About Create Space Buffalo
Create Space Buffalo was established with the vision of offering Art Therapy services to the greater Buffalo community as a modality of self care.
What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is mental health profession in which a certified and or licensed art therapist utilizes traditional mental health counseling techniques and supports clients in the creation of artwork to help them explore and release emotions, gain insight into problems, and practice self care through creative self expression.
You do not need to be an artist to enjoy and benefit from art therapy. Art Therapists are trained in both counseling techniques and studio art techniques and can help even the most weary of participants become knowledgeable and comfortable using all kind of art materials for self expression.
Our Guiding Principles
One of the first elements we thought of when developing Create Space Buffalo was the desire to offer a "pause button." Life can get busy and stressful and often times we put ourselves on the "back burner" to take care of others or fulfill our responsibilities. At Create Space Buffalo, we want to offer a place for anyone to pause, refocus on self, and create more space within.
As licensed art therapists, Create Space Buffalo founders Katie Mullaney and Anna McCarthy Schwartz have seen the power that creative self expression has in helping people of all ages connect to self, explore, and express what they were unable to put words to. This innate ability to communicate non verbally through images is the first way we are able to make sense of the world. Create Space Buffalo provides the community with a place to reconnect with the ability to use images to express the inexpressible. Again, you do not need to be an artist to make expressive art.
Human beings are resilient. We are hardwired to survive. Throughout our darkest and most challenging days this is evident, even though many times we don't notice it in ourselves. Create Space Buffalo aims to be a place that individuals can go to recognize that resiliency in themselves and receive supportive encouragement when they have forgotten their strength. Pausing, breathing, creating, and releasing all the emotions that weigh on us can help us to create more space in our minds, hearts, and souls for the good in life.
Self-Care and Self-Kindness
Attending events at Create Space Buffalo means you are joining a supportive group of people who acknowledge that sometimes being human in today's world is all kinds of stressful. Our aim is to be a comfortable setting where all individuals are welcomed to practice self care and self-kindness through various methods, including through the creation of art . We encourage individuals to become just as aware of the state of their mental health as they are about their physical health.Everyone's got something. We can connect with ourselves and with others through our shared resilience and strength.
What We Offer
At Create Space Buffalo, we are always looking to adapt our services to the needs of our community. Currently, we offer an open weekly adult art therapy group on Thursday nights from 6:00-8:00 pm. This group is ideal for those who are comfortable with creating and processing their artwork in a group setting. No artistic skill is necessary.
If you are interested in joining this group, please feel free to see our "Services" page for pricing and to reserve your spot! (Limited 10 participants per week)
Stay tuned for more updates on future offerings via social media and by subscribing to our email list.
Also, if you have any feedback, suggestions, or questions, we would love to hear from you! Send us a message or give us a call and we will respond as soon as we can.
Create Space Buffalo accepts cash, personal check*, debit/credit cards, Venmo, and Flexfit/HSA/FSA cards. All art materials are included in your price.
*There is a $25 fee for bounced checks
Questions? Call or Email us today!