Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those with
physical, cognitive or emotional challenges through the
therapeutic use of art.
Programs include in-patient hospital services, on-site
services at area agencies, employee wellness programs,
professional education workshops, and the “Discover the
Artist Within You” community classes. All programs use
the creative process of making art to improve and
enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of
|12200 Fairhill Road Cleveland, OH 44120 216.791.9303
"While some things may
change, the healing process
of creating art and the human
connection in art therapy is
ART THERAPY STUDIO
News & Announcements...
Art Therapy Studio was highlighted in a
segment on WVIZ's Applause program in
January. Applause is an Emmy
award-winning locally produced TV show
that celebrates artists and cultural groups
around Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Each
week this on-air arts magazine broadcasts a
fresh half-hour of features, performances,
on-location reports, and interviews from the
studios of WVIZ/PBS ideastream.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the
ART THERAPY STUDIO FEATURED ON WVIZ APPLAUSE (posted 1/2010)
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES (posted 6/2010)
We are looking for professionals to help us implement our strategic plans.
Volunteering is a great way to develop or strengthen your project management and
leadership skills. The Art Therapy Studio, founded in 1967, helped support the emotional
health of over 1,600 people last year. Through art therapy, people can begin to cope with
trauma, be supported in their rehab goals, and express themselves visually in the
compassionate environment of the studio.
For more information about the specific volunteer opportunities and about the Art
Therapy Studio click here. Thank you for considering our request.
COLLECTIVE ARTS NETWORK (posted 7/2012)
Have you heard about the Collective Arts Network (CAN) Journal? A
group of visual arts organizations, including the Art Therapy Studio, put
together this printed publication to share some of their work in the
community. These pioneering organizations decided that by working
together, they could create something new–something to fill a void in
the Cleveland landscape–a reliable, print and online publication that
gives voice to the multitude of art organizations that liven our
neighborhoods and edify our lives
Issue 1 - January 2012 - Learn more about our visual arts scene
ATS featured on page 9
Issue 2 - Summer 2012 - ATS featured on page 20
Issue 3 - Fall 2012
Issue 4 - Winter 2012/2013 - ATS featured on page 25
Issue 5 - Summer 2013 - ATS featured on page 30
Issue 6 - Fall 2013 - ATS featured on page 26
Issue 7 - Winter 2013/2014 - ATS featured on page 30
The story of Mickie McGraw is one of those amazing tales that captivates
many in the art therapy world. Now a documentary produced by Expressive
Media “Yes You Can!” portrays her story from before she was diagnosed
with polio in 1952.
It reveals how she and psychiatrist George Streeter started the first art
therapy studio for patients in Cleveland’s Highland View Rehabilitation
Hospital in 1967 with just $9,000 and a little storage room. It explains how
she and Streeter, who was confined to a hospital bed with tuberculosis
while in medical school, discovered the healing power of art themselves
and realized that this experience could help others.
NEW DOCUMENTARY TELLS THE STORY OF ART THERAPY PIONEER MICKIE MCGRAW
AND THE ART THERAPY STUDIO (posted 11/2012)
It also details how she helped art therapy become a respected and recognized form of
treatment in the world of medicine, and how the Art Therapy Studio, still thriving after 45 years,
has become the model for others around the world in a wide variety of settings.
Designed to inspire, educate, and give courage and hope to everyone with a disability, the
documentary debuted at the 2012 Buckeye Art Therapy Association Annual Symposium in
September. A limited number of copies are available by phone (216) 791-9303. The cost is $35
(includes shipping) and proceeds will benefit the Art Therapy Studio.
The Art Therapy Studio is the oldest expressive arts therapy program of its kind in the country.
Since its inception in 1967, our programs have been developed around the philosophy that art
making is central to healing and wellness. In the safe, creative space of the studio, a person
is invited, guided, and encouraged by the highly trained, credentialed art therapists to
rediscover him or herself through the art making process.
Art Therapy Studio was one of 139 organizations in Cuyahoga
County to receive a Cuyahoga Arts and Culture grant. The $42,132
grant, one of 60 awarded in the “2014 Project Support I” grant
program, will support Art Therapy Studio’s 2014 “Discover the
Artist Within You” community classes. For more information,
$42,000 CUYAHOGA ARTS & CULTURE GRANT (posted 11/2013)
Click on image to
view promo film
Thank you for your support!
DISCOVER THE ARTIST WITHIN YOU!
WINTER CLASSES BEGIN IN JANUARY (posted 11/2013, updated 2/2014)
CELEBRATE YOUR CREATIVE SELF by joining one of our
weekly art classes featuring a variety of media including
watercolor, acrylic, clay, collage, drawing, and more!
Socialize, have fun, and create your own unique forms of
expression. Join at anytime and your fee will be pro-rated.
Daytime classes are offered at our 4 studios: Fairhill
Partners Building, Ursuline ArtSpace Studio, River's Edge at
St. Joseph Center and MetroHealth Senior Health & Wellness
NEW EVENING CLASSES are being offered at our Fairhill Studio on
Tuesday and Wednesday nights in January, February and March.
Classes include Drawing Out the Winter Blues, Steampunk
Jewelry, Creative Clay Works, and Painting for Relaxation.
No art experience is needed!
ANNUAL REPORT - 2012 (posted 4/2013)
Our 2012 Annual Report has just been published featuring client stories, program updates and
financials. In 2012, we provided art therapy services to 1,978 individuals and enlightened
another 1,047 individuals through our educational and community outreach activities reaching
a combined total of 3,025 individuals (55 percent increase over 2011).
Click here to view Annual Report.
Now offering Art Classes for Seniors at our Fairhill Studio.
MAKE ART AND MAKE FRIENDS! Our classes for seniors enrich
creativity, sharpen memory, and inspire new friendships. Come
discover how much fun you can have creating art in our
BEFORE YOU ENROLL IN THE SPRING SESSION . . .
Join our Seniors' Sampler Class - a two-week trial class
introduces you to our studio, staff, and approach to art. We will
apply the $30 fee for this class to one of our 11-week classes,
should you decide to enroll. Class will be held on Wednesday,
March 26 and Wednesday, April 2, 10 am-12 pm. Call for more
information or to register!
SENIORS' PAINTING GROUP (Wed., 9:30-11:30)
CREATIVE CLAY WORKS (Wed., 12:30-2:30)
ART FOR THE FUN OF IT! SENIORS' GROUP (Fri., 10:00-12:00)
ART IN THE EVENING
ART CLASSES FOR SENIORS
Click here to view brochure listing all the class offerings! Beginners are welcome, no art
experience necessary; all supplies are included, senior discounts and scholarships available
for those in need! You can join a class at any time and your fee will be pro-rated. Additional
information on our classes can be found here. Call Lynn for more information or to register!