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Workman Arts Satellite East
A unique ongoing partnership in support of mental health
Various Locations, Ongoing

Thanks to a $1 million investment over four years from the Slaight Family Foundation, Workman Arts is expanding its art training programs throughout the GTA by partnering with East End Arts, and the city’s other LASOs.

Over the coming years, we will be able to offer a great range of exciting new programming through this incredible partnership that tackles the prevalence of social isolation in individuals with mental health issues and the lack of opportunities to build lasting social connections through meaningful engagement outside of the mainstream mental health system. Workman Arts’ art training programs are unique in the mental health sector because they do not treat the art class as secondary to the mental health benefits. High-quality art classes across all disciplines are facilitated by instructors with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues.

Here at East End Arts we are firm believers in the power of the arts to heal. Early in 2021 we had the opportunity to learn about how the science behind that idea works (hint: it’s real science and it really works), and we are thrilled to be able to work with the experts at Workman Arts to bring incredible opportunities to support the mental health of the communities we serve.

Keep your eye on our social channels and this page to learn about upcoming programs with Workman Arts!

Current Workman Arts Satellite East Programs

    In-person 10am-12:30pm: Fridays Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 20, Nov. 26
    Community Partner: East End Community Health Centre

    This 5-session photography program will engage with 10 participants on photo walks designed to explore a particular theme and to provide participants with hours of social interaction, discussion, creativity and self-expression. Participants will brainstorm on a theme they wish to represent with photographs and words. The program will be facilitated by photography educator Diana Nazareth but content will be decided by the participants at the onset of the program. Participants will be led in inspiring photo-dialogue exercises designed to bring about discussion, collaboration, and individual viewpoints culminating in a virtual exhibit showcasing the participants photographs, contributions, and involvement.

    About the Instructor
    Diana Nazareth is a Toronto-based photographer, educator, and founder of Project Kids & Cameras. Her photography programs for people of all ages are informed by an extensive study of key progressive methods such a Literacy Through Photography, PhotoVoice and Visual Thinking Strategies and she has facilitated participatory and project-based photography workshops to over a thousand participants in schools, community art centres, libraries and via community-engagement initiatives throughout the Greater Toronto Area. She received her B.A. in Communications/Photojournalism from Temple University, and her Teaching Artist Certification from The University of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

    Online, Saturdays Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4th
    BIPOC and LGBTQ Youth 13+

    Participants will be provided with a “Zine Making Kit” that will include all the materials they need in order to create zines. Our first weekend will start with an unboxing session to explore your new materials, and meet your fellow “Zinesters”. We will have special guest with some great zine-making tips to share.

    Our last session is a cut and fold party, a celebration to put our final zines together after print and learn some more techniques. Finally zines will be distributed at comics shops, book stores, and through East End Arts – that’s right your zine will be published and shared with the world!

    All sessions will be conducted online to maintain the safety of participants, artists and staff. We hope to conduct a final session in person with health and safety guidelines.

    About the Instructor
    Naz Rahbar is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist with drawing at the core of her practice; they work in print, artist books, performance, animation, and installation. Her work often explores the figure; considering bodily identity as primarily relational through various concepts, such as body knowledge, body and land, bodies and borders and bodies as borders. Naz graduated with a BFA from OCAD University in 2009. They have been active in arts education, and community arts in Toronto (, and across the GTA. They completed a bachelor of Education with a Fine Arts focus in 2012, and an MFA at York University in 2019. Naz currently teaches in Art Fundamentals and Illustration at Seneca College, and in the department of Visual Studies Art and Art History joint program at University of Toronto and Sheridan College.


Thank you to Workman Arts and the Slaight Family Foundation for their support of these Satellite programs.

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