The Art Therapy Studio is the oldest creative arts therapy program of its kind in the country. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges through the therapeutic use of art. We use art making led by credentialed art therapists to promote healing and wellness.




Lakecia, 25, has been creating art for as long as she can remember. Since she was a young girl, art was something she felt she could count on to help her relax. Like many people, she often used it as a tool to calm down when she was stressed or upset.

As she got older, it became more difficult for her to not only do her art, but to get through her day. At a young age, Lakecia was forced to learn to cope with the physical pain and limitations of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). An autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues, resulting in pain, stiffness, inflammation, joint damage, and loss of function most commonly in the wrist, fingers, knees, feet, and ankles.

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), an estimated 43 million people in the United States have arthritis or other rheumatic conditions.

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Teenagers aren’t easy people to convince to even get out of bed—let alone express themselves through art—which is why Art Therapy Studio and the Cleveland Public Library have teamed up to bring free art therapy services straight to them.

This April, Art Therapy Studio began two seven-week art therapy workshops for adolescents at two library branches. Melanie Guzmán McCarter, a library assistant for Outreach and Programming Services for Cleveland Public Libraries, helped to coordinate the art therapy workshops and sees a definite need for a free and accessible service like this in the teen community.

“I think [the therapists] are able to guide them into finding their voice. Going through adolescence can be a very turbulent time and the people in our communities are also dealing with a lot of serious issues, from poverty to homelessness,” she said. “Having something like this accessible to people for free is pretty important and we’re pretty excited about that.”

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Art Loan is back!

Be sure to mark your calendars for Art Therapy Studio’s Art Loan Benefit Friday, September 23rd. We will be hosting the event at Shaker Heights Country Club from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Our last Art Loan event raised over $40,500 dollars and helped enhance the quality of life for nearly 2,000 individuals in our community.

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There’s Still Time to Become a Sponsor
Help us meet our goal of raising $50,000 by becoming a sponsor. Partnering with the Art Therapy Studio will bolster your company’s reputation and emphasize your commitment to supporting your community. Most importantly, your support will allow us to continue to provide life-changing high quality therapeutic programs to members of our community.

Click here to download the Corporate Sponsorship Packet for more information.

– “Kitchen Still Life” by Sue Wall

EVENTS and shows

E. Franklin


The Art Therapy Studio is proud to continue to partner with Cleveland Public Library to showcase the work of our talented artists. A new selection of artwork created by artists in our “Discover the Artist Within You” classes will be on display downtown at the the Main Library from July 7th – September 29th.

The show will be held in the Underground Connecting Walkway which connects the Louis Stokes Wing and the Main Building. Metered parking is available.

“Tray: Violet and Black” clay piece by E. Franklin



Art Loan
Friday, September 23, 2016
Shaker Heights Country Club 7:00pm

Mark your calendars! Art Loan is a fun and unique art exhibition and fundraiser where guests can rent beautiful works of art from our George Streeter Circulating Collection for up to 2 years in return for a donation. The collection contains over 200 pieces of artwork contributed by both renowned Cleveland area artists and the client/artists who have participated in our programs since the studio’s inception in 1967. Beautify and add interest to your home or office by renting one of our pieces while contributing to a worthy cause. Tickets on sale soon.
– Image: “Kitchen Still Life” by Sue Wall