Calling all artists, creatives, and arts enthusiasts! Many artists and arts workers have been severely impacted by the pandemic. The challenges of this past year have taken a toll on the mental health and overall well-being of those in the creative community. It is crucial now, more than ever, to come together and support each other.
Artscape recognizes the need for wellness programming within our creative community. We have listened to your and have partnered with program practitioners to develop the Artscape Wellness Program. This program aims to provide resources and support for the creative mind, helping individuals develop resilience and navigate the challenges of the arts industry.
The Artscape Wellness Program focuses on four core pillars: physical wellness, mental wellness, emotional wellness, and financial wellness. We understand that accessibility to support services is a significant barrier for many artists and creative entrepreneurs. With this in mind, we have designed the program to address equity gaps and provide accessible wellness resources for all.
Here’s what you can expect from the Artscape Wellness Program:
Bi-Monthly In-Person Wellness Events/Workshops: Join us for invaluable conversations, experiences, and networking opportunities. These events and workshops will cover various aspects of wellness that affect both your work and personal life. From workshops and group wellness classes to wellness fairs and markets, there will be something for everyone!
Virtual Wellness Workshops: We understand that not everyone can attend in-person events, so we are offering virtual workshops as well. These workshops will cater to your needs, including mobility, stretching, mindfulness, meditation, and skill-building. Hosted by Artscape’s digital hub, artsUNITE, these virtual workshops will be easily accessible, allowing you to participate from the comfort of your own space.
Wellness Vouchers: In partnership with Toronto-based providers, we are pleased to offer a limited number of wellness vouchers for program participants. These vouchers are aimed at encouraging support for the local economy while providing access to essential wellness services. We believe that everyone deserves access to these resources, regardless of financial constraints.
Resource Bank: Finding the right wellness practitioners and services can be challenging. To make it easier for Artscape stakeholders, we have created a virtual resource bank. This platform will help you navigate and connect with wellness practitioners who can meet your specific needs. The resource bank will be available through the artsUNITE hub, ensuring that you can find the support you need with just a few clicks.
Artscape Wellness 2023 is scheduled to run July – December 2023 across the city at the following Artscape Hubs (including but not limited to): Artscape Wychwood Barns, Artscape Weston Common, Daniels Spectrum, Artscape Daniels Launchpad, Artscape Youngplace and virtually on artsUNITE.
At present, our Wellness plans consist of a number of wellness events including a wellness market, workshops, and provision of access to a wide range of wellness resources. In doing so, we would be excited to support independent tenant/owner ideas as well as tenant/owner collectives/collaborators.
The types of participation we are requesting includes:
· Workshop proposals (singular and series options will be considered)
· Vendor participation in wellness markets
All applications will be reviewed and selected by a group of knowledgeable community members following the application deadline. All applicants will be contacted regarding their participation.
Requirements for services and workshops offered include:
- Resources are accessible and meet the needs of equity-seeking groups
- All workshops and events must be free of charge for attendees
- Workshops and event attendance is open and available to all
Join us in embracing wellness and resilience. Together, let’s create a community that uplifts and supports one another.
Are you a wellness practitioner who would like to lead workshops for the creative community? Submit an application at the link below.
How to apply
Below are the two opportunities available for you to apply for:
- Wellness Market Vendor
We are hosting two markets: Saturday July 8th at Artscape Wychwood Barns and Saturday November 4th at Daniels Spectrum. If you provide services, offer products or have knowledge to share within the wellness categories listed above, we invite you to submit an application!
To apply follow this link
- Request for Workshop Proposals: Wellness Program
There are a number of workshop opportunities available. Please submit a program proposal, past experience and estimated budget for the program. (A budget template is attached to this email for your use.)
To apply follow this link
The deadline to apply for both opportunities is June 9, 2023 at 5:00PM.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions regarding Artscape Wellness 2023, project feasibility, research, or our application. Or reach out directly to email@example.com with further questions.
Artscape encourages applications from those that represent the full diversity of communities in Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, class, gender, race and sexual orientation. Please let us know if you have any needs for accommodation throughout the process by contacting Wellness@Artscape.ca