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.


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Sarah finds wellness through art therapy

Our Discover the Artist Within You (DTA) program provides 11 weekly art therapy group sessions with the purpose of exploring art for self-awareness and self-expression. Sarah started participating in DTA in the fall of 2015 and has made significant improvements in her life since then.

Read more about Sarah and hear her story in her own words. Thanks for Joshua Kubicek of Mills James for producing our special 50th anniversary storytelling video series.

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In her own words: kathy’s story of making art with meaning

For over a decade Kathy has been using art therapy to help her cope with life’s challenges, including being a full-time caretaker and facing the loss of her husband. See how art therapy has impacted Kathy and hear it in her own words.

Thanks to Joshua Kubicek of Mills James for producing our special 50th anniversary storytelling video series.

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Scott’s Story of Making Art With meaning

Scott has been using art therapy for over 20 years to build and maintain positive ways of coping. See how art therapy has impacted Scott and hear it in his own words.

Thanks to Joshua Kubicek of Mills James for producing our special 50th anniversary storytelling video series.

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EVENTS and shows

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50th Anniversary benefit

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Ariel Pearl Center

Mark your calendar for the evening of Saturday, September 9th. We are celebrating Fifty Years of Making Art with Meaning with a benefit at the newly renovated Ariel Pearl Center, and we want you to join us! In honor of our founding year of 1967 and the five decades since then, we’re taking a look back at the art and culture of the 1960s and through the decades. You won’t want to miss this unique event!

Please contact Jennifer Talley or call our office if you would like to be added to our invitation mailing list.

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Art through the ages: Metrohealth 50th anniversary art show

Now through July 31, 2017
During building hours
MetroHealth Main Campus
2500 MetroHealth Dr, Cleveland, OH 44109

The Art Therapy Studio’s 50 year history started with a partnership between Dr. George Streeter and Mickie McGraw at MetroHealth Medical Center. Art Through the Ages celebrates the roots of the studio and the continued long term partnership that we have had with MetroHealth, featuring pieces by current and former MetroHealth clients as well as a photographic and written history of our partnership over the last 50 years. This unique exhibit is open to the public through the end of July.

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SPACES August 2


First Thursday Monthly – February 2 through December 7, 2017

2900 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

The Art Therapy Studio has partnered with SPACES to offer community art therapy sessions the first Thursday of every month in 2017. Participants will engage in art making, connect with their community, and be inspired by the latest experimental art. Each session is $5 and participants may attend individual sessions or sign up for all eleven classes. Call the Art Therapy Studio to register (216-791-9303).

August 3 – Painting and Poetry: Experiment with some very fluid and abstract water color techniques. Gather a variety of meaningful words from old books and magazines or write your own haiku and collage it onto your painting.

Registration Required 


Collective Wisdom at Beachwood Community Center

June 26 – July 21, 2017
9am -4pm M-F, 10am-3pm Sat, 10am-1pm Sun
Opening reception Sunday, July 9, 1-2:30pm
Beachwood Community Center, 25325 Fairmount Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122

Collective Wisdom is an inspiring and upbeat collection of 2- and 3- dimensional art celebrating the Art Therapy Studio’s 50th anniversary of promoting health and wellness through involvement in the visual arts. The show will feature favorite pieces from local artists in our Streeter Collection and the art of current clients from diverse locations throughout the city.

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Fairhill Studio Summer Art Show

Public reception Friday, August 11, 11:00am – noon
On display now during building hours
Fairhill Studio – 12200 Fairhill Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44120

Join us in celebration of our summer art show at the Fairhill Studio. The show includes pieces from Discover the Artist Within You students from Fairhill and from the Far West Center. The show is on display now and a public reception will be held on Friday, August 11 from 11am – noon.

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Color Run, Walk & Roll 5k

September 16, 2017
Ursuline College – 2550 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124

Mark your calendar for the first ever Color Run, Walk & Roll 5k at Ursuline College. This unique, colorful, and accessible event will benefit the Art Therapy Studio in celebration of our 50th anniversary.

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