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MaryAnne Glazebrook and Will Schmerge in "Granny and Cat", part of our Reunion Writing Workshop production, "I:you".

MaryAnne Glazebrook and Will Schmerge in “Granny and Cat”, part of our Reunion Writing Workshop production, “I:you”.

Well Arts Institute



 To explore, develop, and practice creativity as a means of wellness





Well Arts Institute is a nonprofit, arts organization that explores  the health of our community and its members through the reflective lens of the arts.

We partner with local organizations to bring professional artists to facilitate playwriting and oral history theatre workshops for people facing physical illness, mental illness, or social trauma. Our process begins with writing workshops. Facilitators guide participants as they write their stories. Then, a director and the participating writers cast professional actors to perform the stories for the general public in stage readings.

We support the people who are coping with illness and stigma by offering them a creative space to develop their experiences into imaginative, theatrical presentations in collaboration with professional actors and stage directors.

By connecting our community through empathy and creativity, we learn and heal together.


Current Partners

National Alliance on Mental Illness Washington County Center (NAMI)

Portland Vet Center

Northwest Down Syndrome Association

National MS Society: Oregon

Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Pettygrove Boys and Girls Aid


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2710 NE 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97212