Who We Are
The Operations of C.R.E.A.T.E.
Heather Hutchison, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT Executive Director
Aili Lopez, LMHC, ATR
Julianne Lewis, M.Ed
Saratoga Site Director
Schenectady Studio Director
C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing a space where the benefits of art-making impact both the individual and the community as a whole. We offer low-cost art workshops and groups, community wellness activities, and open studios to promote art-making and the creative process as a vehicle for personal growth, communication, and social change. We believe that the beneficial experience of art-making should be affordable and accessible to everyone. Our goal is to use expressive arts as an equalizer across cultural and economic barriers, and for participants to learn how to use art as an expressive medium to increase their general well-being. We focus on the process of the art-making, not the product. Unlike other art studios, our expectations are not rooted in a product or an image. We focus on the evolution of a piece and encourage conversation about its meaning.
Tracy Gilbert, LMHC, ATR
Kimberly Jefferson, MA, CCC, SLP
Melanie Puorto Conte
Marion Leap: Kids' Art Time and Kids' Art in the Park Summer program in Schenectady.
Colleen Wygal: Everything is Lit, All Write Together and Teen Art in the Park Summer program in Schenectady.
Kristi Isabella: Clay Day Sunday & Thursday in Schenectady.
Jen Horn: Healing Art Hour in Saratoga.
Erin Lawson: Paint Pouring in Schenectady.
Keisha R. Stovall: Special events and Open Studio in Schenectady.
Kathy Klompas: Gelli Plate Printing workshops in Schenectady and Saratoga.
Shayla: YA Graphic Novel Bookclub & The Stories We Live expressive writing workshop
* C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios does not provide Art Therapy services.*
If you are interested in Art Therapy, you may find more information at: The American Art Therapy Association. New York State: Office of the Professions