Community Art Therapy Programs

We believe everyone can benefit from participating in art therapy, this is why all of our Community Art Therapy Programs are open to everyone, no referral needed. We also provide income-based financial assistance for those who qualify, follow this link for more information or contact us at 216-791-9303.  

Our Community Art Therapy Programs are offered as small group art therapy programs modeled after our philosophy that art making is central to the healing process. Programs utilize creative art therapy techniques in group settings to focus on specific concerns and various approaches to art using painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and more. Our credentialed art therapists are especially equipped to work with individuals with emotional, cognitive, or physical limitations and are fully adaptable to the needs of our artists. 

Why group art therapy? Receiving art therapy in a group setting allows for increased socialization, accountability, and self-regulation. If you don’t feel group art therapy is a good fit for you, we also offer Individual Art Therapy Sessions.   


Community Art Therapy Programs Available

Each of our Community Art Therapy Programs run for 11-weeklong sessions and are offered seasonally 4 times a year. Programs are scheduled Monday through Saturday and are designed around a specific media, such as painting, drawing, clay, collage, mixed media, etc. For individuals wanting a more open self-directed format with a variety of media, we offer Open Studio sessions. We offer virtual and in-person options for most of our art therapy programs.

Registration for our current season is CLOSED. Sign up for our e-newsletter and receive notification when registration opens for the next season of Community Art Therapy Programs.  

Check the schedule below for a sample of programs offered and find the time and program that works for you. Programs subject to change and availability.

  • Monday

    Monday Painting & Drawing

    Time: 10:00-12:00 pm

    Quiet Painting & Assemblage Group

    Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

    Monday Evening Open Studio

    Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

  • Tuesday

    Discover The Artist Within You

    Morning Session Time: 10:30-12:00 pm at Art Therapy Studio

    Afternoon Session Time: 1:00-2:30 pm (virtual only)

    Tuesday Painting & Drawing

    Time: 10:00-12:00 pm (virtual only)

    Tuesday Open Studio

    Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

    Tuesday Quiet Painting

    Time: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm (virtual only)

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday Media Sampler

    Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Wednesday Creative Clayworks

    Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

  • Thursday

    Thursday Papercraft

    Time: 10:00-12:00 pm

    Thursday Ceramics

    Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

  • Friday & Saturday

    Friday Open Studio

    Time: 10:00-12:00 pm

    Freestyle Fridays

    Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

    Saturday in the Studio

    Time: 12:00-2:00 pm

All programs take place at our Studio located in The Fairhill Partners Building at 12200 Fairhill Road, Room C153,  Cleveland unless otherwise noted. 

What to Know Before Registering for Art Therapy

  • First Time Participants

    Starting something new can be intimidating, especially with people you don’t know. This is why we require all first time participants to schedule a "Meet & Greet" tour with one of our Art Therapy Studio New Client Liaisons by completing this form or by calling our Office Manager at 216-791-9303. Our New Client Liaison will work with you to schedule a convenient time to visit our Studio and answer any questions you have about receiving services, billing & cost of receiving services, recommend classes to register for, and give you a tour of Studio.

  • What You Need To Know Before Registering
    • The Registration Fee for all Community Art Therapy Programs is $175, unless noted otherwise. Additional fees may apply. All Registration and other fees are subject to change.
    • No art skills needed.
    • No referral needed.
    • We do not accept health insurance at this time.
    • Financial assistance is available based on income (see below).
    • Not all programs take place at our location in the Fairhill Partners Building. Please confirm location and your ability to attend before signing up for a program.
    • Virtual programs are available.
    • Supplies are included.
    • Payment for programs are due at the time of registration. There will be no make-up classes or refunds.
    • Class confirmation will be emailed out a week before sessions start.
    • Space is limited and classes fill up quickly!
    • No sessions will be held on major holidays.
    • In case of inclement weather, all Community Art Therapy classes will be cancelled if Cleveland City Schools has a snow day. If we have inclement weather but Cleveland City Schools is not cancelled, individual classes may still be cancelled. Students will be notified of cancellation by their art therapist.
  • Financial Assistance

    Financial assistance will be determined by a sliding scale based on household income. If your household earns $20,000 or less annually, you qualify for a 50% reduction of your registration fee. If your household earns less than $15,000 annually, you qualify for a 75% registration fee reduction. Financial assistance only applies to our Community Art Therapy Programs and excludes special events, individual sessions, and the Breathe, Relax, Create series. Please contact our offices at 216-791-9303 for information on how to apply for financial assistance and register for upcoming Community Art Therapy sessions.

  • Payments Accepted

    Payment is due upon registration. We accept payment for registration in cash, most major credit cards, and check.

    If you have made a payment via check or e-check (ACH) and the check is returned from the bank as dishonored (a.k.a. “bounced”), a $25 check fee will be applied. We will notify individuals when we have received a returned check and provide them with an opportunity to pay the fee and balance due within 5 business days, after which the registration will be cancelled if payment arrangements haven’t been made. In addition, individuals who have paid with a returned check will be requested to pay via cash or credit card for all future transactions.

  • Cancellations and Refunds

    Registration fees for our Community Art Therapy programs are to paid in their entirety, whether you attend all the sessions or not. We do not reimburse or adjust fees for missed sessions.

    Your payment for registration reserves your spot in the program(s) for which you have signed up to attend. Since we have limited spots available, we have updated our refund policy to encourage individuals who need to cancel to do so in enough time for someone else to fill the open spot. We offer a full money back refund for cancellations up to 7 days prior to the first date of the program(s) in which you are registered to attend. We offer a 50% refund for cancellations up to 3 days prior to the first date of the program(s) for which you are registered to attend. We do not give refunds for registration if you cancel 48 hours (about 2 days) or less before the first date for the program(s) for which you are registered to attend. There are no refunds for session days you do not attend. If Art Therapy Studio needs to cancel a session day, we will do our best to schedule a make-up date which will be offered at the end of the program.

    Every Community Art Therapy program has an enrollment minimum of 4 people for the program to run. If the program fails to achieve 4 enrollments a week before the program begins, participants will be notified and offered the option to transfer to another open program or receive a refund.

    Refunds will be issued in the method in which the initial payment was received. We do not hold refunds as “store credit” for future registrations. Once you have cancelled your registration your refund will be issued within 24-48 hours (about 2 days). 

  • Late Registration

    There is a $25 late registration fee if you enroll in any Community Art Therapy Program after the Registration Deadline. We will accept late registration up until the week before the Community Art Therapy Programs begin.

    If you are a new client-artist this fee will be waived for the first session(s) you register for since your "Meet & Greet" with your New Client Liaison may occur after the registration deadline.


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