Art is a powerful means of expression and healing.

About the Project

Many adults with mental illness struggle to integrate into their communities after in-patient treatment. Without support, these individuals are vulnerable to relapse, additional hospitalizations, vagrancy, and homelessness. CREATE’s Studio Downstairs provides psychological and social support for mentally ill adults who live independently but are unable to manage the daily stressors of attending school or job. These adults don’t fit into the treatment structures available for other, less independent, patients. No other program in Montgomery County provides support for this population.

Studio Downstairs members meet twice weekly for a 3-hour session led by an art therapist. Studio Downstairs members:

• Use art to increase self-awareness, promote emotional healing, and improve social interaction.
• Talk about difficulties with their art, daily life, and illness.
• Connect with the larger community, increase awareness, and counteract stigmas surrounding mental illness through exhibitions of artwork and trips to museums.
• Commit to attend a group art therapy session at least once a week for 3 months.
• Pay on a sliding scale.

One of the hallmarks of Studio Downstairs has been the consistency and continuity it offers members. Providing art therapy is core in CREATE’s mission and continues to be a priority in our budget. CREATE has operated Studio Downstairs for more than 10 years with a diverse funding base using fees from members, modest grant support, donations, and general operating revenue; however, additional funding received now will have a long-range effect on program sustainability.

By supporting Studio Downstairs today, you ensure that we can:

• Enhance outreach efforts with local mental health care providers to identify County residents who can benefit from art therapy.
• Hold two art exhibits and two field trips.
• Improve evaluation to ensure high quality services.


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We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support!

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  • Donate $10 or more

    Support Studio Downstairs at the $10 level and receive a shout out on Facebook.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $25 or more

    Support Studio Downstairs at the $25 level and receive a one-of-a-kind bookmark created by a Studio Downstairs member.
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    Support Studio Downstairs at the $50 level and receive a light switch plate hand-painted by a Studio Downstairs member.
    (9 of 10 remaining)
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  • Donate $100 or more

    Support Studio Downstairs at the $100 level and receive a copy of "The Apricot Tree," an original children's book created by two Studio Downstairs members.
    (7 of 8 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    Support Studio Downstairs at the $250 level and provide a scholarship for three Studio Downstairs sessions.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
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