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ArtRecruits is an employment preparation program for adults experiencing mental health barriers/illness. ArtRecruits is an art-based, workplace skill-building program that teaches employment skills in the art studio instead of a classroom.

Over a two-year period, more than 86% of adults completing the ArtRecruits program found employment or enrolled in further education. The program has partnered with a wide variety of Calgary’s most forward-thinking organizations, including Imperial Oil, Big Rock Brewery, Bow Valley College, ATB, and many more.

Connecting Art and Work

An initiative of Prospect’s ground-breaking Studio C, ArtRecruits helps adults with mental health barriers learn employment and life skills in the art studio instead of a classroom. ArtRecruits enables participants to develop the most beneficial workplace skills.

Essentials skills include time management, communication, problem solving, team work, conflict resolution, stress mangement, confidence building and empowerment, planning, and the ability to work independently. All of these skills can be developed and practiced through the discipline of art, then transferred to employment.


Who can benefit from ArtRecruits?

This program is for adults with self-disclosed or diagnosed mental health barriers who are:

  • wanting to secure employment
  • identify with having a mental health barrier/illness
  • able to commit to 15 hours per week for 12 consecutive weeks and then 5 hours a week for another 12 weeks
  • more inclined to learn outside of the classroom or traditional employment workshop model
  • interested in broadening work and life skills
  • currently underemployed or unemployed
  • committed to obtaining meaningful employment or meaningful education
  • not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) or EI Reachback
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons whose refugee status has been conferred
  • legally entitled to work in Canada


What to expect

Over the course of 24 weeks, participants will:

  • create art, using different media and processes with the purpose of skill building and personal growth
  • engage a community partner in the creation of a joint art project and public exhibition
  • achieve job placement, personal growth, career development or educational goals

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Prospect Human Services is a registered charity.