Artbeat Studio Inc.
Lucille Bart, BA. is the Executive Director of Artbeat Studio Inc. a community based, peer directed program that provides social supports, working art studio/ gallery space, and mentorship to individuals living with mental illness for the purpose of recovery and empowerment. Studio Central Urban Arts Centre and Upbeat Artworks Gallery Boutique are projects of Artbeat Studio run by Alumni artists of the residency program. Lucille co-founded and runs Artbeat Studio with her son Nigel, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 19 and has since been using various forms of art to deal with the illness and stigma that surrounds it. As a professional potter, instructor and certified counselor, Lucille holds a deep appreciation for the therapeutic value of the creative process and restorative potential of art making. Through her continued work at Artbeat Studio, Lucille is committed to decreasing stigma and discrimination that coincides with mental illness and poverty through positive action, mental health education and advocacy.