How You Can Help

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Creating Recovery:  We are on a mission to close the mental health-funding gap, by providing resources to a vulnerable population in need.  Art allows those suffering from mental illness and addiction to gain confidence, direction and a sense of self-worth.  We help fund The Art Studios to make sure it survives.  Without our help the Youth Program, in particular, couldn’t run.  And our own Weekend Open Studio program keeps people connected to their community and support systems as they create and enjoy art.

 

How Your Donation Helps:

$25 will help pay for art supplies for our Weekend Open Studio program for one week.

$45 will pay for art supplies and healthy snacks for a Youth and Young Adult class.

$67 will put a Youth through a 10-week program of art classes supported by us.

$105 pays for the Youth Class instructor for 3 weeks.

$675 will pay for a week of Open Studio on Saturday for up to 30 people.

We are a society run totally by volunteers, so each dollar makes a difference.  You will receive a tax receipt

There are four ways to make a gift:

 

  1. Gifts by credit card: Gifts by credit card can be made on line by clicking the DONATE NOW button.  A tax receipt is immediately generated

  1. Gifts by cheque in the mail:  Gifts by cheque are welcome and can be sent to:

Vancouver Recovery Through Art Society

 2005 East 44th Avenue,

Vancouver, BC

V5P 1N1

  1. Gifts by Personal delivery:  Gifts can be delivered in person to us by dropping by Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm -with the exception of the noon hour and Tuesday afternoon being closed. Come take a look at a working art studio:

The Art Studios

2005 East 44th Avenue

Vancouver, BC

 at the corner of Victoria Drive and 44th Avenue

  1. Gifts by Securities: Securities and mutual funds are a great way to donate with tax benefits available. Our DONATE NOW button can handle securities or please contact us at contact@vrtas.ca or phone 604-250-4528

Our impact

Almost 300 clients are active at The Art Studios and have been referred through their medical professionals – Doctors, Community Mental Health Teams, Psychiatrists, hospitals and more.

The Art Studio Impact Study, a yearlong evaluation finished in 2016 by researchers at UBC shows the very positive impact of art and The Art Studios. The presentation booklet is available –     pdf

The Outcomes

Before coming to The Studios many clients have trouble just getting out of the house. Our programs provide them with structure, enjoyment, community and a safe respectful place to grow.

Results from Spring 2016 show how Recovery Through Art works!

  • 10 clients are now employed as instructors

  • 15 clients now volunteer as class assistant, mentor, and peer support

  • 44 clients are showing art in the community

  • 10 clients are organizing public exhibitions

  • 8 clients are in an advisory committee

  • 10 clients have gone on to university or college level learning

  • 5 clients now teach art in the community

  • 30 clients started part-time jobs

  • 5 clients resumed completion of Masters and PhD programs

  • 20 clients opened their own studio or set-up home studio

  • 20 clients sold significant numbers of artwork to public

 

“Recreation’s purpose is not to kill time, but to make life, not to keep a person occupied, but to keep them refreshed; not to offer an escape from life, but to provide a discovery of life.” ~ Author Unknown