Art Therapy Studio is a non-profit organization with a 50+ year history of providing art therapy in a safe space for all people. We serve those seeking healing, wellness, and self-care, including serving individuals from historically underserved populations.
Enhancing the quality of life for all people through art therapy.
To be a leader in establishing art therapy as an acceptable, affordable, and accessible approach to healing, wellness, and self-care.
In 1967 Art Therapy Studio was co-founded by art therapist Mickie McGraw and psychiatrist George Streeter, MD (d. 2013). The idea for the studio developed out of Dr. Streeter’s and Mickie’s long-time interest in art as a healing tool, as they both dealt with serious physical illness as children. While working at Highland View Hospital, which is now part of the MetroHealth system, Dr. Streeter met Mickie and soon approached her with his idea to open an art studio in the hospital as part of the rehabilitation department. Since that point the studio continued to grow and expanded services to patients who were discharged and offered services to members of the community. By the 1990s, the studio became a freestanding nonprofit, relocating to its current Fairhill Road location. During our 50+ years of existence we have provided innovative therapeutic art programs to more than 50,000 people throughout Cuyahoga and neighboring counties in a variety of settings.
- WHAT DOES ART THERAPY STUDIO DO?
We develop relationships and facilitate art interventions between qualified art therapists and our client-artists to activate the clinically proven beneficial healing powers of artmaking. We use a strengths-based, trauma informed approach to empower those we serve to reach their full potential. We do this through group and individual therapy sessions at multiple locations, including our own Studio in the Fairhill Partners Building.
- HOW DO WE DO IT?
We employ Board-Certified/Credentialed Art Therapists to work with individuals, groups, and collaborate with community partners. We respond to the unique needs of our community by providing therapy that promotes mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and social connections in a virtual and in-person setting. We strive to provide equitable and accessible services by offering fee reductions to remove economic barriers to participate in our community art therapy programs. We elevate and increase our client–artist visibility in the community by providing opportunities to engage with new audiences.
- WHY DO WE DO IT?
We believe art therapy should be accessible to all because we believe that promoting mental health and wellness promotes healthy communities. Art therapy is an effective tool for individuals coping with addictions, trauma, bereavement, mental health diagnosis, serious injuries, acute and chronic illness, continual stress of homelessness and economic insecurities, depression, and even managing life’s day-to-day stresses. By removing the stigma often associated with seeking therapy, we can empower individuals to take ownership of their own wellness.
- WHO DO WE SERVE?
We operate within Northeast Ohio and our art therapists specialize in providing treatment for individual wellness, addictions and mental health, hospital-based inpatient and residential services, veterans, individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, kinship families, incarcerated youth, seniors, youth group programs, women and children in transitional housing, economically disadvantaged individuals, LGBTQIA+, and employee/personal wellness. If you are interested in services for an organization you represent please click here.
ATS Board of Directors
Diane Weidrick, President
Chris Treu, Vice President
Nike Olabisi-Green, Secretary
Jay Valerian, Treasurer
Maura L. Hughes
Honorary Member & Co-Founder
Mary K. (Mickie) McGraw