“Being connected to and a part of The Art Studios program has helped me tremendously throughout my recovery and journey to heal. I have been a member of the studios for several years now. Back when I first started as a teenager I was recognized as an agoraphobic. Attending the Youth Group was literally the only thing that motivated me enough to step outside my front door. I have grown so much since then and The Art Studios continues to play a major part in my life.
I have participated in the majority of the courses offered and now assist in one of the Beginners classes. I would not have been able to gain the confidence within myself to do the things I am now capable of doing without the constant support from staff and other members of the program. It is with that continual encouragement and belief in my abilities that I have now recently expanded my dedication to helping others and have become a peer support worker for mental health.
I have also noticed considerable improvement of my own artistic skills from having access to this wonderful resource. The safe and accepting environment provided ensures that individuals are comfortable exploring varied creative interests while also strengthening interpersonal skills. Needless to say, The Art Studios is truly an exceptional program and I would be lost without it.”