Workman Arts

Social isolation is a key predictor of poor mental health outcomes.

When one of our main programming principles is bringing people together to reduce social isolation through art, how does our work change when governments are recommending self-imposed isolation to help stop the spread of COVID-19? As programming has pivoted to face the new realities of the current pandemic, we know that creating community connection remains crucial, now more than ever! Some changes that have been happening as we #WorkmanFromHome include mailing materials to artists so they can participate in classes meeting by Zoom, a “Virtual Front Desk” staffed by our wonderful peer supporters, and changing the food share program to an emergency bursary. We are learning much in the process about reaching people where they are, and the lessons we’re learning will continue to help us reach the most socially isolated and vulnerable individuals once shelter in place orders have been lifted and we’re all able to gather together again.

While much of the world has stopped or slowed down, our mission of supporting artists with lived experience cannot be put on pause. That's why today we’re asking you to help make it achievable to continue to offer as many classes and opportunities as possible by becoming a monthly donor.

Our monthly donors are a dedicated group of supporters who provide consistent and sustainable funding for Workman Arts, allowing us to spend more time and resources devoted to our mission of supporting artists living with mental health and addiction experiences. Joining our monthly giving program is also the safest, simplest and most effective way to support artists with lived experience as we adapt to ever-changing circumstances due to COVID-19.

While we’re all facing new challenges at this time, we hope that knowing that your generosity has provided crucial programming to help fight social isolation for artists with lived experience will help you feel more connected to your community. To become a monthly donor, click here and select the “monthly” option from the “How often do you want to make this donation?” drop-down menu.

On behalf of all of us at Workman Arts, thank you for being a part of our community. We wish you and your loved ones health, safety and happiness during these strange and challenging times.

If you’re not ready to become a monthly donor right now, you can still help out by clicking here to give a one-time donation or by forwarding this page to your family and friends. We’d really appreciate it! If you’re looking for resources to help you during this difficult time, or if you know of someone else who is, please visit or share our list of community resources here.

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