Aurora Studio & Gallery ~ A Studio Where Artists Heal, Grow & Thrive!
Aurora Studio & Gallery is a program in Asheville, North Carolina that has been offering classes to artists in recovery since the summer of 2013. The studio collaborates with local artists and healing arts instructors in our community in order to offer a collective art space for artists affected by mental health needs, homelessness and/or addiction (who are in early stages of their recovery). The studio provides artists with the space and art supplies to explore their personal creativity, which they could not otherwise obtain or afford. The integrative structure and community support provided by Aurora Studio & Gallery enables artists to heal, grow and thrive.
ARTS2PEOPLE is the fiscal sponsor for Aurora Studio & Gallery.
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Program Director, Lori Greenberg, M.Ed, is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, who has been working in the field of human services for over thirty years. Her interest in people started at the age of 14, when she began spending her Saturdays with children with developmental disabilities. Her passion has evolved into supporting people of varying need, including: families and youth at risk; people with HIV/AIDS; persons affected by mental illness, addiction, homelessness and concerns around the environment. While living in Vermont she was an avid volunteer/supporter of the local monthly Gallery Walk, the annual Women's Film Festival, the HEALS Expressive Arts Loss Support Program, the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont and Brattleboro Community Radio.
Greenberg founded Aurora Studio & Gallery in May of 2012.
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Lissa Merrill - Program Assistant
I first heard about Aurora after I completed my Peer Support Specialist (PSS) training. A PSS is a person with lived experience who is trained to work with people who have mental illness or substance use challenges. I decided I wanted to volunteer and when I got an email saying Aurora needed volunteers I was really excited. I love art and this was something I could do to be helpful at the same time.
I consider myself somewhat of a support person for the wonderful people in the class, but I feel more like a participant and that I get more support from people than I give. The atmosphere of the class just is that way. I also assist Ms. Greenberg with small tasks as needed for the class and for fundraisers.
I have a background in art and craft, but am constantly being challenged and learning new things from the instructors that Ms. Greenberg recruits for the class.
I am glad Aurora found me.
Program Assistant- Lissa Merrill
Program DIrector - Lori Greenberg, M.Ed, LCAS