H’art Centre is pleased to announce Young at H’art, a high-quality inclusive arts outreach initiative, will now be called the H’art Accessible Arts Program (HAAP!).
The name change follows a successful preliminary outreach phase, thanks to its community supporters and a seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and Canada’s largest granting foundation. Over $110 million is awarded annually to some 1,300 non-profit and charitable organizations across the province.
In December 2015, H’art Centre began to imagine what we could do to help seniors with disabilities in Kingston. By April 2016, community supporters had rallied around the idea and donated to support the development of a new option. From September to December 2016, we offered our inaugural session and delivered more than 50 classes in four different disciplines to seniors with disabilities in THE BOX at H’art Centre. A few short months later, we offered our first outreach classes at three long-term care homes to address barriers related to transportation.
H’art Centre would like to acknowledge the support of the following groups who helped launch the Young at H’art Initiative: Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat, Anna & Edward C. Churchill Foundation, Harry Foster Foundation, Cataraqui Rotary Club, Kingston Rotary Club, and Empire Life. H’art also recognizes the support of: Connie Armstrong, Jim Brown & Joan Lee, Nancy & Bill Gray, Kim Donovan, Alicia & Barry Gordon, Virginia and John Gordon, Peter Kostogiannis, Julie Ann and Michael May, Pam McMillan & Norman Dupuis, Lillian Porter, Dr. Leslie Shanks, Dr. Jonathan Standley, Kathi Toth Switzer, Ed Vreeke, and Tom Wightman.