A.R.T. (A Real Thought) In Action

is a registered non-profit that provides free art workshops and programs to children & youth ages 29 and under, that are facing multiple barriers. We are operating on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe First Nation (colonially known as Ottawa).

Additionally we provide resources and honorariums for the development of youth in the arts sector, whether it be music, literary arts or media. As well, for satellite programming. In 2016 and 2017, we brought our programming to the Hamlet of Arviat, in Nunavut to address a need for more youth programming.


We are dedicated to delivering free art-based programs designed to support and enhance the well-being of children and youth facing multiple barriers. 


We believe in shaping a community for marginalized children and youth to have barrier-free access to creativity, and where the arts are valued and used as a way of expression and aid in mental health.


  1. Recognizing youth artists from all walks of life for their work and paying them fairly
  2. Making sure our A.R.T. Educators and staff members are compensated for their time and skills
  3. Being inclusive and respectful of others regardless of their race, gender, religious upbringing, sexual orientation, culture, disabilities and limitations
  4. Being open to new collaborations, partnerships and future programming with organizations, businesses, individuals and youth.