Otter Art Club is an Educational Arts Centre that was founded in 2018 by Acclaimed Ojibwe Artist, Playwright, and Director Travis Shilling and his partner, Professional Photographer Naomi Woodman. Over the past five years, Travis and Naomi have built the Club from studio time for local youth expanding to workshops at Elementary and High Schools, collaborations with organizations across Ontario, a feature on CBC, and an award for Education in the Arts, Culture and Heritage. In January 2021, Otter Art Club launched its first online program for youth; Bear Builds a Beaver Dam. The Club's online platform inspires thoughtful conversations and builds an appreciation for art, nature, and community.
In 2021 Otter Art Club expanded its reach with its first Adult Program, Crow Road. Crow Road began while working with people in the Red Road to Recovery Program during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Travis and Naomi quickly realized the benefits of this program are universal, and the power of creating can help us begin our healing journey.
Otter Art Club continues bringing new and exciting programs to all ages worldwide. We welcome you to join us because we are all artists!