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February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

I have been taking art therapy classes, at the Art Therapy studio since July, and I throughtly enjoy it. The class that I am taking specifically is "Media Exploration For Those with MS". It is the one day of the week that I know I have a reason to go out. Art therapy allows me to express myself in ways that I did not know I could.

I also like the fact that I am with someone else who is experiencing the same condition, eventhough we are at different stages of the disease. We understand what each is going through.

Our instructor is very good, she has good ideas for projects, and she helps us when we need help,however, she does not take over the project!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In art therapy classes

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not do anything! I just hope more people will learn about it.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

All I wanted was to learn to do collage....and I ended up with years of warm and generous friendships. This art class is therapy in so many ways. While we stretch our creative possibilities, we share our lives with our classmates. We are open to each other's offers and insights. We pull our collective backgrounds into play while growing as individuals along the way. We have learned that , indeed, we Can Do. We have learned to applaud our successes. Whether we come into the class suffering in some emotional, physical, or mental way....or come into class on top of the world...we're all in it together. Everyone is there to work with you. And , you know what?, the art we produce is darn good too!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...the lift in my heart when I look forward to attending class. I'm eager to get to work...but just as eager to help someone along where I may. I've learned to be patient and to stretch my ideas of art. I love the child like feeling of discovery that Marty Stitt brings to her classes.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure the Board is aware of fundings that trickle down to the little people in the classes. That's where the real action is...the real success.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

Susan, a therapist at the Art Therapy Studio, reached and brought me to understand my middle child, who was between 2 special needs children. They formed a relationship with my whole family, so that I went back to receive therapy with a group of ladies doing art. That was a wonderful, healing experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The understanding of my son and the art around the house!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money to continue their wonderful work!

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

The Art Therapy Studio is an incredibly wonderful asset to the Cleveland community. Over the years I have had many connections to the Studio, as a mental health professional taking workshops, a client taking classes, and as a personal friend of co-founder Dr. George Streeter.

How many
communities have a welcoming, professionally-staffed place to go to learn about Art Therapy, to just be creative in a broad array of media? The service the Studio provides to those whose faculties are compromised is invaluable. And I personally have greatly appreciated all the opportunities I've had to be encouraged in my creativity there.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Some people say you have to go to art school to be an artist. The Studio nurtures the artist in all of us.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase publicity, so more people could take advantage of all the Studio has to offer.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

Upon retiring three and half yrs.ago as a professional counselor+ educator using art to help my students, I felt it was my turn to develop my creative side. The art therapy studio is a huge asset to Cleveland, reaching out to help tap creativity and help facilitate others dealing with hidden emotional blocks through art. It has helped me immensely. I have learned a lot and enjoy sharing the energy of others who are less fortunate than myself! Its a nurturing place for emotional needs, as well as expanding ones artistic abilities.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I look forward to my art classes every week, and have no idea what will come out in my artistic expression! One thing is for sure, I am improving!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a larger space. (Fairhill is small)...better materials to work with. Bigger selection of paints, paint brushes, and over all exposure to different techniques-using different materials.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

It must be more than 10 years ago when I first wandered into an art gallery in Chagrin Falls where there was a sign in the back that said "Discover the Artist in You". I was depressed, working 11pm - 7am, divorced, and did not really trust very many people. What I did most of the time was cry. In the back of the gallery, there was a woman named Marty who was teaching a small group of women to paint. They were laughing and having fun, and they all talked to me. Marty said something like I should look around and come back next week. I told her I had no talent for painting, no talent for anything at all. I think Marty heard the desperation in my voice. Marty said she didn't care whether I could paint or not, it didn't matter. She would teach me.
Marty taught me to paint, and she helped me stop crying. She, and the women I painted with for a number of years, in large part, gave me my life back. The Art Therapy Studio was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I still paint at home, I work afternoon shift, I am perusing my BSN, and I trust more. Most importantly, I'm very simply, still alive!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

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Very Well

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