Art of Recovery

Benefiting the enhancement of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program@ Community Support Services, the event has showcased over 200 original artworks since it began as a yearly celebration in 2016. By bringing attention to artist’s strengths through artistic expression, we help to fight stigma still associated with mental illness. The public display encourages guests to witness the powerful impact creative expression affords in the mental health recovery process.

Event Features

  • Venue change this year! We will hold our next "Art of Recovery" on March 12, 2020 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, at EJ Thomas Hall in the Goodrich Lobby
  • VIP reception for artists and sponsors from 5:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Honorary Chair: Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer
  • More than 50 pieces of original artwork - all of which will be for sale with 75% of proceeds going back to the artist and 25% reinvested in the Expressive Arts Therapy program
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

limited edition artworkTicket Options

$45 Early Bird Tickets available until Feb. 7, 2020

$60 – General Admission Ticket

$125 – Limited Edition Artwork Ticket (includes general admission ticket and a limited edition 11x14 print signed by the artist). 

Many clients of Community Support Services (CSS) who live with severe and persistent mental illness use the Expressive Arts Therapy program to express ideas that might be difficult to put into words. Utilizing the creative process and the resulting artwork, therapists help clients explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manager behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.
“Art of Recovery,” now in its fourth year, provides an opportunity for these individuals to exhibit their artwork and receive recognition for their creative talents from the agency and community at large. This unique event will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2020, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, at EJ Thomas Hall, Goodrich Hall. 


This year's Spotlight Artist is Bradley R. He describes the artistic process this way:  

"When I start a new painting, I feel inspired. In fact, I paint everyday! It's always fun to begin and create the design.

Being a "part time" artist has inspired me to become a more creative person, as well as a "better man".
My grandma (who is an artist) has been giving me art lessons in drawing and acrylic painting for many years. She enjoys teaching me new techniques as well as designing my canvas." 

Butterfly Abstract, Acrylic and Tissue Paper on Canvas, Bradley R.

Event Parking

Parking will be available in the EJ Thomas Hall parking deck and in the parking lot across street.

Event Sponsors

Master Artist Sponsor





Master Apprentice Sponsors



Apprentice Sponsor

Roetzel & Andress

Patron of the Arts Sponsors

Bober Markey Fedorovich
Tzangas Plakas Mannos

Non-Profit Supporters of the Arts

Akron Metropolitan Housing
City of Akron
Northcoast Community Homes
NAMI Summit  County
Portage Path Behavioral Health

We are looking for sponsors for this engaging evening - if you would like more information about sponsorship, please contact Michael Gaffney (330-996-9141 ex. 433 or

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March 12, 2020, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

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EJ Thomas Hall – Goodrich Lobby, 198 Hill Street, Akron, OH

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