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:

Greater Toronto Area

Niagara Region

Sudbury / North Bay

Thunder Bay


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.