Located in a renovated school house in South Greensburg, MHA-SWPA’s new Art Cellar will be a community art “open studio” promoting communication through art, providing meaningful art experiences, and preventing mental health concerns while empowering individuals and the community in which they live. While there are a few private practice art therapists, no community group art program with a therapeutic component targeting this unique population exists in Greensburg.
Collaborating with Seton Hill University’s Art Therapy program, graduate level interns will facilitate art programs using an inclusive community model with individuals in recovery. Art therapy is helpful for people who experience illness, trauma, mental health issues, and challenges in living, as well as for those who seek personal insight and change.
By using an open concept studio design, the Art Cellar aims to integrate low income mental health consumers with community members; thereby, expanding social supports, and improving quality of life and dignity, providing them with a unique opportunity they would not otherwise have. The Art Cellar will foster new solutions and give voice to behavioral health clients so that they may live with dignity while encouraging self-sufficiency.
Please stay tuned to the Art Cellar page as this exciting and innovative project unfolds… and how YOU can lend your support.
Phase I Renovations: Completed Fall 2017
New glass block windows installed, and the entire space was cleaned up and cleaned out for the new concrete floor to be poured. Approcximately 40 cubic yards of waste and old materials were hauled away.