The Art Experience is a community art studio that improves lives through the arts. Art Matters.
Founded in 1996, The Art Experience serves individuals in Pontiac, MI and the greater Detroit area.
We provide affordable access to everyone with the desire to paint, draw, and CREATE. Our art programs are a combination of customized and recurrent classes, designed to spark creative exploration and facilitate the growth of our participants.
We welcome individuals from all walks of life to be part of our creative community.
Our team is specially trained to instruct and guide guests from the community, including those with developmental disabilities or autism (of all ages), at-risk youth, adults recovering from substance use or mental illness, and students whose school days are void of arts. We believe Art is empowering, and even more so for those society often overlooks.
Our experienced staff of art educators and art therapists is focused on providing positive, goal directed programming. While participants work toward personalized goals, they simultaneously benefit from the enjoyment practicing the arts bring to their lives. Participants reap both mental and emotional benefits from the program such as increased self-awareness & self-esteem, healthy self-expression, a stronger sense of identity, and strengthened skills which enable them to develop healthy social relationships and coping techniques.
We have developed successful mothers art groups and preschool programs with Grace Centers of Hope, youth programs with The Baldwin Center, and programs with the Kingsley Montgomery School, Leadership Oakland, Common Ground, and the Macomb Oakland Regional Center, among others, to address the specific needs of their service population.
The Art Experience hosts open studio time for $5. Anyone can attend & spend open creative time with our materials. Tues-Sat 12:30-3:30 | Mon for your private group, by Appt, additional fees apply
We have credentialed art therapists on staff who are equipped to serve a range of individuals with varied needs.