Arts Education

Creative Arts Therapies

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Since 2002, the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD) and Beck Center for the Arts have collaborated to present Razzle Dazzle - an annual stage production featuring the talents of CCBDD consumers and volunteers.  Each year, over 500 individuals gather to enjoy the stage production, take part in various musical performances and to see amazing art work created by those involved in Beck Center’s Creative Arts Therapies program.

This year the dream of Razzle Dazzle visionary Sue Duffy was recognized as St. Edward High School students from the film and International Baccalaureate programs created a documentary about the entire Razzle experience.  Led by instructor Nick Kuhar and filmed by talented students they captured the essence of the program from auditions through the final curtain call.

Click Here to View Razzle Dazzle

WHAT IS Music_Makers_SquareCREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES? Through the use of Creative Arts Therapies, individuals with special needs, which include mental, physical or developmental disabilities, are encouraged to maximize their potential. Using art, dance/movement and music as a therapeutic tool, individuals address academic, motor, emotional, and social skills as well as develop talents in the fine arts. Each participant receives individualized attention with personally designed goals tailored to meet his/her needs. Scroll down to see our Creative Arts Therapies offerings.

Who can benefit? Individuals of all ages including those diagnosed with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, William’s Syndrome, etc; physical or neurological disabilities caused by stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, acute/chronic pain; mental health needs such as anxiety/stress, depression, memory loss; adults with Alzheimer’s/Dementia.

Where are services used? Beck Center provides individual therapy sessions in dedicated session rooms in the Creative Arts Building on campus as well as group therapy sessions in the community at various contractual agencies including Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Adult Activity Center locations, Lakewood Hospital, Providence House, and University Settlement. Beck Center therapists and early childhood arts specialists use their unique understanding of therapeutic uses of the arts to provide developmentally-appropriate classes to children with and without special needs in various child development centers.

For a complete list of current agencies served, please click here.

What are therapist qualification? Each of our therapists is credentialed according to the guidelines set forth by the corresponding professional's national association and certification agency. For more information please visit.

Learn more about Creative Arts Therapies on the web:

• American Music Therapy Association

Continue scrolling for more information on individual sessions and group classes at Beck Center!

Art Makers Ages 18 and up Instructor: Kelly Pecl-Dreamer, MA, AT

Proudly supported by VSA Ohio/Cleveland Area Service Division, Art Makers is a multimedia visual arts experience for adults with special needs. Individuals create their own unique pieces of art while participating in drawing, clay, sculpture, printmaking, painting, and collage-making activities. Select pieces may be chosen to display or used in various art exhibits at Beck Center.

If you have any questions regarding this class, please contact Angel Foss, associate director of Creative Arts Therapies at 216.521.2540 x34 or email

*No previous experience needed!

Music Makers Ages 18 and up Instructor: Angel Foss, MT-BC

Proudly supported by VSA Ohio/Cleveland Area Service Division, Music Makers is an instrumental and vocal ensemble experience for adults with special needs. Individuals choose preferred music to play, develop needed social skills to work together, collaborate on reading and writing music, and learn how to perform for an audience. A performance for family and friends will be arranged at the end of class at Beck Center.

*No previous experience needed!

Private Sessions

Open enrollment throughout the year

Through the use of the music and art as a therapeutic tool, therapists provide private sessions for individuals of all ages with special needs including but not limited to those with developmental disabilities, genetic disorders, autism spectrum disorder, cognitive impairment such as traumatic brain injury or dementia, and emotional needs. Individuals are encouraged to maximize their potential through successful and accessible experiences designed to meet the specific goals and objectives of each individual.

• 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions

• Individual or group opportunities

• Initial Assessment required

• Individualized Treatment Plan

• Schedule based on therapist and client availability

• Music therapists credentialed via Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT)

• Art therapists credentialed via Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB)

An assessment is required prior to registration. For further information or to schedule an assessment, contact Angel Foss, MT-BC in Creative Art Therapies at 216.521.2540 x34.

Contractual and Consultation Services

Throughout the year - Creative Arts Therapies services are available to community-based agencies and organizations throughout Northeast Ohio. Our staff travels to early childhood centers, schools, adult activity centers, and healthcare facilities providing art therapy, music therapy, and adapted programs in theater and yoga. Sessions are frequently scheduled weekly, monthly, or on a special-event basis depending on the needs of each family.

Presentations for community groups or professional organizations are available to meet specific needs. In-services of any length may be designed to demonstrate the use and effectiveness of Creative Arts Therapies as well.

• Early childhood arts classes

• Rehabilitative and Healthcare facilities

• Day Habilitation arts programs+++

• Field Trips @ Beck Center

• Special events, festivals, fairs

• Presentations

For more information or to schedule an introductory session, contact Angel Foss, MT-BC in Creative Arts Therapies at 216.521.2540 x34.

Community West Foundation LogoThe Community West Foundation is a proud supporter
of Creative Arts Therapies programming at Beck Center for the Arts.