“If I can make something here [at Studio], it gives me confidence that I can make something of my life.”

— Studio Member


CREATE Art Center’s Studio/Virtual Studio program (formerly Studio Downstairs) provides emotional and social support for adults living with mental health challenges within a safe, stable, and artistic therapeutic community. Please note that Studio recently transitioned from an all-online format (Virtual Studio) to a hybrid format that is open to both in-person and virtual participation.

Through structured group art therapy, opportunities for museum visits (temporarily on hold), and public exhibitions of our members’ artwork, Studio challenges the stigma of mental illness by providing opportunities for healing, learning, growth, and personal development for those individuals experiencing a broad range of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional needs.

Studio/Virtual Studio meets three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm) for a 3-hour open group art therapy session led by a licensed art therapist. CREATE’s therapists are experienced in supporting both children and adults, and in addressing mental health challenges ranging from autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, traumatic brain injury, or loss or trauma as well as personal challenges such as stress, depression, trauma, anxiety, grief, and family relationships.

Contact us at arttherapy@createartscenter.org or call 301-588-2787 to learn more.


Our Studio program aims to support members’ improved social and artistic skills, increased emotional well-being, and connections with the larger community. Additionally, we provide opportunities for public exhibitions of our members’ artwork to further our goals and to enhance community awareness of mental health issues through the arts.

Studio is available to adults 18 years of age or older with a recommended three-month commitment.

Studio currently meets both in-person and via Zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am-1pm.

The fee for Studio is $75 per 3-hour session. Health insurance may cover part of the costs of Studio, however CREATE is not able to take insurance at this time. Please contact your health care provider to determine eligibility.

For more information or to become a member of Studio, please contact us at arttherapy@createartscenter.org or call 301-588-2787.