Our Response to COVID-19
As is the case for every organization, Art Therapy Studio is working to respond to COVID-19 and determine the best way we can support our local community. I want you to know that due to the extended social distancing recommended at this time, ATS has suspended our in-person art therapy sessions.
Social distancing associated with COVID-19 significantly challenges ATS’ ability to serve our community and the artists with special needs, who rely upon weekly art therapy for their well-being.
ATS’ clinical and administrative staff identified alternative means of delivering our services remotely to anyone who needs them through distance art therapy sessions. The switch from art therapy in the studio and onsite throughout our region, to remote interactions requires considerable technical infrastructure capacity-building, and we are actively seeking funding from multiple sources to help facilitate this change. If you are interested in supporting this effort, you can visit the donation page on our website, or reach out to me via email for more information on how you can help us through this challenging time.
The mental health ramifications of COVID-19 and the impact of social distancing will have negative short- and long-term effects on our community, so we are thinking creatively about ways to be present in the lives of our artists and reach new audiences in our community through online experiences. Based on data collected by our therapists during this initial phase, ATS will come up with a strategy to continue to provide virtual outreach as part of our overall programming once the COVID-19 crisis abates. As these initiatives take shape, we will share news via email, our website, and through social media. If you don’t already follow ATS on Facebook and Instagram, now is a great time to connect with us.
We remain committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our artists and thank you for your ongoing support of Art Therapy Studio’s mission to enhance individuals’ quality of life through therapeutic art.
#ArtTherapyThursday at Home Edition
Stay connected with us on social media for #ArtTherapyThursday at Home Edition which will be posted every Thursday for the months of April and May. Everyone at home can follow along while being led through an art task with one of our art therapists. To check out past #ArtTherapyThursday’s visit our Facebook Page or our YouTube Channel.
Blick Art Materials Donation
Art Therapy Studio is responding to the COVID-19 crisis by launching a distance art therapy program for our artists and community members and we need your help. Blick Art Materials in Cleveland Heights has generously donated art supply kits that participants can use at home during therapy sessions. This is an incredible gift and we are delighted to be able to share these kits with our artists in need during this trying time.
It costs $10 to package and mail one of the Blick kits to an artist in need, and every donation will help us reach our goal of sending out 100 kits. Your contribution will have a direct impact on the lives of those struggling to cope during the COVID-19 crisis. If you would like to help send kits to our artists, you’ll find the campaign on our Facebook page.