Saturday, September 17, 2017 the Center for Creative Arts Therapy held its second annual Open House, nearly doubling attendance from last year’s event. Guests enjoyed delicious appetizers and beverages provided by Mariano’s, Peet’s Coffee, Spice & Tea Merchants of Downers Grove and Culinary Teas while exploring the newly expanded space, including two art therapy rooms, a movement therapy space, and individual and family therapy rooms.
Attendees were given the opportunity to experience art therapy first hand through an indoor chalkboard wall stating “I am…”, in which participants filled in the blank, as well as a stress relieving dance/movement therapy group session.
The event featured creative arts therapy staff from the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, allowing attendees to meet one-on-one with the center’s support professionals.
Programs featured at the Open House included Arts Playschool for young children, Make teen after school arts program, Parent Education Series, Open Art Studio for families, along with teen support groups, child wellness programs, and individual, couples and family therapy.
“We had an impressive turnout this year and it was great to see so many families being involved and learning about how to support themselves and their family members struggling with life challenges such as divorce and the loss of a loved one,” said Rachel Wagner-Cantine, Dance/Movement Therapist.
New to the event this year, and a potential draw for the community, was the outdoor community art mural. “This event was informative and so much fun. I had no idea how healing the arts could be, and I was so excited to finally find a place where my family could go for help that didn’t involve just sitting and talking on a couch,” shared one Open House Attendee.
“This year’s Open House went really well,” said Azizi Marshall, Founder & CEO of the Center for Creative Arts Therapy. “And for anyone who couldn’t make it that night, you can always stop on in and learn what the Center for Creative Arts Therapy has to offer you.”
The Center for Creative Arts Therapy declared this event a huge success. Well over 100 guests showed up for the Open House, including local residents, community health organizations, students, and families.