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Welcome to VRTAS

The Vancouver Recovery Through Art Society believes in recovery from mental illness and addiction through art: learning about it, creating it, enjoying it.  We believe The Art Studios is the best available program of its kind and we want it to survive and thrive!

VRTAS can be contacted via:

Bev Knight

or by our contact form

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Please note: All programs are managed and run by The Art Studios.

For more information about The Art Studios and its programs, please call 604-871-9788

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VRTAS Fundraiser, Thursday, June 11th

+-*You are cordially invited to join Vancouver Recovery Through Art Society for our Fundraising Launch Party.    Invite Link Join us for our launch on June 11 where we will reveal our first awareness video and fundraising platform to support initiatives that create recovery from addictions and mental illness through arts!!! We would love to …

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Colleen being interviewed for City Tv the day after - Copy (2)


+-*My name is Colleen. When I was 22 years old I had my first nervous breakdown and was diagnosed as Bi-Polar, with PTSD and Anxiety.  After initial bad experiences with doctors and medication, I refused to take any medication for years.  And I refused to accept my diagnosis.  There was more prejudice back then so …

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The Art Studios’ Facebook Comment

+-*Posted by Sheila Gamblen on The Art Studio’s Facebook June 25, 2013 at 2:24am   I can remember the days when there were some O.T.s who ran some classes in printmaking, drawing, pottery and painting. But they had a big dream of having a program called “The Art Studios” where there would be a variety …

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+-*At 56 Yaho has “learned’ to be content doing his art. Since 2007 he has participated in many classes, workshops and open studios at The Art Studios. With fond memories, of art classes of old he had a lot of pleasure working with the various Occupational Therapists and Rehab Therapists of Art Studios in and …

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+-*My name is Iris, I have a diagnosis of Clinical Depression, Anxiety and P.T.S.D.  I have been coming to the Art Studio for the last six years. At first I was very reluctant to go, it took me a couple of months just to be able to sign up for it. When I was called …

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Members of VRTAS and The Art Studios and supporters protest the funding cuts to mental health programs, including The Art Studios' program, July 2013

Unique Vancouver Art Program Temporarily Saved by Anonymous Donors

+-*LINK  By Scott McLean  Global News Clients of a unique art program, put on the chopping block last month by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), are now breathing a sigh of relief. The Art Studios Program, aimed at helping people with mental health and addiction issues has been run by VCH for the past decade, but after the latest round of …

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