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. […]

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[…]

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[…]

A Summer Intensive

University of Florida has one of the oldest Arts in Medicine departments in the country.  And they provide artists-in-residence for the university hospital, Shands (named after the Florida senator, William Shands, who was instrumental in founding the teaching hospital).  The Arts in Medicine department also partnered with the university’s Performing Arts Department to bring famous[…]

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[…]

The Well Arts Wishlist For Artistic People

People We Have The Greatest Need For: Actor/Scribes Writing Teachers Visual Arts Teachers Theatre/Movement Teachers Consultants and Mentors To Do: Scribe workshops Facilitate a workshop Work with participants and perform in shows Collection and management of Participant Writings Library Collection and management of DVD Library Cut and upload videos onto YouTube Participate in Blogging Write[…]

The Well Arts Wishlist For Generally Handy People

People We Have The Greatest Need For: Organizers Speedy Typists Advocates Fundraisers Event And Party Throwers Computer Smarties Accountants To Do: Organizing Current Files Database Entry Edit Performance Recordings Into YouTube Videos, Using Handbrake, and Upload Videos Grant Application Assemblers Fundraising Consultation and Footwork Street Team (tell people about us) Donation Jar Collectors (distribute and[…]

We Need Scribes!

We are so excited at the office!  We’ve finally nailed down dates for our partnership with Geezer Gallery and Elm Court Loaves and Fishes downtown!  We’ll be offering a Voices Of Our Elders Pilot Program at Elm Court, November 2nd-November 12th, Tuesday and Fridays, from 2-3:30!  We’ll use images, photos, objects, music to inspire us[…]

Ways to Give

Donations The community building we do can only be done with community support.  Your donation provides a space for community members to share stories, creating opportunities for understanding, healing, and celebration.   EScrip Donation Drive We are currently in the middle of a new fundraising drive called EScrip. Escrip is a California-based fundraising organization that is[…]