I Wander, It Calls

For Mental Illness

  One in four Americans will receive a mental illness diagnosis at some point in their lives.  This diagnosis can isolate, stigmatize, confound, and instill fear.  Or, it can connect people to vital hope and resources.  A big part of that connection is learning to honor, share, and create out of personal experience.  Well Arts‘[…]

For Elders

Well Arts Institute provides writing-for-theatre workshops for the 60-and-over set through “Voices of Our Elders”.  These workshops provides basic and intermediate creative memoir and poetry writing skills to all comers.  We write and share in supportive, warm community!  Professional actors are auditioned annually to work with elders to put those stories on stage.  Our elder[…]

Soldier's Heart, Artist Jenny Kroik

For Veterans

  Well Arts partners with the Portland Vet Center to provide an annual, two-monthlong story-arts workshop. By incorporating writing, visual art, and basic theatre practice, we hope to give veterans tools to begin to organize and share their story with others. The workshop culminates in an invited read.  Each soldier brings one family member or[…]

Partnering With Well Arts

Well Arts Institute partners with area organizations to offer writing for theatre workshops. We provide workshop facilitators, financial and logistical support.  We hire directors, actors, designers and technical crew to produce staged readings.  Partners are required to help with publicity, volunteer support, and additional financial and logistical support. We work diligently to make sure the[…]

Well Arts Muse

As a Well Arts muse, you are an important part of our monthly income.  You sustain our drop in classes, make it possible for those classes to have admin, marketing and volunteer management support, and show our large funders that our work is important to, and supported by, the community.  Click on the muse below[…]


  Beautiful Minds at NAMI This is a drop in workshop for people living with mental illness, as well as caregivers, family, and friends of people living with mental illness.  The current theme is: “My Eye”.  We’re working on metaphors, style, voice, and character to reveal the truths of mental illness, as well as, you[…]