Art Therapy Studio’s Response to COVID-19

As is the case for every organization, Art Therapy Studio is working to respond to COVID-19 and determine the best way we can support our local community. Due to the extended social distancing recommended at this time, ATS has suspended our in-person art therapy sessions. Social distancing associated with COVID-19 significantly challenges ATS’ ability to serve our community and the artists with special needs, who rely upon weekly art therapy for their well-being.

ATS’ clinical and administrative staff identified alternative means of delivering our services remotely to anyone who needs them through distance art therapy sessions. The switch from art therapy in the studio and onsite throughout our region, to remote interactions requires considerable technical infrastructure capacity-building, and we are actively seeking funding from multiple sources to help facilitate this change. If you are interested in supporting this effort, you can visit the donation page on our website, or reach out to Jennifer Souers Chevraux, ATS’ Development Director, via email for more information on how you can help us through this challenging time.

The mental health ramifications of COVID-19 and the impact of social distancing will have negative short- and long-term effects on our community, so we are thinking creatively about ways to be present in the lives of our artists and reach new audiences in our community through online experiences. Based on data collected by our therapists during this initial phase, ATS will come up with a strategy to continue to provide virtual outreach as part of our overall programming once the COVID-19 crisis abates.

As these initiatives take shape, we will share news via email, our website, and through social media. If you don’t already follow ATS on Facebook and Instagram, now is a great time to connect with us.

We recognize that the need in our community is both substantial and widespread. Art Therapy Studio is one of many organizations looking for additional support during the COVID-19 crisis. Be assured that any gift we receive will go directly to the critical art therapy services we provide for at-risk members of our community. Now, as always, ATS staff and leadership remain committed to our mission of enhancing individuals’ quality of life through therapeutic art.

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