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.
- 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
TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT FOR 2019
$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.
Parking will be available across the street from Greystone Hall in the CitiCenter Parking Deck, 132 S. High St.
Master Artist Sponsor
Master Apprentice Sponsors
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Patron of the Arts Sponsors
Bober Markey Fedorovich
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).