The Willow Community is a non-profit arts organization located in the Niagara region created with the purpose of integrating people who receive mental health and addiction services with professionals in the Ontario arts community. We promote, support, encourage, and train our members by providing artistic opportunities for those persons to channel their creative energy, in a productive manner, in a working arts environment. We aim to increase the public’s awareness of mental health by emphasizing through various artistic forums how the creative process flourishes within many persons receiving mental health and addiction services all while enhancing vocational and employment opportunities.
We receive referrals from social service care providers in Niagara such as: Canadian Mental Health Association of Niagara, Niagara Region Mental Health, Start Me Up Niagara, Niagara Health System, Brain Injury Community Re-Entry Niagara, CARSON, CASON, and Quest Community Health.
Our office is located at Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University and we provide programming at that location as well as The Niagara Artist Centre and Mahtay Café. We work with professional artists and other arts organizations in the Niagara region to provide programming to our members.
Founder/Executive Director, The Willow Community