Our vision is to live in a world where the arts are recognized as essential to the well being and health of everyone.

Weekly Drop-in For Women

We are excited about opening up our weekly creative arts drop-in called "Create-A-Space" to all women in the Ottawa-Gatineau area who have experienced homelessness, are at-risk of becoming homeless and to women who have experienced mental health issues.

See poster for more information

Youth Cre8: Art and Mental Health
Final Celebration Event

As part of Mental Health Week 2015, Artswell is celebrating on May 6 Youth Cre8: Art and Mental Health, the completion of a series of expressive arts workshops over five months.

Youth Cre8 is a community-based project in partnership with Richard Pfaff Secondary Alternate Program​ and First Place Alternative School in Ottawa and is generously funded by TELUS​ Community Investment Fund.

For more information listen to Hallie Cotnam's interview about Youth Cre8 on CBC Ottawa Morning.

For more information see program

Community Partnership Provides Homeless and At-Risk Women a Safe Space to Come Together and Create Art

Ottawa, January 22, 2015… A partnership between Artswell and Cornerstone – Housing for Women has brought together the arts and women, homelessness, supportive housing and community building. A 30 week pilot program starting January 2015 and funded by the Community Foundation of Ottawa, “Create-A-Space” is a weekly art drop-in held at the Bronson Centre for women residing at Cornerstone’s emergency shelter and three supportive housing buildings.

For more information see Media Release

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Footprints Final Celebration!

After two successful years, Footprints to Recovery: Creativity and Mental Health is coming to an end. Please join us in our final celebratory event on Wednesday, May 7 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Bronson Centre. There will be music, poetry, art, food and lots of fun!

RSVP before May 2 at artswellottawa@gmail.com.

For more information see our Poster or Media Release

Launching a new Creative Arts Program in Smiths Falls this Spring!

In collaboration with Stone Gate Services, Artswell will be offering an 8-week creative arts program in Smiths Falls on Wednesday afternoons starting March 26, 2014.

For more information about the program, contact Artswell at 613-250-0642 or artswellottawa@gmail.com.

For more information on Stone Gate Services, visit their website at http://www.stonegateservices.org/

See our poster

Community Partnership Provides an Innovative Creative Arts Program for Women in Recovery from Addictions

A partnership between Artswell and Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre has brought together the arts and women's recovery. A pilot program starting winter 2014 and funded by the Community Foundation of Ottawa, "Art and Recovery" is an eight week series of expressive art therapy workshops for women working on their recovery from alcohol, drug use or gambling addictions.

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Artswell's 1st Open House/
Art Drop-In

Meet our artists, board members and volunteers, learn about upcoming art programs in the community and make art.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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We’ve moved!

Artswell is now located at the Bronson Centre www.bronsoncentre.ca. In addition to providing art programming at your facility, we will also be hosting workshops at the Bronson Centre. Stay tuned for more information! Our new mailing address is:

211 Bronson Ave, Room 224
Ottawa, ON K1R 6H4

We also have a new email address: artswellottawa@gmail.com.

Our phone number is the same: 613-250-0642.

Mission and Mandate

Artswell is a registered charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and well being of individuals living with the effects of age, illness or injury.  Our goal is to empower individuals and communities through exposure to and engagement in the arts.

Artswell’s mission is devoted to promoting the arts as an agent for healing, believing that creative expression plays a key role in sustaining and restoring the health of the body, mind and spirit.

We design and deliver: interactive creative; expressive arts programs; community arts projects; creativity and wellness workshops; and presentations for hospitals, long-term care facilities, palliative care, support centres and communities where accessibility is vital and special requirements are factors. We offer respite and support to families, staff and caregivers.

Our programs serve people of all ages and conditions both within institutional settings and the broader community. We are a mobile arts and health service and we hire, on a contract basis, trained, professional, multi disciplinary artists and therapists to facilitate our programs and projects.

Trillium Foundation puts $80,000 into a unique community-wide project by Artswell and Salus

Find out more and discover how your community can join in.

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The Maplesoft Centre, Canada's first Cancer Survivorship Centre in Ottawa

The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation opened The Maplesoft Centre, Canada's first Cancer Survivorship Centre in Ottawa in 2011.

It is a unique place where cancer patients and their families as well as caregivers, go for coaching and programs designed to engage educate and empower them with the tools and resources they need to improve their overall quality of life throughout their cancer journey.

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Art Sparks

Artswell brings unique project to Alzheimer's Society clients.

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Artswell is grateful for the successful partnerships we have formed (PDF, 226 KB).

For more information, please contact:

Tracy Luciani

Tel: 613.250.0642
Email: artswellottawa@gmail.com

A Call to Federal Public Servants

Each September, when the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign starts, federal public servants have the opportunity to direct their charitable donations to a specific charity. If you are looking for somewhere to direct your donations, choose Artswell. Artswell provides quality arts programming to improve the quality of life of individuals living with the effects of age, injury or illness. We offer specialized programs for individuals and groups struggling with many challenges: dementia, mental illness, addictions, unstable housing and disability; and offer respite for family members and caregivers. More and more research is showing the health benefits of engaging in the arts. A donation can help provide individuals with access to the transformative power of the arts as part of their recovery journey. All you have to do is write Artswell's charitable number (864335435RR0001) on your form or on your online donation.