Art of Recovery

Benefiting the enhancement of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program@ Community Support Services, the event has showcased over 200 original artworks since it began as a yearly celebration in 2016. By bringing attention to artist’s strengths through artistic expression, we help to fight stigma still associated with mental illness. The public display encourages guests to witness the powerful impact creative expression affords in the mental health recovery process.

Event Features

  • VIP reception for artists and sponsors from 5:00pm – 5:30pm
  • More than 40 pieces of original artwork - all of which will be for sale with 75% of proceeds going back to the artist and 25% reinvested in the Expressive Arts Therapy program
  • Poetry reading by Walter 
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.
  • Live entertainment featuring Nashville-based songwriter and singer, Kate Tucker & local musician, Alex

limited edition artworkTicket Options


$60 – General Admission Ticket
$125 – Limited Edition Artwork Ticket (includes general admission ticket and a limited edition 11x14 print signed by the artist). 

Limited Edition Artwork - Homecoming - Lisa

About the Artist: Amy Freed, 44, was born and raised in the Cleveland area and moved to Akron in 1997. While Cleveland is where she grew up she considers Akron her hometown and loves the combination of a big city arts scene combined with small town hospitality and culture. Amy began individual art therapy nearly two years ago and has experienced tremendous personal growth in that time. After decades of talk therapy she felt that her growth was stagnant and was elated to find out that CSS offered individual art therapy. The experience of using art as a way to express emotions is so much deeper than any words can express and helped unlock potential for growth that was not happening otherwise.  In addition to being an artist Amy also works at an indoor playground hosting birthday parties, she is a proud mother of four amazing kids, loves to cook and enjoy all the music, arts, parks, and festivals that Akron has to offer.


Event Parking

Parking will be available across the street from Greystone Hall in the CitiCenter Parking Deck, 132 S. High St.

Event Sponsors

Master Artist Sponsor

Peg's Foundation logo

Master Apprentice Sponsors


Wealth Impact Advisors
Tober Building Company Logo
Reymann Foundation logo                           


Apprentice Sponsor

Cleveland Clinic Akron General 

Credible Wireless

Patron of the Arts Sponsors

Bober Markey Fedorovich

Klein's Pharmacy 


Non-Profit Supporters of the Arts

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

Akron Municipal Court Judges

NAMI Summit County 

North Coast Community Homes

Portage Path Behavioral Health

Summit County Probate Court


We are looking for sponsors for this engaging evening - if you would like more information about sponsorship, please contact Kim Meals (330-996-9141 or

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March 14, 2019, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

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Greystone Hall, 103 South High Street, Akron

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