The Milkweed Collective

Based in the Greater Toronto Area, the members of the Milkweed Collective are dedicated to practicing the arts and promoting personal growth in a community context. Formed in 1995, the group includes painters and poets, installation artists and photographers, authors, therapists and educators. The Milkweed art shows and workshops on the creative process have inspired children, youth and adults to discover their individual potential and celebrate their gifts through the joy of making and appreciating art.

In 1999 the Milkweed Collective collaborated with the Metro Toronto Task Force to Bring Back the Don in giving a two-day workshop on “Bringing Psyche to the River in the City.” In 2000 Milkweed presented the first of several groups shows at the Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke and workshops on creativity for children and adults. In 2002 Arts Etobicoke sponsored Milkweed to give the Exploring Creativity in Depth program to students from area schools, and in 2004 the Collective was funded by the Toronto Arts Council to be Artist-Group-in-Residence at the NPCC. Milkweed was awarded grants by the Arts Education Program of the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation to provide the Exploring Creativity in Depth program in 2005 and 2006. In 2007 the Trillium Foundation awarded Milkweed, in collaboration with Arts Etobicoke, a five-year grant for providing the ECID program in the schools of Etobicoke.


Milkweed Collective - Toronto

Alex Bovkis yoga therapist (Hamilton)
Amy Capern art therapist (Toronto)
Austin Clarkson musicologist, educator (Toronto)
Beverly Clarkson psychoanalyst, author (Toronto)
Louise Cordingley-Zych painter, teacher (Toronto)
Luci Dilkus installation and mixedmedia artist (Toronto)
Sylvia Elliott painter, shiatsu therapist (Tobermory)
Jess M. Harris drama therapist (North Augusta)
Maureen Harris poet (Toronto)
Jay Henry contractor (Hamilton)
Carolyn Howell administrator (Toronto)
Corene Jonat expressive arts therapist, painter (Mississauga)
Janine Kinch painter, creativity facilitator (Picton)
Elaine Krueger painter, teacher (Toronto)
Dale Lang painter, expressive arts therapist (Mississauga)
Norma Lundberg writer, storyteller (Toronto)
Joanna McEwen painter, sculptor (Orillia)
Patricia McPhail  artist, teacher (Toronto)
Robin McPhail-Dempsey dancer, expressive arts therapist (Toronto)
Mary Louise Meiers artist, teacher (Barrie)
Nancy Newton painter, teacher (Toronto)
Pam Patterson multi-media artist, educator
Ina Puchala painter, teacher (Toronto)
Valentine Purits engineer (Sarasota FL)
Philip Read painter, ceramist, teacher (New York NY)
Brenda Sturino printmaker, teacher (Toronto)
Suzanne Thomson painter, art therapist
Claudia Wittmann performance artist, butoh (Toronto)

Milkweed Collective - Prince Edward County

Deelia Evans administrator, actor-producer
Janet Graham teacher
Anne Howells social works, expressive arts therapist
Sarie Jenkins expressive arts facilitator and therapist
Janine Kinch painter, creativity facilitator

Austin Clarkson
Pat McPhail
    Assistant Director
Amy Capern
Ina Puchala               

    Douglas Buck                    
    Don Dippo                   
    Louise Garfield
    Evelyn Liesner   
    Nancy Newton           
    Lesa Semcesen                
    Karl Sprogis                    
    Carol Anne Wien                
    Bobbi Speck