Howard Center Arts Collective

Many thanks to Kara Greenblott and Mary Olive Smith for their hard work in putting together this amazing video featuring members of Howard Center’s Arts Collective!


Our newest exhibit ‘Connections’ is going virtual! Please visit our gallery page, and you are invited to our on-line opening reception on January 7, 2021 at 12 noon.


Congratulations to the Arts Collective and their recent exhibition ‘Art is My Sanctuary’ at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington, what a show!

(Left) Artwork by Heather Foster

(Right) Artwork by Rachel Grossman

Our Mission:
The Arts Collective works collaboratively to ensure that there are opportunities for artists with lived experience to connect, create, and exhibit work. We strive to create a supportive, non-hierarchical community that fosters mutuality, creative expression, and empowerment. We value the transformative power of the creative process on a personal, social, and systemic level, and we acknowledge that we are stronger when everyone has a voice.


What is the Arts Collective?
The Arts Collective is an alternative arts program that promotes wellness, self-esteem, and dignity by:

  • creating a safe and nurturing space for artists to make art,
  • exchange ideas and learn new techniques
  • experience a supportive connection with other artists
  • exhibit their artwork in public galleries & spaces

Who can participate?
Our community is open to adult artists who have lived experience with mental health challenges or addiction, via their own personal lived experience, experience with family members or friends, or through their work. Artists of all levels are welcome. Some members are established artists who have sold their work. Others have recently begun making art and value the knowledge and encouragement of more experienced artists.

What does the Arts Collective offer?
Please join us for any of these activities:

Art Shows

  • Four art shows per year at venues such as the Flynn Dog Gallery, the Amy Tarrant Gallery, the Burlington Record Plant, Union Station, the Fletcher Free Library, the SPACE Gallery, and the Metropolitan Gallery at Burlington City Hall.
  • Ongoing exhibitions at 208 and 300 Flynn Avenue, Howard Center administrative offices.

Open Studio

  • Mondays, 12:40-2:40 pm, ONE Arts Center, 72 North Champlain Street, Burlington. Open to all.
  • Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, Westview house, 50 South Willard Street, Burlington. Howard Center clients only. Art supplies are available free of charge.

Community Calls
The Collective meets every Thursday afternoon (12:00-1:00 pm) on Zoom to exchange ideas, share recent artwork, plan future activities, and socialize.

Field Trips
Field trips took place every two months prior to COVID-19. Previous trips include visits to the West Branch Gallery, Burlington City Arts Gallery, Fleming Museum, T. Wood Gallery, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Harvard Museum, Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Field trips will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

Want more information?
Contact Artscollective@howardcenter.org to receive updates on activities and exhibitions.