self-esteem and develop life skills. By putting their hands and imaginations to work, our participants are empowered to improve their quality of life.
Our participants range in age from children through to seniors. Many of ArtHeart participants live below the poverty line. Our adult participants often face issues concerning unemployment, intellectual or physical disability, mental health, homelessness, substance abuse, social isolation, discrimination, and newcomer challenges. Participants come from a variety of cultures, religions and backgrounds from around the world. The Regent Park community consists of many immigrants, the origins of which are continually changing, thus requiring ArtHeart to continuously evolve to meet the needs of this community.
Build self-esteem and self-reliance for children, youth, adults and families in the Regent Park Community by providing free community visual arts education, programs, materials and nourishment in an open, safe, warm, supportive environment.
What People Are Saying
"Rick looked like the men we pass on the street — the men we often shun. But Rick wasn’t homeless and he wasn’t a panhandler. I learned this as we bonded over art."
— By: Donna Tranquada, Read More
"We are starting up our afterschool programs for another school year, and we are interested in working back with you guys for the art heart program. Our members enjoyed the program so much last year that it was one of the most recommended programs that they wanted to see again this year."
— - David Metilelu – Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club
"I like art because I can make art. I like to draw."
— - Austin (age 8)
"I like art heart because they are always possitive. I enjoy painting hear too. "
— – Gabriella (age 10)
"Artheart is a wonderful experience to enrich your artistic skills. You are given the opportunity to experience many diverse art forms in an non-discriminating atmosphere."
— - K.Bowan
"I like coming to Sunday family programming because I get to be creative and spend time with my daughter. We love here."
— - Sophie