Thank you and Update!


Hello Supporters of Inspirations Studio!

A huge thank you from the members and staff of Inspirations Studio!  Owing to your amazing support and donations, the Studio will live on through 2018.  We could not have done it without you!

We have lots of good news:

Our crowdfunding campaign now stands at $32,676! We are immensely grateful for all the donations and hope you enjoyed the handcrafted items sent as tokens of our gratitude. (If anyone didn’t get theirs, please let us know!)  You can follow our continued progress and even still make a donation at:

In addition to crowdsourcing, since last October, generous donors contributed an additional $16,000 to the program and The City of Toronto came through with a whopping $35,000 housing stability grant.  

A grand total of $83,676 will sustain our programming through 2018!  Your donations have literally saved the program.  We are overwhelmed.  THANK YOU, ALL!

Despite some uncertainty, we are delighted and relieved to announce that we will remain at our current location at 2480 Dundas Street West through 2018. Also, Sistering has generously committed to contribute towards our monthly rent during this period.

Through all this, the Christmas sale was an enormous success. Together our members earned almost twice as much as last year.  A huge thanks to all who came, helped, and publicized the event, and major congratulations to the members for their hard work and beautiful ceramics.

Your money at work in the Studio:

Beyond keeping the lights on and the kilns firing, with monies raised, we are able to pay to keep a skeleton staff through 2018. We can also keep the clay and glazes supplied so our members can keep making meaningful ceramics.

We plan to increase our peer-led programming this year and will work with members to do more co-teaching for workshops and courses. This will bring revenue to the Studio and add an income stream for the members.

We are also looking into hiring a grant writer on a short-term, freelance basis to locate more sustainable sources of funding.  This will provide essential support for the program and also demonstrate the program’s viability to potential partner agencies. With the support of Friends of Inspirations one grant application has been submitted so far and we are working on two more.


A final note:

We are dreaming up our next big fundraiser and event and need volunteers.  If you have time and energy, please get in touch with us.

Please keep spreading the word about the Studio, especially to potential partner agencies!  We are delighted by the outpouring of community support and so grateful to be supporting our members into 2018, but are not out of the water yet.

Finally, please come in for a visit!  The shop is looking amazing, the members are hard at work, and you deserve a high five.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The fundraising campaign is ongoing, please sharethe link with your networks!

Here is the campaign

Here is Friends Facebook page

Here is a Toronto Star Article

Thank you for your support, your ideas, and for spreading the word!

Best wishes,

Inspirations Studio

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