The Art Studios 25th Anniversary and Summer Sale
July 21 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
The Art Studios, with great pride and excitement is celebrating 25 years of Recovery Through Art. The Art Studios recovery-through-art program at the corner of Victoria Drive and East 44th Avenue is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary this year which includes a summer sale, open house and an barbeque, food & beverage, art activities & demonstrations, entertainment & kids area with the street on 44th Avenue closed to the alley from Victoria Drive. We are reaching out to our neighbouring communities (Victoria. Fraserview & South Vancouver) to let people know about the Art Studios by building a sense of community while celebrating our innovative art and mental health program. We provide a safe, respectful and accepting community where people with a mental health diagnosis can grow through participation in art
The Art Studios, an idea that began in 1992, has been a unique, nationally-recognized therapeutic haven for many living with a mental health diagnosis and/or addictions. The Peer Support model, run and organized by mental health consumers, builds self-esteem and empowers people to acquire a sense of control over their individual health care. Moving towards self-expression as a form of self-integration, it is more than just a leisure program. It’s a way of healing.
“The Art Studios is a safe, respectful and accepting community where people with a major mental illness diagnosis, in co-operation with rehabilitation staff, provide opportunities to grow through participation in art.”
The fact that The Art Studios has become so popular, for so long is a measure of the success of this cooperative model.
In December 2012, The Vancouver Recovery Through Art Society (VRTAS) was created by current and former instructors and members of The Art Studios who witness the power of recovery from mental illness and addictions through art: learning about it, creating it, and enjoying it.
The Fiddle Faddle Arts Center (now The Art Studios) began in 1992 with the idea that people have many creative talents that survive and grow despite the devastating effects of mental illness. It became clear from feedback from other mental health teams, including The Kettle Friendship Society and West Coast Mental Health Network, that the need for a studio space for clients from all groups was needed.
The dream of a dedicated art space for began to take shape. Led by Juanita Spurrell and Regina Casey, Mental Health Occupational Therapists, Psych Nurses and Rehabilitation Assistants a proposal was submitted to the Executive Director of Greater Vancouver Mental Health Services. He agreed that there was a need and provided a space. In September 1994 the now named Art Studios opened its doors on Quebec St. in Vancouver.
See website: http://theatrstudios.wordpress.vcn.bc.ca/home-page/a-brief-history-of-the-art-studios/