A.R.T. (A Real Thought) In Action is a non-profit organization providing free art programs that support the mental well-being of community members in Ottawa and beyond. We are inclusive and collaborative, evolving to meet the needs of the groups that we partner with.

Additionally we provide resources and honorariums for the development of youth in the arts sector, whether it be music, literary arts or media. In 2016 and 2017, we brought our programming to the Hamlet of Arviat, in Nunavut to address a need for more youth programming.


We are dedicated to delivering free art-based programs designed to support and enhance the well-being of community members facing multiple barriers. 


We believe in fostering a community with barrier-free access to creativity, and where the arts are valued and used as a way of expression and aid in mental health.