What Our Community Thinks

Love, love this place. I’ve been here many times with my clients, and they always go above and beyond.

Amy DeLoye

It’s the most amazing place to go to to be creative and express your feelings in many ways I love it I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get their Frustration out

Rachel Kollman

For three years after my stroke, besides physical and speech therapy, I stayed home. I was too embarrassed. My life made such a big change when my friends dragged me out of the house and to The ARt Experience. I overheard Judy, the director, talking to a parent about what art can do for the brain. I thought maybe this will help me. I was encouraged to take a class in progress, assured that there would be someone to help me catch up. I found that the philosophy of The Art Experience; if someone is interested, they will never turn someone away. Art is my voice when I still have trouble with words.

Rhea McGee

My new found hobby has served me well at work, seeking out details in patient care that would ordinarily go missed. I have learned to listen closely not just for the details of a medical history but for what is missing from the picture that patients either forgot to tell me or this is insignificant. I have also become a better teacher in Opthalmology Resident Training. Through many years of schooling, I have learned that I am a visual learner. I have learned through my own education how to make sketches and flow charts to understand medical concepts for example. I use both my own experience and the techniques I’ve learned in art class to illustrate concepts to my students. Thank you for providing such a service.

Christina Gowda

Great place, lovely people, chill atmosphere. Really enjoyed my time there!

Salmiyeh Karimali

What Our Parents Think

My son, who is autistic, has attended workshops at The Ar Experience for over a year. He has shown an artistic flair for painting and has increased his confidence, self-esteem and independence. Prior to attending [Open Studio], he was shy and withdrawn. He now looks forward to attending weekly.

Andrea Tucker

My daughter had lost her love of school and was scared to go. She has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette Syndrome and ADHD. When we went to The Art Experience for an Earth Day event, she could have been overwhelmed by the artwork in the studio, live music, and other participants, but we spent over three hours there without one melt down! The artists gave a quick, one-on-one demo of the project (painting with moss milkshake) that allowed for her to do the project at her own pace. She stopped because she didn’t like the feel of the moss milkshake, and the staff provided food service gloves and she got messy! She sang, danced, and even let dirt touch her skin. She ate a cookie while still having dirt on her hands AND let an artist raise her up over his head [after having watched him do the same to his friend’s daughter]. She then let me hold her upside down and ‘sweep’ the floor with her hair! It was like I had my little girl back.

Shawn Grant

…Having experienced the good work of The Art Experience first hand, I can confidently say that it is a great place for kids and adults alike to reboot and recoup, and come out with a clearer perspective on things. The right side, or artistic side, of our brain is gently and seamlessly brought to the forefront when one is practicing art in the correct setting and with proper guidance. [With the right side of the brain at the forefront we are offered] the opportunity to stay in touch with the wonderful subjective and grounding spiritual aspect that we are all born with but get out of touch with in the process of “growing up.” The Art Experience actually seems to be using tangible methods for this intangible task…

Shivani Singh

Hear from Teachers

Wayne State University’s Art Therapy Program places many students at The Art Experience for internships and service-learning assignments. I am consistently impressed with the quality of supervision and mentoring provided to our students. In addition, I often receive calls from persons interested in shadowing or observing an art therapist, and always refer them to The ARt Experience, where I know they will see an exemplary example of art therapy

Holly Feen-Calligan, Phd., ATR-BC, Associate Professor, Coordinator, Art Therapy Program

…As part of our programming at Troy Center for Transition, we take our students out into the community every week for Community-Based instruction; however due to the broad range of abilities that our students have (cognitively, behaviorally, verbally, and fine motor skills), it is often difficult to find somewhere to go that can meet such a variety of needs. We started going to The Art Experience a couple years ago, and have found that TAE has been able to set up programs to meet the needs of ALL of our students! The art programs there have allowed all our students to experience individual “successes” that they are often not able to experience in other venues…

Kathy Hocking, Special Education Instructor

Hear From Partners

…The Community Art Lab at The Art Experience has given our low income, at risk children a venue to communicate their thoughts and feelings through a variety of creative processes. This partnership has been an incredible way for our children to feel supported during a very difficult, transitional time in their lives. The Art Experience offers unique programs that our residents would not otherwise receive during their year-long stay at Grace Centers of Hope…

Melissa Rodriguez, Director of Children’s Programs, Grace Centers of Hope

…TAE programs address obstacle to achieving and maintaining recovery by offering art as an alternative expression for consumers to verbal and drug therapies. At Common Ground we have been offering art therapy in our crisis residential home for over ten years with great results. We often refer consumers to The Art Experience who wish to continue using art for recovery, and have collaborated with them on programs for our clientele. The Art Experience is a unique program that is staffed by very dedicated art therapists who created and maintain the non-profit based on their belief and passion that art is therapeutic and can play an important role in recovery for many people.,.. There is not enough availability of structured art classes for consumers that respond best to the arts as opposed to verbal or medication interventions.

Tony Rothschild, Former President/CEO Common Ground