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February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

I am a retired art therapist who worked for the art studio for a short time after graduating from the Art Therapy Masters Program of Ursuline College. As a graduate I was priviledged to have the help needed from the professionals at the art studio. I went on to work with seniors for the next 10 years because of the direction I received from this very knowledgeable staff. I retired 10 years ago but I continue to do my own "art Therapy". I have been taking classes offered by the Art Therapy Studio at the Chagrin Falls and now the Ursuline location since I retired. I also attended many workshops sponsored by the Art Therapy Studio. Each one was a special learning experience. I will continue to attend art classes and workahops when possible. The Art Studio is part of my life! Annette

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working with this organization and attending classes

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change nothing

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

The Art Therapy Studio reaches out to the community to provide not only art classes (Discover the Artist) but a system of social support. People (from my experience with the DTA group that I facilitate) who are for the most part socially isolated, can come together and share their stories, support one another and find a common bond through the art. They have a sence of belonging to something. The Art Therapy Studio provides people with a safe place where they aren't afraid to be themselves, where they can try new things and feel successful in their efforts. It is a wonderful thing to see the pride displayed on the face of someone as they smile ear to ear with their latest accomplishment. It is so rewarding to guide people through their uncertainity when they begin a project and give them the support, encouragement and guidance to see things out to the end. The Art Therapy Studio helps so many people through this process, regardless of their ability to pay! The Art Therapy Studio, for as many years as I have been with them, has always provided financial support / scholorship assistance to the many people enrolled in their classes that would otherwise have not have the resources to attend.

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While facilitating this group... It is a wonderful thing to see the pride displayed on the face of someone as they smile ear to ear with their latest accomplishment. It is so rewarding to guide people through their uncertainity when they begin a project and give them the support, encouragement and guidance to see things out to the end.

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The Art Therapy Studio helps so many poeple, regardless of their ability to pay! They reach out to the community, especially the elderly and those who have sustained medical or traumatic injury. It would be wouderful if more people / organizations could be aware of how the Art Therapy Studio gives to those individuals within their communities and support the Art Therapy Studio so that they can continue to provide such wonderful programming to people (despite their ability to pay).

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I was privileged to work for the Art Studio as an art therapist for over four years. During that time, I saw firsthand the impact that the arts could have on the lives of people of all ability levels. In addition to expressing themselves creatively, the clients of the art studio came to form a community that was welcoming and supportive to everyone, no matter a person's color, creed or situation. It was truly a blessed experience for all involved, both clients and staff.

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my own professional work and in my creative work as an artist.

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appropriate additional funding for the art studio so that their programs could expand.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I was involved with the Art Therapy Studio for more than eight years when I lived in the Cleveland area. During that time, I saw many students express themselves through art. Art offers an avenue to healing, self expression, and self discovery. This is a fabulous art therapy based organization that is much needed in the community. I highly suggest funding this organization which does so much to support those who often do not have many other resources.

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seeing the smiles on students' faces, art show exhibiting treasured works and growth of those participating in the classes and workshops

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find a way to provide more support to this worthy cause

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I was previously employeed at the art studio and continue to support all the wonderful activities and services they bring to the greater Cleveland area. The art studio was my introduction to the art therapy field whe I was an art therapy student. I learned more then I could write in this review. To put it simply it made me the therapist I am today and provided me with a strong foundation of art therapy and counseling approaches. The art studio has inspired many future art therapist and continues to provide guideance to future art therapy counseling students.
Rita K.

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I've gained knowledge and experience while working at the art studio.

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have encouraged more outreach on the westside of Cleveland.

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