Adult Art Enrichment
Free instructional classes for disadvantaged adults. Participants range from individuals with physical, mental or learning disabilities to the economically disadvantaged. Offered weekly throughout the year, an art instructor/facilitator assists participants in largely self-directed projects. This program offers the chance for all participants to express themselves through art, an opportunity they may not otherwise have. Running for approximately twenty (20) years, our Art Enrichment program is entirely funded by Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, including the paid instructor and all of the supplies for the participants. There is no cost to participants for this program.
Challenge by Choice
Once a month, Challenge by Choice, a group of youth (16-25 years old) who face challenges with mental illness come to the gallery for a tour of the exhibitions and participate in a studio project that relates to one of the works on display. This program is instructed by professional artists and is free for participants.
Dickensfield Amity House, a non-profit community benefit agency that provides support services for the Dickensfield/ Evansdale area. Since July 2013, Harcourt House has provided an art instructor for Amity House’s weekly Friday Art program that runs from 1-3pm. This program is free for participants and is intended to help foster a sense of community among the participants who come together each week to express themselves through art.
This program has a dual component, first to provide students at Spruce Avenue school with access to a professional artist to teach programs like relief printing, drawing, and painting. The second was to provide the art teacher with professional development in curriculum, assessment and technical skills in the art. The art teacher had no background in art and participated in developing and teaching contemporary art lessons. This year’s instructor is Lindsay Knox.
The Landing is a non-profit service at the University of Alberta that offers support for gender and sexual diversity. They strive to promote gender equity on a broad scale, and advocate for the safety and acceptance of individuals of all genders and sexualities in campus life. Harcourt House Artist Run Centre partners with The Landing to host free instructed art programs once a week.
On Tuesday mornings Harcourt House partners with the Mosaic Centre to offer a drop in art program to their clients. The Mosaic Centre is a non-profit wellness centre that serves people challenged by poverty, hunger and homelessness in northeast Edmonton.