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The Creative Spirit Art Centre is an accessible studio space and resource centre providing art education for people with disabilities. 

Let us host your event or exhibition in our space. Join our mailing list for updates online! Contact csac@creativespirit.on.ca for more information. Feel free to browse our site and become a membermake a donation visit our contact page.

Happy Holidays!

Thank you!

We wish all our volunteers, student placements, artists, donors and friends of Creative Spirit a wonderful holiday season.

We are grateful for your support of dollars, time, talent and friendship. You care and helped us to make it through this year.

Thank you: Vicki who worked and works on our social media, (- and she makes and delivers delicious cookies too!). Thank you Gavin, Deb and Bhupesh who create the best designs, publications, typography and graphics. Thank you to Ronnie who brings her kindness to the artists and her professional skills to the collections. Thank you to Oliver for his ability to navigate EXCEL and the endless track of bills and taxes. Thank you Gary for his creative eye, hanging monthly exhibitons, to Michael D. who keeps our website going. Thank you to the Board of Directors: Liz who makes music and helps connect us to the rest of the creative community. Thank you Peter for doing our Financial year end. Thank you Shelly for signing the donation receipts. Thank you Michael S. for keeping us focused! 

We are grateful to Weiner’s Home Hardware for their donation of cleaning supplies; Bean and Baker for their celebration cakes; Vert for feeding our conferences, seminars and special meetings; South Pacific Chinese and Polynesian Foods for their edible treats. Thanks to Anne and Can of PAC; who made sure that Orhan got to the studio every week. They participated in so many ways in life in the studio. 

If I have forgotten anyone please, forgive me.

This month we lost friend Alan Hooks. Alan was one of our studio artists. We are grateful to those close to Alan who sent donations on his behalf and continue to support Creative Spirit artists.

The studio is empty and lonely without the sounds, chatter and laughter; from Marc, Gabe, Catharine, Gilles, Kevin, Will, Orhan, Anne, Maruja, Alan, Alex, David and Michael.

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Creative Spirit Artists, Kristine Erglis and Anna Quon participate from as far away as Halifax as does Hanni Sager in Mexico; and Toronto artists:  Janet Basmadjian, Cynthia Kemerer, Meiko Ando; Yuriko Kubota; and Mayuko Ueda. Currently the gallery/studio is closed but our resource and information centre remains open. We keep in touch with Able Arts Japan with the help of Noriko Hatanaka, in Tokyo and with the Very Special Arts International affiliates with Stephanie Litvak in Washington D.C..

A big project we continue to work on is saving our LIVING LEGACY of ongoing creative work and collections which deal in ACCESSIBLE ART. By access we include economic as well as universal access due to medical diagnosis.  We are forming partnerships with Loet and Mickey Vos’ Toy Collection; The Puppet Mongers and The Clay and Paper Theatre. We have a collective need for a permanent home with performance spaces, collections, workshops and studios, café and gift shop. I believe that the City of Toronto is ready to support a public art home for TOYS, PUPPET THEATRE, & FOLK ART.

Please, continue with us on our journey and contact us If you want to become involved in our efforts to also secure further funding. We need your help to continue our work. I feel that many people are experiencing donor fatigue. To those who send us money; thank you. I hate to ask for donations of money because there are so many worthwhile deserving charitable causes out there asking for help.

We are lucky and privileged to have your support and wish you a New Year of good health, good spirits, good friends and good fortune.

Ellen Anderson

Executive Director

October!

We've temporarily closed our regular studio and gallery day program but we're still keeping busy! This summer CSAC was invited to submit a grant application for an Employment Canada job creation proposal which would fund up to $500,000 annually for 3 years.

We hope to survive the first round of grants for consideration by Employment Canada plus matching assistance by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. If successful, the project is to fund a larger studio and develop an online market for art and art-based products promoting the work of artists living with long term disabilities. Participating artists will reside in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. This unique art market creates employment for people with disabilities who have not had access to an arts and crafts market. 

Studio space

We've been operating without core funding, and open to the public through donated volunteer hours but will no longer be providing studio or gallery exhibit day program services due to my advancing age.

CSAC will continue to make use of our Dovercourt Road space for administration, workshops, seminars and conferences, pop-up events and archival storage.

Current use of our Centre includes: Rehearsal space for musicians Oliver Pavao and Helen Garcia; A workshop for Toronto Centre for Psychodrama & Sociometry for a Sat. in Sept., O.T.  Amee Le hosts Monday afternoons through October and November. Mindful Art Workshop will present an Occupational Therapy program of mindful meditation/art therapy for persons who have experienced head trauma.

Later this month, Seaton House an organization providing assistance for homeless men and women, will be visiting to learn about the benefits of art-making for their clients.

Requests for appointments for consultations, special tours, workshops and information sessions can be made by phone or email.  

Please contact us to start a Creative Spirit Art Centre program for your project. This includes standards of program delivery and the right to use the Creative Spirit name and an annual report from all agencies delivering the Creative Spirit program (membership/training session fees required).

That's about it for now, I'll continue to post news and monthly updates, thank you!

Ellen Anderson

exhibition and studio space

Drop by and say Hello!

CSAC Studio/Gallery closing Sept. 30th.

 

Please, drop in this month to sign our guest book, see some of Kristine Erglis' wonderful work - and keep in touch! CSAC will Open House though September to meet friends, artists, volunteers, donors, collectors, and champions of art.

  

We've stayed open with the help of donated time, talent and financial assistance from friends who believe in advancing the creative power for individuals who cannot advocate for themselves. The studio will continue to host CS events and as well will open for those who need a place to put on a workshop or rehearsal or short term POP UP events. 

 

Creative Spirit Art Centre is a registered non-profit charity and yes, we still need your help to keep our website up and running but without a source of core funding, we cannot continue to operate the studio and art gallery. Stay in touch with updates regarding our various proposals/opportunities. In the meantime we're sourcing ways of moving forward with grant applications for unique art projects, marketing and outreach for continued success!

 

Please contact me if you can make use of our space for rentals or introduce us to a patron(s) of the arts who might be interested in becoming part of the evolution of arts and crafts as a potential viable employment venue for people with disabilities. Help us to change the systemic prejudices that prevent people with developmental, physical and intellectual disabilities from being part of the fabric of the Canadian Cultural community.

 

Cheers,

Ellen

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Kristine Erglis Exhibition

Exhibition opens: June 20th head and shoulder profile of women with a creative vibrant "hat", soft colours, another woman painted in washed out grey and white with orange yellow hair with "NEW" type in black angled, top left over the womans head/hair

Reception: Saturday 24th, 1 - 3 p.m.

Exhibition closes: July 28th

In 1994, Kristine Erglis started making art, at our studios. We are showing her art from the past and some of her current work. Kristine will not be present for the exhibition. She moved from Toronto to Nova Scotia many years ago in order to seek a gentler, quieter, life.

Kristine puts into images, things which most of us are afraid to say 
or express including how the media has made women feel about their bodies. “NEW,  Surgically removed Hips” was shown in “IMAGES OF WOMENW 1994 in an exhibition celebrating the many aspects and images
of women. That exhibition taught both the artist, Kristine and the curator, Ellen Anderson; the difference in perception between men and women. 
A well know male artist looked at the image of “Surgically removed hips” and declared his sister had that operation. “NO”! Kristine proclaimed.” It isn’t about a medical procedure. It’s about how women are made to feel about their bodies!”. The male artist insisted that his sister had indeed had the surgery. Ellen and Kristine looked at each other; realizing that the fellow didn’t understand the point of the painting. Women who came to view the image, understood immediately and would say, “Yes, I’ve been made to feel that way”. Men ignored the work and quietly walked past it without a word.

Kristine conjures up: colourful dreams, joyous leaping lizards, anger,
coy angels, a frustrated receptionist;  all illicit immediate recognition. Some of the works use humour and the play of vibrant colours of inks and watercolours are sometimes laced with words. Other works speak for themselves without any words.

Hope to see you there!

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