Art Therapy Studio News
May 2017

In this issue: 50th Anniversary Events - Client Spotlight
MetroHealth Art Show - VSA Ohio Traveling Art Show 
Legislative Efforts - 2016 Annual Report

Pictured: Petals in the Wind by Adrianne
Dear Friends of the Art Therapy Studio, 

Every year May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year the opioid crisis has increased awareness of addiction and mental health challenges. From media coverage to conversations in our living rooms, this is a critical topic that hits home especially in Cuyahoga County and throughout Ohio. 
Executive Director
Shannon Scott-Miller
As we raise awareness around growing concerns, we should also focus on the resources available to reach for and maintain good mental health practices. Art therapy provides an opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings, to explore new ways of coping, and reconnects people to themselves and their community. We are proud to be helping our community as we face this challenge together. 

Learn more about how the Art Therapy Studio provides a full continuum of care to those facing opioid addiction and other challenges in this month's Letter from the Director on our website. 

To honor the last 50 years of Making Art with Meaning and improving the lives of so many individuals, our 50th anniversary committee and staff are planning our September Gala and several other events. Keep your calendars clear for these dates:
August 5 - Terminal Tower Observation Deck Celebration 
September 9 - 50th Anniversary Gala at the Ariel Pearl Center
October 2 - Signature of Solon Golf Outing benefiting the Art Therapy Studio 
TBA - Color Run 5K at Ursuline College benefiting the Art Therapy Studio

Please email Jennifer Talley if you would like to be added to our mailing list. 
Loretta joined the Art Therapy Studio's Discover the Artist Within You program (DTA) to help cope with and manage illness. As a community class, DTA allows individuals like Loretta to create art in a therapeutic setting while achieving growth, healing, and wellness. DTA classes continue to give Loretta an opportunity to focus on art and express herself through her creations, which helps her to manage her anxiety and cope with other challenges. Hear Loretta's story in her own words on our website. 

Pictured: Loretta discusses how the studio has improved her life. 
The Art Therapy Studio's 50 year history started with a chance meeting at MetroHealth in 1967. Intern Mickie McGraw and psychiatrist Dr. George Streeter crossed paths and founded what has become the oldest creative therapies organization of its kind. In celebration of our history and long-standing partnership with MetroHealth, Art Through the Ages is on display at MetroHealth now through the end of July. The show is on display in the patient lobby at the main hospital and features pieces from current and former clients at MetroHealth, as well as historical art and photographs representing our fifty year relationship. Learn more about the show on our website. 

Pictured top: A group art therapy session held at MetroHealth.
Pictured bottom: The group of clients who first created Wheel Art. 
We are proud to be a part of VSA Ohio's traveling art show, Accessible Expressions Ohio, featuring art created by individuals with disabilities. Please join us for an opening reception at the George Streeter Gallery at Fairhill on May 20 at 2 pm, followed by a "Pricing Your Art" workshop, by Daric Gill, at 3 pm. The show is on display through June 28 during our business hours. Learn more about VSA Ohio and the exhibit on our website
May is Mental Health Awareness Month 
May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month (MHM), and the Art Therapy Studio is proud to help raise awareness of mental health challenges. The theme for this year's MHM is Risky Business, focusing on recognizing early signs that an individual may be facing a mental health challenge. Visit the MHM website to learn more about at-risk behavior and tips on how to boost your mental health. 
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