H’Art of Ottawa is an innovative and inclusive visual arts studio that supports the creative growth of artists with developmental disabilities. H’Art’s unique art and literacy program promotes creative and cultural experiences, self-expression and independence. In the studio, visual art and creative writing are used as approaches to learning. The artists exhibit, promote and sell their paintings through the studio, galleries and venues within the community. This provides the opportunity to participate in society in a meaningful way and contributes to the growing awareness of the general public that persons with disabilities can live rich, productive and independent lives. Our 50 artists are recognized and appreciated for their remarkable creative talents. Art is another language through which they express their life experiences, thoughts, hopes and dreams. We all have the need to contribute, participate and have meaningful and rich lives. The H’Art studio provides an environment where each artist is supported in his/her personal growth and self-expression, to advance their potential as people and artists.
Written by Lin Rowsell
Executive Director, H’Art of Ottawa