FREE 6 Week Workshop for Youth With Visual Impairments

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Youth of all ages will have the opportunity to try painting, mixed-media, eco-art, textured collaging and more. Parents are welcome to stay, but there will be volunteers to assist. Workshops are drop-in style and are open to all youth.

Please note, we are only accepting 12 registrants per workshop due to space limitations and the need for an intimate environment. We ask all participants to register for the entire six weeks. If participants are unable to attend a workshop, please contact us so that we can contact those on the waitlist.

The workshop is regularly 12 weeks, but due to summer activities, the workshop has been divided into 2 six week programs. This is the first session.

Registration for the program is free on Eventbrite. To register please visit:


We look forward to creating with you!

Virtual Community ART Night

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About this Event

Join A.R.T. In Action for our first Virtual Community ART Night. Led by Anona Kosmack, this will be a guided art instruction. After the instruction, we will give space to chat, ask art questions or share in a private setting. The night will not be recorded. We would like to thank Golden Artist Colors for their sponsorship of this workshop.

Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
Time: 6-8pm (ZOOM)
Ages: 14-35
Art Facilitator: Anona Kosmack

Bio: Anona has been an artist all of her life, and when it came time to decide which path to take in her career, she knew she had to be true to herself. Anona considers it her calling to enrich the lives of those she works with by bringing out their inner artist and bringing more beauty to their environment.

Anona’s advocacy and philanthropic initiatives focus on person’s with disabilities and indigenous women. She uses her learning from university career in Conflict Studies and her yoga certification to create powerful statement art. Currently, she is completing her degree in Developmental Service Work so she can better serve her ideal clients.

What you will need:

• 1 – 8 x 10 canvas
• 3 paintbrushes
• Primary paint colours (red, blue, yellow) and black and white
• Internet access and a Zoom account

Art Kit Sponsorship (for Ottawa, Ontario only):

We have 8 art kits to give to those living in the Ottawa (ON, Canada) region that need supplies. Art kits will be supplied on a first come, first serve basis. Supplies provided are:

• 1 – 8×10 canvas
• 3 paintbrushes (1 flat brush, 1 round brush and 1 small brush)
• 5 x 1oz paints (red, blue, yellow, black and white)

Delivery of Art Kits :

You will receive your art kits the week leading up to the art night.

Space is limited to: 12 participants
Suggested donation: $5-$25
Send donation to: artinactionottawa@gmail.com

Proceeds help to fund our programs.


Thank you to our sponsor, Golden Artist Colors

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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Photos: Last day at Mademill with AFO

Our last day with Mademill / prototypeD was a blast! The youth had the opportunity to paint with Virtual Reality and water-based spray-paint.

Thank you again to all the organizers at Mademill who made this 3 day workshop happen, to our educators, volunteers and staff.

Photos by: Seyi Okuribido-Malcolm on behalf of DLG Media.


A.R.T. In Action X AFO youth in Collab with MadeMill, PrototypeD from DLG (Dream Love Grow) Media on Vimeo.

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

Arviat Youth Canada150 mural published by First Air

We are incredibly proud of our youth from Arviat. Their Canada150 mural collaboration with us and VibeArts is now flying the skies with First Air’s Above & Beyond, Canada’s Arctic Journal.