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Episode 25: ArtBeat Studio

Art­beat Stu­dio Inc. runs unique com­mu­ni­ty-based, self-direct­ed, peer-sup­port­ed pro­gram­ming. It pro­vides social sup­ports, work­ing art stu­dio and gallery space, and men­tor­ship for indi­vid­u­als liv­ing with men­tal ill­ness for the pur­pose of recov­ery and empow­er­ment. Art­beat Stu­dio Inc. is a not-for-prof­it reg­is­tered char­i­ty. We are com­mit­ted to decreas­ing stig­ma and dis­crim­i­na­tion that coin­cides with men­tal ill­ness and pover­ty through pos­i­tive action, men­tal health edu­ca­tion and advocacy.

Ser­vices are pro­vid­ed free of charge to par­tic­i­pants. The intend­ed ben­e­fi­cia­ries include each par­tic­i­pant artist, their care­givers, the local inner-city com­mu­ni­ty, and soci­ety as a whole.

Estab­lished in 2005, Art­beat Stu­dio is the first of its kind in Man­i­to­ba and stems from one family’s per­son­al expe­ri­ence with men­tal ill­ness. Nigel Bart, founder and long­time stu­dio facil­i­ta­tor of Art­beat Stu­dio, was diag­nosed with schiz­o­phre­nia at the age of 19 and has since used var­i­ous forms of art to help with recov­ery from the ill­ness and the stig­ma that sur­rounds it. His fam­i­ly wished to bring that access to the arts and the relat­ed men­tal health ben­e­fits to oth­ers, and so found­ed this organization. 


  • Uyen Pham, Executive Director

    Uyen is Artbeat Studio’s Executive Director and works to bring successful leadership, management, and delivery of programs, services, and initiatives that support the ‘voice’ of Artbeat Studio.

    Uyen’s excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills were developed and honed through nearly 15 years of working in the nonprofit sector as an Accountant’s Assistant, Programs Manager, and Executive Assistant prior to coming to Artbeat. No stranger to wearing multiple hats, Uyen dons what’s necessary to aide in the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization to better serve its community and the health of its members.

    Uyen earned her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, double majoring in Marketing and Human Resources Management. In her free time, Uyen enjoys trying new and different restaurants, exploring new countries, playing soccer, and spending time with family and friends.