WELCOME TO THE ART THERAPY STUDIO
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.
THE HEALING POWER OF ART
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.
TEAMING UP WITH CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HELP TEENS EXPRESS THEMSELVES
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.”
SAVE THE DATE
Friday, September 23, 2016
Shaker Heights Country Club 7:00pm
EVENTS and shows
ART LOAN IS BACK!
Be sure to mark your calendars for Art Therapy Studio’s Art Loan Benefit Friday, September 23rd! It’s not too late to get involved. If you are interested in volunteering or joining the Benefit Committee, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for more information.
– “Kitchen Still Life” by Sue Wall