“This place gives everyone self-worth. The power of art is very real – there is no judging here. Those who attend the Art Program look forward to it as the highlight of their week.”
-- Brenda Coombs, program participant and peer art assistant
Fred Victor’s Creative Programs are a gateway to learning, trust, self-esteem, belonging and improved mental health. They offer an outlet for people to express themselves when words may be hard to find.
The Arts Program is a safe, supportive space for artists to create their masterpieces in a group setting. Every week, an expressive arts instructor facilitates the group. There are also outings and opportunities to display and sell artwork. In this way, the program operates as a community economic development project for Fred Victor artists.
The Garden Group gives participants the opportunity to plant, maintain and harvest a garden plot in the Moss Park Community Garden. The group meets between April and October and every year, participants come up with a special project to commemorate their experience. In 2013, they created this video.
The Memorial Project is a way for the people who live in our Housing and use the Drop-in program at 145 Queen Street East to remember their friends who have passed on. In our community, accumulated and unexpressed grief adds to the load that many people carry. Here is a wonderful video (below) created by staff, community and friends that emphatically shows the importance of the Memorial Project. Thanks to Toronto Southeast Presbytery of Toronto Conference, The United Church of Canada, for funding this project.