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Creative Works Studio (CWS) is operated by Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes Inc. as a community arts-based studio. The 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. 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.

Contact Information

416.203.2711
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Creative Works Studio
793 Gerrard St. East
Toronto, ON M4M 1Y5
Phone: 416.203.2711, x 7559 and x7560


Director: Colleen Lamond


Creative Works Studio
Creative Works Studio was pioneered by an occupational therapist and practising artist who envisioned combining occupational therapy and the arts. The Studio is a community-based therapeutic program offering healing and recovery through the arts for people living with severe and persistent mental illness.

The Studio welcomes clients from mental health agencies and helps them return to an active life. Each person is treated as an artist first and is encouraged to reach their highest potential through inspiring arts initiatives. Their life skills and ability to cope in the community also improve as a result.

The Studio is involved in mental health research and in community and educational outreach to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Learn more about Creative Works Studio by watching this short video.

Watch the trailer for Creative Works Studio’s documentary What’s Art Got To Do With It?

About Creative Works Studio members:
• Men and women come from diverse educational and socio-economic backgrounds
• 95% of the Studio members have improved their life skills and sense of well-being, through increased productivity, participation, and socialization, while sharing in the studio environment
• Many members have entered art shows and have sold their work

Art Gems
Art Gems is the annual fundraising art auction in support of Creative Works Studio. Since 2007, your generosity and support has enabled Art Gems to raise more than $1.6 million for this life-changing mental health outreach program. Together we promote positive change in the lives of the many Studio members, who experience healing, increased self-esteem through their participation in the arts.

For more information, visit https://artgems.ca/

The 2021 Art Gems Online Auction raised over $165,000 in support of Creative Works Studio! Thank you to the incredible Canadian artists and galleries who generously donated work to the auction. Thank you to the amazing sponsors and donors who supported this event! We look forward to seeing everyone again next year. 

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