Art Awakenings; creativity as therapy

PSA Art Awakenings opened at a new location, 1023 F AVenue, on March 31. 

In Douglas local residents have access to a wide umbrella of behavioral health services, to include the therapeutic teachings and guidance of PSA Art Awakenings.

The non-profit organization has operated in Douglas for a few years, and works to promote empowerment and recovery through the power of creative expression, with children and adults who face behavioral health challenges.

PSA Art Awakenings provides safe and supportive environments that foster exploration and development of artistic skills.   

“They come here and find their interest and dive into what they already like such as pottery, clay, painting, sketching, fiber art [etc…],” said Sean Ortega, Behavioral Health Technician. “We work towards their treatment goals using the art process.”

Artists are often referred, and walk-ins are also welcomed, Ortega mentioned.

Art Awakenings provides transportation if needed, as well as group counseling, and workshops that develop independent living skills.

Previously located on 10th Street, the organization has grown considerably this past year and recently re-opened at 1023 F Avenue on March 31.

“We are excited to work in a much bigger space with a full gallery,” said Ortega. “We plan to start having gallery receptions to show off some of the artists work, while still protecting their privacy.”

The behavioral health technician, who was born and raised in Douglas, says he stands by the artistic process as a means of therapy.

“When they work on art it gives them that opportunity to show their skills, socialize with others, and really build these strong relationships in the community,” Ortega said. “We see them come together, some go to college. It’s encouraging them to get out there. Art also gives them the opportunity to get involved in pre-employment, giving them the chance to sell their own art.”

PSA Art Awakenings helps the artist open up while working on their personal recovery.

The organization has several locations throughout Arizona, to include Sierra Vista and Bisbee.  

For more information about the Douglas location, visit or call (520) 805-0049.



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