Arts Education

Creative Arts Therapies

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 ARE 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, Providence House, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 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.

What are therapist qualifications? 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:

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

Creative Arts Therapies Classes

Adapted Classes 

Participant-driven classes are designed to promote social skills in a positive, creative, accessible environment.

Ages 7-11

  • NEW! Adapted Arts Sampler Class: Introduction to music, theater, and dance art forms through movement to music, instrument play, creative dramatics, theater games and more. Thursdays 4:30-5:00 PM

Ages 12-17

  • Adapted Music: Participants engage in music experiences by listening and moving to music, playing instruments, and writing songs while exploring different instruments, genres. Tuesdays 4:30-5:00 PM
  • Adapted Dance: Students engage and explore in a safe and supported environment as they discover and develop movement, musicality and personal/social growth through dance. Wednesdays 5-5:30 PM
  • Adapted Theater: This class promotes creativity, self confidence, social interaction and positive self esteem through singing, acting and dancing. Mondays 4:30-5:15 PM
  • Adapted Art: Students create original artwork while practicing social skills, developing new ways of self-expression, and learning through doing. Thursdays 5:15-6:00 PM

Ages 18 and Up

  • Art Makers: Adapted multi-media visual arts class involving drawing, clay, sculpture, printmaking, painting, and collage-making activities. No previous experience needed! Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Music Makers: Adapted instrumental and vocal ensemble experience with opportunities to learn songwriting, music reading, and music performance. No previous experience needed! Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 PM
  • NEW! Scene Makers: Individuals participate in short skits and engage in solo or small group performances, learning the basic aspects of the stage. No previous experience needed! Mondays 5:30-6:30 PM

New participants contact Nicole Price, MT-BC in Creative Art Therapies at 216.521.2540 x34 to enroll.

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 Nicole Price, 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 art 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 Lauren Travillian, MT-BC in Creative Arts Therapies at 216.521.2540 x34.

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