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Creative Works Studio

Creative Works Studio

The Creative Works Studio is an occupational therapy arts based community program that helps individuals living with mental health challenges heal and cope through the power of artistic expression. It is part of the Inner City Health Program and operates in partnership with the Good Shepherd.

Our Mission is to provide a community based creative arts studio that offers a safe and accepting place of healing for people marginalized by the challenges of living with severe and persistent mental illness or addictions.

The healing process is based on the integration of the principles of occupational therapy, mental health, primary care, visual arts and vocational counseling. We support our members on their self-guided journey to self- expression through art, greater self esteem, improved confidence and eventually increased participation with the larger community.

Services Provided

Occupational Therapy, Visual Arts, Creative Work Opportunities, Visiting Artists from the Community

  • A program focused on healing and recovery complimentary to acute care facilities
  • A safe haven on the journey to reintegration (to the larger community)
  • Portfolio development, exhibit and mentorship opportunities to assist in the return to school, volunteering, or work


Painting, Clay Sculpture and Ceramics, Songwriting, Photography, Collaborative Filmmaking, Screen-printing, Bookbinding, Art exhibits.

Fund Raising Events

Each year near the end of April we hold our live and silent Art Gems Event that helps support our programming. For more information please visit:

We also host an annual art show to showcase the great pieces our members create. This annual art show is held around the end of November. Check out for more details.

Art Store

The Creative Works Studio creates its own art products. The Creative Works Studio creates its own art products such as t-shirts, cards, bags, magnets, and small clay figurines. Your purchase of any of these items helps support the studio. You can find out about any of these items at our home website at:

Research and Education is very important to our programming. We are affiliated with the University of Toronto Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and work in partnership with scientists from the Applied Health Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, of St. Michael’s Hospital.

For more information you can visit or download our referral form. Please note, there is a waitlist for the program of about six months to a year. Also, there is a catchment requirement to participate in the program. Prospective members must reside within the area outlined by Bloor/Danforth, east to Victoria Park Ave, South to Lakeshore Blvd. and west to Yonge St.