Creative Arts Therapies


What are Creative Arts Therapies?

Beck Center’s Creative Arts Therapies program, founded in 1994, is the first community-based program of its kind in Ohio. Each week, Beck Center therapists serve over 1,500 individuals on-site, and in over 30 organizations across the region. Services are provided to schools, social service agencies, medical facilities, retirement communities, and more. We are proud to provide Music, and Art, as well as adapted programming in music, theater, and the visual arts. Financial assistance resources are available.

The Creative Arts Therapies department creates accessible art experiences with people across the lifespan, from early childhood to older adults, including those with disabilities, by enhancing their quality of life through the use of the arts. 

For more information on how we can complement a therapeutic regimen for your or a loved one, please contact: Lauren Travillian at 216-521-2540 x34 or Video Credit: Purple-Films, LLC

Through the use of Creative Arts Therapies, children and adults with disabilities are encouraged to maximize their potential. Using art, dance/movement, theater and music as a therapeutic tool, individuals can address communication, 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.

Who Can Benefit?

Individuals of all ages including those diagnosed with developmental disabilities (such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, ADHD, William’s Syndrome, etc); physical or neurological disabilities caused by stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, acute/chronic pain; and mental health needs (such as anxiety/stress, depression, memory loss and 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, Lakewood City Schools, The Goddard Schools, 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 and adults with and without disabilities throughout Northeast Ohio.

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:

Private Sessions

The Creative Arts Therapies program offers music therapy, art therapy, as well as adapted music, art, and theater for individuals with disabilities. In addition, the staff leads a wide variety of early childhood programs for children without and with disabilities.

Through the use of the creative arts therapies, individuals with mental, physical, or developmental disabilities, are encouraged to maximize their potential. Using music, drama, and the visual arts as a therapeutic tools, individuals address cognitive, motor, emotional, communication, and social skills as well as talents in the fine arts. Each participant receives individualized treatment with personally designed goals tailored to meet their needs.

Beck Center for the Arts accepts family services funding for creative arts therapies programs through the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Greater Cleveland’s Positive Education Program. Financial assistance is also available to those who qualify. Please contact Lauren Travillian, Associate Director of Creative Arts Therapies at (216) 521-2540 x34 or

Art Therapy and Music Therapy – Private Sessions

  • Individualized treatment plan

  • Sessions include the use of visual and auditory cues, adapted arts resources, personalized structure based on each individual’s ability and interests

  • Services for individuals are offered as weekly individual or small group sessions at the Beck Center.

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

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

  • Approved provider through the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities family services program, the Positive Education Program and the Medicaid SELF waiver funding program.

  • Financial assistance available to those who qualify

Adapted Individual Lessons

  • Adapted lessons are designed for individuals who will thrive with specialized individual direction

  • Adapted music lessons are available on guitar, drums (percussion), piano, and ukulele. Please call to inquire availability for adapted lessons on an instrument not listed above.

  • Adapted art lessons available in painting, pottery, drawing, watercolor, and mixed media.

  • Adapted theater/performance and dance lessons also available.

  • Individual or group performance/showcase opportunities throughout the year are optional.

Sessions range from 30-60 minutes in length and may begin at any time during the year. Fees are pro-rated based upon time of enrollment. Schedule based on therapist and client availability.

An assessment/interview is required prior to registration. For further information or to schedule an assessment, contact Nicole Price, Associate Director of Creative Arts Therapies at (216) 521-2540 x34 or

Therapy Classes

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

Ages 7-11

  • 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.
    Thursdays 5:15-5:45 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

  • 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 please contact Nicole Price, MT-BC in Creative Arts Therapies at (216) 521-2540 x34 or to enroll.

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


Contractual and Consultation Services

Our services are available to community-based agencies, schools, early childhood centers, adult activity centers, and health care facilities throughout Northeast Ohio. Services may include art therapy, music therapy, and adapted programs in dance and theater. Our staff members are prepared to work with all organizations to provide effective and meaningful programs.

These services are offered for an ongoing weekly basis or on a one-time basis for a special event, field trip or performance. Services can be started at any time throughout the year.

Presentations for community groups or professional organizations can be tailored to the interests and needs of each group/organization. In-services of any length may be designed to demonstrate the research, use, and effectiveness of creative arts therapies, early childhood arts programming, inclusion, or sensory-friendly programming. Our most recent local presentation partners have included “Utilizing the Arts for Health, Resilience, and Wellness” through music and theater with the Cleveland Clinic Arts & Medicine Institute, “Arts and Autism” at the Sandusky State Theater, and “Inclusion through the Arts” at Mandel Jewish Day School.

For more information or to schedule a meeting or introductory session, contact Lauren Travillian, MT-BC in Creative Arts Therapies at (216) 521-2540 x34 or

Events at Beck Center

Razzle Dazzle

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.

In 2017, 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 were able to capture the essence of the program from auditions through the final curtain call.

Sensory-Friendly Dance Education Performances

Sensory-friendly performances are staged for audience members with disabilities. Our sensory-friendly performances are welcoming and impactful for those with developmental disabilities, such as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Productions provide an inclusive and safe environment and is a meaningful way to open yet another door to arts participation in our community. Quiet room and art activities are available for individuals who need time away from the performance. A social story, written in collaboration with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, is provided to participants to prepare them for this exciting event.

Sensory-Friendly Super Saturdays

During each Super Saturday we provide sensory friendly activities that offers a supportive and welcoming environment for children and families that need a quiet or "take a break space" in which to be creative.

Sensory-Friendly Arts Experiences

Be on the lookout for our next event for individuals with disabilities and their families to come and get creative through hands-on art, music, theater, and dance experiences. These events are led by board-certified music therapists, art therapists, and drama therapists, along with adapted program specialists from the Creative Arts Therapies department. A quiet room & other resources are available at all sensory-friendly events. Check out some photos from some previous events we have hosted!