Posted on Nov 25, 2019

H'Art Centre of Smiles

Elizabeth Cohoe, Andrea Fitzgerald, Katherine PorterElizabeth Cohoe, Andrea Fitzgerald, Katherine Porter, Martin Thomas

Grant Amount: $1,700

The Organization

H'Art Centre is a not-for-profit, charitable, inclusive community arts hub that provides adults with disabilities and people facing barriers with the opportunity to create, study, and produce works in the arts and to collaborate with professional artists throughout their lives and as they age.

The BOX is H'Art Centre's accessible performing arts space that provides opportunities for those facing barriers to participation in the arts with the opportunity to take part in inclusive performing arts performances. The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston has provided support in the past for resource improvements to The BOX as well as for special programs.

H'art Centre's Able Artists program provides an ongoing series of facilitated workshops and performances led by professional artists with disabilities and leaders in the inclusive arts field.

MixAbilities is H'Art Centre's new inclusive arts training program designed to help local artists/educators develop skills and confidence as inclusive artists/educators.

The Work Supported by the Grant

The grant will help to further upgrade The BOX technology that will help to make all the performances more accessible to all members of the community who come to the H'Art Centre. Having a portable screen and short-throw, rear projector will make it possible to use projection flexibly in a variety of configurations. The funding will also enable use of the projector and portable screen for H'Art's 2020 production at The Isabel, an advanced, entirely original theatre production involving all 50 participants as well as our artists and choreographers from across the province and Quebec.