About Art Gems
Art Gems celebrates its 7th anniversary with Art Gems ’13, the annual fundraising art auction in support of Creative Works Studio. Since 2007, your generosity and support has enabled Art Gems to raise over $415,000 for this life-changing mental health outreach program in downtown Toronto. Together we are making positive change in the lives of the many Studio members, who, through this occupational therapy based program, experience healing, increased self-esteem and the return of important life skills through their participation in the arts.
Through the Art Gems auction, we aim to increase the profile of Creative Works Studio in our community and to raise funds to enable the studio to expand its facilities and services for those most in need.
Why Art Gems?
Karen Hill is one of the many people who have benefited from the programs and environment provided by Creative Works Studio. In an essay about her experience she wrote:
Karen HillThere are still not enough resources in this city dedicated to helping the mentally ill fulfill and heal themselves.Creative Works Studio is a gem, one of a kind for the opportunities it provides.
If you are familiar with psychiatric illness, whether from your own painful experience or that of someone close to you, you will understand the terrible loss of purpose and self-esteem that comes with these disorders. You many also realize that the arts can play a part in healing those wounds, providing individuals who struggle with these disabilities hope, purpose and identity.