Submit art to the third edition of the Ottawa Colouring Book For Anyone!

It’s that time of year again, when our friend Christine Kumchy dedicates her time to helping A.R.T. In Action with the help of many artists and non-artists alike.

What is the Ottawa Colouring Book For Anyone?

It is a colouring book that helps to fundraise for free art programs for youth facing barriers in Ottawa and Arviat Nunavut. Artists submit their art work and receive recognition for participating in a good cause. This is the third book that has been published with the help of multiple artists, sponsors and supporters.

Cool! How do I help?

We are no longer accepting submissions for the Third Colouring Book For Anyone. We’ll be opening submissions for the Fourth one soon.

If you’d like to order the third edition or any of the first two, you can do so here.


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FREE Workshop: 3D Printing, Motion Capture and Virtual Painting

Please note this workshop is full.

A.R.T. In Action is proud to partner with MadeMill and prototypeD to offer a specialized 3 day art workshop to youth with developmental disabilities. Youth will have the opportunity to learn about and use equipment for 3D printing, Motion Capture and Virtual Painting.

Saturday, February 3: 1PM – 4PM
Saturday, February 17: 1PM – 4PM
Saturday, March 3: 1PM – 4PM


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Where to purchase the second Ottawa Colouring Book For Anyone

For the second year in a row, our friend Christine Kumchy has organized the second Colouring Book For Anyone. Available for purchase for $20, with all proceeds benefiting A.R.T. In Action, you can purchase it at the following locations:

The Art House Café Gift Shop
555 Somerset St. W

At our online store, hosted by our partner Dream Love Grow (DLG) Media here:

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EVENT: The 2nd Ottawa Colouring Book For Anyone at the Art House Cafe

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This will be the launch of the second edition of Ottawa’s Colouring Book For Anyone! Featuring art by local artists and people who love to draw.

A fundraising event to help raise money for A.R.T. In Action’s free art workshops for youth facing multiple barriers in Ottawa and Nunavut. Last year funds helped to host a 10 day art workshop in Arviat, Nunavut. The art from the youth was displayed in the Toronto Transit and published on the front cover of First Air’s inflight magazine.

Live music by:

Drinks and refreshments.
Live art, art and goodies for sale, raffle prizes and colouring pages free for everyone!!


Thank you to the Art House Cafe for hosting and thank you Welch LLP for providing monetary donations to help print the books ♥


Our 3rd free art workshop with AFO has ended

Yesterday was the last day of A.R.T. Group with Ability First Ottawa so we had a little pizza party – with pizza donated by DLG Media. 12 weeks of art and fun, led by our A.R.T. Educator, Anona Kosmack. Thank you to everyone who donated their time, who donated food and who donated the funds to help make this art workshop possible.

L to R: Jenn, Anona, Christina, Colleen, Jenna, Cynthia, Badar, Sammy, Mailyne

Above are the participants of our A.R.T. Group, seen with Colleen Gray of Art For Aid. The youth were donating art supplies to Colleen’s organization on their last day of art class.

A showing of the youth’s work will be held during the launch of the second Ottawa Colouring Book For Anyone on November 17th at the Art House Cafe from 6-9pm.

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Free 12 Week Summer/Fall A.R.T. Drop-in for youth with disabilities


  • week one – JUNE 26
  • week two – JULY 3 **updated
  • week three – JULY 17
  • week four – JULY 24
  • week five – JULY 31
  • week six – AUG 14
  • week seven – AUG 21 **cancelled**
  • week eight – AUG 28
  • week nine – SEPT11
  • week ten – SEPT 18
  • week eleven – SEPT 25
  • week twelve – OCT 2 ** FINAL DAY


    Time: 1-3PM
    Located at CollabSpace, 70 Bongard Ave.
    Facilitated by: Anona Kosmack

Art projects vary week to week and include everything from drawing, painting, mixed media and more.

Feel free to drop-in or contact us to join the fun!
Register with Ability First Ottawa to join all programming by calling
Christina Ranieri at 613-291-5422

Free A.R.T. Drop-In For Youth in Arviat, Nunavut


Open to youth living in the Hamlet of Arviat, Nunavut
Start date: Saturday March 11, 2017
Last day: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Two programs will run from 6-8PM and 9-11PM daily.
Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Located at the drop-in center in Arviat
Facilitated by: Elizabeth (Ilisapi) Gordon

Feel free to drop-in or contact us to join the fun!

THROWBACK: Our first free workshop in February 2015

Our first workshop was in February 2015. Sarah and I were able to fundraise enough money to host a free 6 week workshop at the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre with donations from the community, both in kind and from individuals. It was a lot of work and many, many hours of volunteered time. Our original goal was a 12 week workshop, but we were only able to fund 6 weeks. It was a really great opportunity though and we’re happy to say that we still communicate and have even become friends with some of the youth we met at this workshop.

How were we able to complete the goal of our first free art workshop?

We applied for two grants in 2014 (once in the Spring and once in the Fall) with the Ontario Arts Council, but unfortunately we weren’t granted any funds.


We then held a fundraising event in July 2015 (A pop-up shop at Three Wild Women) and fundraised over $1100, with the help of local artists. and our art auction.


In August 2015, we were awarded the Soup Ottawa #6 micro-grant – about $2100

Check out the video we created to present our idea at Soup Ottawa. We played this video in the background while Sarah and I recited everything from our script we wrote out.

To thank Soup Ottawa, we created 8 money sacs that future winners could walk away with from repurposed cloths and a promotional video you can watch here.

We also had the help of numerous contributions from individuals, like Good Things Ottawa and the The Mix CKCU.

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed! We couldn’t do this without your help.

Take a look at some of the highlights from February below.


WEEK 1: Intro to Painting and Experimentation

A few people who came had never learned art or painted before which was exciting to see their first attempt. Students learned basics of color theory, themes, styles of paintings and types of paint mediums and looked at examples of other work before they adventured on their own.

Some painted from reference, others painted from their mind. Our goal was to keep it fun with general guidance and it turned out well!


WEEK 2: Mixed Media

Youth explored using mixed media art and came up with some really funky work. You can see some of their emotions in their art.

We had a Guest Speaker: bcayford come in to present and share some insight on being an artist in the industry of animation. (Our 2 guest speakers did receive a small honorarium for their time).


WEEK 3: Photography

Youth learned different styles of photography as well as group collaboration. They acted out scenarios and each person took turns “directing” their shoot. Youth also got to be a part of a music video project that promotes ending violence against women. The song is “Fault Lines” from Scary Bear Soundtrack. You can visit the project HERE.



WEEK 4: Lino-cutting, stamps and graffiti

Youth learned how to create stamps using recycled material: insulation and corks. Our initial goal was to use linoleum, but we didn’t have enough funds to purchase the supplies so we received a bunch of insulation to use instead.

A guest speaker and professional artist, Mique Michelle, an advocate of graffiti, came in and shared techniques and stories about the misconception of graffiti. We used a chalk “Kid Graffiti” spray as well as a new water-based, non-odourless spray paint (Montana brand).


Week 5: T-shirt design, fabric painting and stencilling

Youth learned how to create their own designs and art work that could be used on t-shirts or on a canvas like a blank hat. Some brought in their own materials. We used screen printing paint, fabric paint and regular acrylic paint.


WEEK 6: Collaborative painting and showcase

Youth received a large gallery canvas to do a collaborative group project on. Youth hung up their art work and invited guests to come see what they created. We had a new student join us on the last day and everyone got to enjoy free pizza.


It’s the end, but only the beginning!

We just wanted to thank everyone who helped to make this program happen.

To the staff at Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre: to the custodians who helped prepare the rooms, troubleshoot and clean up, to the director of corporate services who facilitated the use of the space, to the HR and administration manager who organized the schedule and contract, to the guest speakers we had come in to share their insight and knowledge to the youth and to everyone who donated time, support and love. To my babysitter (Mailyne speaking) who watched my son so I could volunteer to teach this program.

We learned a great deal for the next one and met some wonderful new friends. We look forward to bringing out another A.R.T in Action (stay tuned!) and hope that more people can come out and enjoy art for free.

Thank you to all the youth for coming out and making our Saturday’s memorable.


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First Online Auction

Our first online Auction ran from Sunday, November 8-15, 2015
Thank you to everyone who supported and placed their bids.

We raised $296 and even had a few winners donate extra after the fact! How kind is that? We hope you know how appreciated it is. Thank you again!

Stay in the loop for the next one.

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Thank you to:

  • Shitty Shades
  • Lieutenants Pump
  • Tanger Outlets
  • Dream Love Grow
  • Sabrina Jade Designs
  • Skoser Clothing and Printing
  • Lady Arkenstone
  • Mailyne Briggs
  • Bradley Cayford
  • SEL Creatives
  • Happiness is Handmade