Arts For Healing

Arts for Healing is an art-based therapeutic program available to organizations and community groups offering physical, emotional and psychological care and support services to residents of Dutchess County and neighboring counties. We offer immersive, creative experiences in visual arts to support, maintain and improve overall health, quality of life, emotional and cognitive abilities, interpersonal skills, and personal development.

These programs aim to serve the needs of individuals living with trauma, disease, or disabilities, who benefit greatly from the therapeutic power of art.


Programs include activities and instruction in a variety of artistic mediums, including painting, printmaking, collage, mask making, ceramics, sculpture, photography, mixed media, and more. Artistic mediums and activities can be tailored to fit an agency or individual’s particular needs.

Engagement in our Arts for Healing programs provide participants with a form of self-expression, increased self-esteem and sense of control, community involvement, and a dramatically increased feeling of hope. Participants also can experience a decreased sense of isolation and anxiety. Programs can be tailored to the needs of the participants to limit stimulation or provide tactile, external engagement, encourage non-verbal communication, or assist those with limited fine-motor skills.

Arts for Healing programs can also provide soothing and nourishing art-centric activities for those engaged in self-care or trauma-informed care, for those involved in health care or human services.

Teaching Artists & Community Partners

Our Arts of Healing staff are trained art therapists who use specific arts-based activities to support, maintain, and improve overall health, physical, emotional and cognitive functioning, interpersonal skills, personal development, and quality of life. The teaching artists for each program are chosen based on the needs and interests of the population attending the program.

Some of our previous and current Arts for Healing partners include The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Vassar Warner Home, Vassar Brothers Medical Center’s Pediatrics and Oncology Units, Renaissance Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center, Alzheimer’s Association – Hudson Valley Region, and the ARC of Dutchess.


The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie has utilized the Arts for Healing Program for four years. It is extremely popular among our youth because of the talent, creativity, and flexibility of the art therapists and their remarkable ability to engage our youth. It is a major asset to our trauma-informed treatment program. I recommend this program enthusiastically without reservation. – David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, Clinical Director, Licensed Psychologist, NYS #4376

The feedback we received from the women who attended was overwhelmingly positive…universal feedback [was that] the program was calming, relaxing and serene. – Marlene Stager of Support Connection.

Request A Program

Each Arts for Healing program is designed to meet the specific needs of the population being served. Programs can be geared towards individual or collaborative works. To learn more about our program, please contact Mary Ellen at or call 845-471-7477.

Programs provided by this agency are partially funded by monies received from Ann and Abe Effron Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and the Wollner/Troccia Family Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.