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Please Note:

Creative Works Studio temporarily closed due to covid-19 virus health care situation. 

Creative Works Studio is closing temporarily until May 2020, so the covid-19 virus does not spread. Practicing social distancing is the best way to flatten the curve in growth of new cases. We are calling texting and emailing everyone to touch base and give updates. We are doing Facebook Live and other online ‘events’ so we can stay in touch and continue to express ourselves during this health emergency. Hopefully, by the beginning of May we will see a reduction in new cases! Many blessings of good health to you, now and always.


Creative Works Studio (CWS) is operated by Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes Inc. in partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital.

This community arts-based studio was founded in 1995 by Isabel Fryszberg, an occupational therapist and practicing artist with a vision that these two occupations could have significant benefit for persons living with mental illness and/or addictions.  To that end, the Creative Works Studio’s mandate is to provide individuals living with mental illness and/or addictions a place to heal through the power of artistic expression.

At CWS, each member is treated as an artist first and foremost.  Members are encouraged to reach their greatest potential and skill level through purposeful and inspiring creative art initiatives.

As a result of participating in the studio, members gain confidence and increase their sense of well-being while at the same time creating community within and outside of the studio. Returning to a meaningful and active life is the goal for everyone who participates in the program.

CWS is actively involved in education, mental health research and community outreach as a means of disseminating information and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction.

The Studio is open 5 days a week and accepts referrals from mental health agencies within the City of Toronto.

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