Who are we?
Artsy Fartsy is a small proprietorship owned by Rhonda Frank in Porters Lake, Nova Scotia. Artsy Fartsy began in 2012, teaching mostly children and youth. In 2014 we expanded into working with adults. Today, we work with people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. We have held online classes with students of all ages throughout the world.
We employ local youth in our community and are an equal opportunity employer. We often work with members of the LGTBQ+ community, BIPOC community, and persons with disabilities.
What we do
We support our community using art therapy, we instill the love of art in our students, and we spread creativity and courage with our paint events across the province. We incorporate mental wellness into everything we do. We continually review and assess our path and have the courage to shift directions when necessary.
HOW WE DIFFER
Alcohol Awareness: As a supporter of alcohol awareness, our paint events are held in alcohol-free locations and are accessible to all ages.
Environmental Awareness: Artsy Fartsy strives to reduce our carbon footprint by using electric vehicles only, reducing our energy consumption, and off-setting our energy consumption with solar power. We only use re-usable and/or non-toxic supplies. We minimize waste generation and focuses on waste reduction, recycling, and proper disposal. Artsy Fartsy optimizes our water usage by monitoring and managing water consumption. We source products and services from environmentally responsible suppliers and prioritize suppliers that follow sustainable practices, use eco-friendly materials, or have certifications indicating their commitment to the environment. Being environmentally aware is an ongoing process. Continuously evaluating and improving our practices ensures our business operates in a sustainable and responsible manner.
Mental Health Awareness: As a certified Peer Support Specialist, our artist Rhonda Frank promotes awareness of mental health. We believe that being aware of mental health and wellness is crucial for creating a supportive and inclusive work environment.
We strive to bring creativity to the foreground. Through the visual arts, we create dynamic experiences that open the hearts and minds of others and allow for new ways of seeing ourselves, each other, and our diverse histories. Through art, we foster relationships built on mutual respect and compassion in our mission to create a more equitable society.