Living Through the Arts® is an inspirational program sparking the creative imagination in adults, youth, and children, and igniting unique artistic expression. An innovation of the Learning Through the Arts® program of The Royal Conservatory, Living Through the Arts nurtures creativity, builds self-knowledge and self-esteem, fosters mutual respect, and encourages the expression and celebration of creativity and identity — both individually and socially.
Living Through the Arts mission: To develop human potential by empowering individuals and communities through artistic self-expression and creativity.
We partner with social service organizations to meet the needs of clients from different demographic groups to provide arts-based workshop sessions and artist professional development and support. We aim to promote the arts for healthy living by recognizing that the arts provide us with the opportunity to communicate more effectively through various art forms, thereby promoting a sense of personal capacity and meaning as well as working together in creative problem solving.
Living Through the Arts provides programming in the following regions in Ontario:
Outreach Clientele: Living Through the Arts® conducts a needs assessment of each organization to determine appropriate artists and art form fit for each demographic and group. We recognize the importance of building and establishing relationships and trust. The following is a list of the various demographics that are served by our partner organizations:
|Aboriginal communities||Adults with mental illness||People recovering from addiction||Homeless youth and adults|
|Youth with mental illness||People with eating disorders||Adults who have suffered from stroke||Gay and transgendered youth|
|Youth at risk||People with intellectual disabilities||People with Parkinson’s disease||Youth struggling with substance abuse|
|Adults living with HIV/AIDS||People with acquired brain injury||Seniors||Youth facing barriers to employment|
|Hepatitis C clients||People with physical challenges||Immigrant women and children||Low-income and under-housed adults|
|Children and families from low-income neighbourhoods||People with developmental challenges||Women who are experiencing trauma or abuse||Adults with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease|
Artistic Disciplines: Living Through the Arts® employs specially trained professional artists to conduct workshops in a wide variety of arts disciplines, including, but not limited to, the following examples:
|Creative Writing||Video & Photography||Music||Dance||Visual Arts||Textiles|
|Spoken Word||Media Arts||Drumming & Percussion||Creative Movement||Clay & Pottery||Mixed Media|
|Drama||Puppetry||Singing & Songwriting||Hip Hop Dance||Drawing & Painting||Mural Making|
To explore our extensive LTTA Artist Roster (by region and/or arts discipline) please click here.
Living Through the Arts is a member of Arts Health Network Canada.