Community Services - Sensory Exploration Arts (SEA)

Community Services - Sensory Exploration Arts (SEATM) was created in 2010 to promote and foster artistic expression among individuals with sensory impairments in a visual arts program. The initial concept of this project began after visiting SENSE Scotland in 2008 and observing the benefits and opportunities of their Arts and Wellbeing Program. Participants include clients of DeafBlind Ontario Services as well as other community agencies supporting individuals with physical, cognitive or sensory impairments. 

This stimulating and collaborative program has exposed the benefits of sensory expression in individuals who may not have engaged or viewed themselves as an artist before.  Artists explore and experience many themes through their senses; they are then given the opportunity to express their responses to these sensory experiences through visual art, music, drama and dance without direction.  This program also includes the broader community through the inclusion of local artists who work with various art mediums.  Pieces of art have also been selected to enter the International Helen Keller Awards, an open multi-media arts competition that explores perceptions of deafblindness across the world, hosted by SENSE.

The program is a powerful vehicle for communication, a way to artistically express what is inside the mind and spirit for those who have limited means of communication. Community Services - SEATM also exists as a fee-for-service program to interested community organizations and groups.

For more information about Community Services - SEATM contact us by email at mcs@deafblindontario.com or call 1-855-340-3267 x273.

Community Services - SEATM Video

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Caleb explores how maple syrup is made at the sugar bush Caleb explores how maple syrup is made at the sugar bush Caleb creates art that feels like a tree trunk

Above: Caleb explores trees and how maple syrup is made at the sugar bush.  Using a flexible dryer tube, scented paint, bark and seeds, the finished product feels like a tree trunk.


Terence brushing a horse Terence learning about the horse through his sense of touch Terence communicates his experience on canvas

Above: Terence is participating a Community Services - SEATM class that focuses on horses. After brushing, touching, feeling and learning about the horse, Terence takes to a canvas where he communicates his new experience.


Community Services - SEATM Etsy Store

Select from a variety of one-of-a-kind framed and canvas paintings on our Etsy store. Proceeds go back to the artist and support the Community Services - SEATM program.

Shop online at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/DBOSart


Community Services - SEA Notecards Community Services - SEATM NOTECARDS 

We have created beautiful notecards that feature works created by our Community Services - SEATM artists. Each pack of notecards contains a 12 blank cards featuring 6 different art work designs and 12 blank envelopes.  Each note card has a description of the Community Services - SEATM program on the back, and features an outline of the exploration and art experience that took place for the making of that print. A pack of notecards is availble for $15, proceeds support the Community Services - SEATM program. 

To purchase your set of Community Services - SEATM notecards, call 1-855-340-3267 or click here to buy now



Community Services - SEATM Classes

April 2018 Community Services - SEATM Outline - Let's Make Paper

Varley Art Gallery - April 2, 2018 11-12pm and 1-2pm - Cancelled
Woodstock Art Gallery - April 5, 2018 11-12pm and 1-2pm
Art Gallery of Peterborough - April 11, 2018 11-12pm and 1-2pm
Barrie City Hall Rotunda - April 26, 2018 11-12pm and 1-2pm
Newmarket Rec Youth Centre - April 27, 2018 11-12pm and 1-2pm

May 2018 Community Services - SEATM Outline - Canadian Treasures

Woodstock Art Gallery - May 3, 2018 11-12pm and 1-2pm
Art Gallery of Peterborough - May 9, 2018 11-12pm and 1-2pm
Newmarket Rec Youth Centre - May 25, 2018 11-12pm and 1-2pm
Barrie City Hall Rotunda - May 31, 2018 11-12pm and 1-2pm

Click the link for a copy of the Community Services - SEATM registration form.

Looking for the perfect gift for someone with sensory loss?  Puchase a Community Services - SEATM Gift Certificate! Gift certificates are available in 6 or 10 classes, and can be redeemed by the user any time throughout the year. Click the link to view the purchase form.


Community Services - SEATM  classes are made possible by the Community Fund for Canada's 150th, a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, Community Foundation of Canada, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.

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