CREATE to Mark 35th Anniversary with Reception, Exhibit Opening

CREATE Arts Center will mark its 35th anniversary with a free reception and exhibit opening on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 6–8 p.m. in the Tamar Hendel Art Gallery at 914 Silver Spring Ave.

The exhibition will feature a diverse group of local artists, with both two- and three-dimensional original works including paintings, sculptures and textiles.

Hendel, a Holocaust survivor, founded CREATE in 1986 to share the art therapy techniques that helped her cope and heal from trauma with others in her community. The organization and its certified arts therapists (which includes Hendel) now serve the metro area through art education programs, arts-based mental health services and community partnerships.

The group works with children, teens and adults living with mental health challenges, developmental disabilities and autism. 

In additional to individual art therapy, “CREATE offers bilingual services and group therapy sessions to families who support a loved one with a mental health challenges,” according to a press release.

Their services are provided at no or low-cost to people on fixed-or-low-incomes, and are designed to “to address the region’s growing mental health crisis among children, teens adults and older persons, exacerbated during the pandemic.”

Attendees at the reception and exhibit will be required to wear masks.

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