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H’art Accessible Arts Program (HAAP!)

Note: H’art Centre is pleased to announce Young at H’art is now called the H’art Accessible Arts Program (HAAP!).The name change follows successful inaugural and outreach phases.

What is HAAP?
HAAP! is H’art Centre’s community-coordinated arts program for seniors who live in long-term care homes, including those who may experience isolation because of disabilities. Several times a week, trained artists and volunteers travel to long-term care homes across Kingston to deliver meaningful arts-based programming.

How does it work?
H’art delivers high-quality programming that emphasizes increased opportunities for inclusion. Everyone is welcome and no art experience is necessary.

New session
H’art Centre will be offering a new term of classes this fall, beginning the week of September 11th at Providence Manor, Rideaucrest Home, and Fairmount Home. There will be opportunity for residents to:

  • Sing their favourite tunes in a choir,
  • To reminisce about the past and share stories of the present during Storytelling,
  • To create beautiful textile art, paintings, drawings and more
  • And to dance (while seated for the most part) to well loved music.

“The artists strive to create a meaningful, inclusive environment for all participants where creativity and is fostered in a supportive and positive space,” said HAAP coordinator and dance instructor, Amy Booth. “It is never too late for an individual to engage in something new and master a skill so we encourage participation for everyone. Families and friends are always welcome so come and see what it is all about. It is our hope that through bringing arts to our seniors in these three homes that we will be able to enhance their quality of life, provide something fun to look forward to each week and help them to continue living their lives to the fullest.”


Current Artist Instructors 

Amy Booth, Coordinator
Laura Scott
Isidora Spielmann






Jackie Mills
Jessica Irwin





Yessica Rivera Belsham
Sabra Littlefield, AIT





History of HAAP!

In December 2015, H’art Centre began to imagine what it could do to help seniors with disabilities in Kingston. By August 2016, more than 40 community supporters had rallied around the idea (then known as Young at H’art) and donated to support the development of a new option in Kingston. From September to December 2016, H’art Centre offered an inaugural session and delivered more than 50 classes in four different disciplines to seniors with disabilities in THE BOX at H’art Centre. The Ontario Trillium Foundation then pitched in and enabled H’art to extend the program by offering outreach classes at three long-term care homes.

Our Thanks

H’art Centre would like to acknowledge the early 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.

H’art Centre would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting the outreach initiative through a seed grant. 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.