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Empowerment and Recovery Through Creativity!

PSA Art Awakenings is a psycho social rehabilitation program for adults and art therapy program for youth who are challenged by serious behavioral health issues and mental illnesses. Studios throughout Arizona offer therapeutic programs and expressive arts therapy in a supportive setting to promote mental health, personal growth, vocational training, and physical wellness through the performing and visual arts. Old Bisbee, Downtown Phoenix, Casa Grande and Tucson Galleries, art exhibits, First Friday and First Saturday Art Walks and other venues offer artists opportunities to sell their paintings, sculptures, mosaics, jewelry, fine art, music, poetry, and writings to benefit from art sales. Staff include art therapists, behavioral health professionals, peers, family members and volunteers.
Art Saves Lives!

Past Events

Past Events

We’re always creating art and finding new ways to connect with the communities we serve. Enjoy archives of past events, murals/public art, and community projects that have helped us grow, provide opportunities for our artists, strengthened programs, and introduced us to new relationships.

2018 Mental Health Awareness Month Art Exhibition

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Mother’s Day & Mental Health Awareness Events

Mother’s Day and Mental Health Awareness Events
Mark your calendar for statewide events in May, Mental Health Awareness Month! We’ll be celebrating to raise awareness of mental health issues and also recognize the importance that Mothers play in our lives. Come enjoy recovery stories, poetry and featured speakers at these casual events.
Phoenix 5/2 @ Phoenix Studio, 5:30pm – 7:30pm (1st Friday)
Tucson 5/3 @ the studio 5pm – 7pm (1st Saturday)
Yuma 5/9 @ the studio 4pm – 6pm (Children’s MH Awareness Day)
Tempe 5/9 @ the studio 10am – noon
Bisbee 5/10 @ the gallery 5pm – 7pm (Bisbee After 5)
Casa Grande 5/9 @ the gallery time 4pm-6pm

Calling All Alumni!

PSA Art Awakenings wants to stay connected with all of its graduates…our Alumni. As part of our unique artist community, Alumni can continue to reap rewards by staying connected through Facebook and www.ArtAwakenings.org. Alumni are invited to attend gatherings, celebrations and special events and take advantage of opportunities to promote and sell artwork, perhaps volunteer or attend recovery support groups . With numerous art walks throughout the state, artists formerly associated with any one of our 13 studios can join us during local events, submit work to open consignment, and rent studio space at The Loft in Phoenix. “Read On!” to learn more about how Empowerment & Recovery Through Creativity can continue to support Alumni on lifelong journeys of recovery.

2012 Annual Artist Celebration

This year marked the 12th year for PSA Art Awakenings and what better way than to award all the artists who made it possible. Thank you to each and every artists, and congratulations to all. A special thank you to our sponsors, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, Magellan Behavioral Health of Arizona, Cenpatico, The Spellicy group, Giant Security, TCS, Pro-Copy, Whitfill Nurseries, and Albertson’s. We thank you for helping make this such a successfull event.

Aug 11, 2012, An Evening of Art Fundraiser

Our annual An Evening of Art fundraiser took place in downtown Phoenix at a new larger location. This year was yet another amazing event with over 135 in attendance. We would like to thank all of our sponsors, business donors, and our artists who donated their works to help raise the money from this event. Your continued support is appreciated. A special thank you to Cowley Companies for donating their space, and to Carlson Creek Vineyards.


Exhibition at the Herberger Theatre for Next to Normal

When the Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) brought the Tony award winning Broadway musical Next to Normal to Phoenix, they came to PSA Art Awakenings to enlighten and inform theater goers. Next to Normal deals with the effects of mental illness on a family. For opening night, PSA Art Awakenings artists hosted an exhibition of art and sculpture to open up conversations and inform about the effects of mental illness.

View the album from the event!

American Association of Community Psychiatrists Conference

PSA Art Awakenings was the main exhibitor at this year’s AACP conference in Phoenix, AZ. The event provided a platform to share the story of recovery and the power of creativity with psychiatrists from across the country. Staff were accompanied by artists in the program and assisted in selling artwork and promoting PSA Art Awakenings.

PSA Artawakenings New Maricopa Youth Studio Open House

Thank you to all who came out and joined us in our first Maricopa Youth Studio open house on Tuesday, February 7. Your on going support is appreciated.
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Magellan Sponsors Legislative Tour of PSA Art Awakenings and Warehouse 1005

PSA Art Awakenings was proud to tour Magellan, ADHS, DBHS, JLBC and OSPB through our Phoenix studio and gallery and Warehouse 1005. We were proud to share the successes of our program and the impact it has on the lives of those with behavioral health issues.

Thank you to the following attendees:
• Cyndi Bloom, Director Public Relations and Marketing, Magellan
• Kris Okazaki, Analyst, Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting
• Jim Humble, Assistant Director, ADHS
• Claudia Sloan, DBHS Communications
• Cynthia Lane, CFO, ADHS/DBHS
• Art Smith, Analyst, Joint Legislative Budget Committee
• Paul Galdys, Senior Director of Adult Services, Magellan
• Steven Dingle, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, DBHS

Southwest Network Art Contest

The results are in and PSA Art Awakenings artist have once again placed at the top!

Southwest Network Art Contest

Congratulations to our artists who won awards at the annual South West Network Art Contest.

Mary Hall: 1st place, Painting
Kendall Tewers: 2nd place, Painting; 1st place, Animals
Shannon Hunter: 2nd place, Animals

PSA Celebrates 40 Years of Service

On December, 1st, 2011, PSA Behavioral Health Agency held a grand event to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. The event included tours of our programs, music, refreshments, and remarks made by behavioral health dignitaries. Thank you to all who attended to celebrate with us.

Warehouse 1005 Hosts Phoenix Sister Cities International Competition for Artists with Disabilities Competition

During First Friday in November, Warehouse 1005 opened its doors to the competition that hosted art from across the world! This annual event celebrates the creativity of individuals with disabilites. PSA Art Awakenings and Warehouse 1005 represented by taking 2nd place, 3rd place and the People’s Choice Awards.

PSA Art Awakenings 8th Annual Artist Celebration

PSA Art Awakenings focus is to help those suffering with mental illness learn to identify, cope, and manage their symptoms while trying to live productive lives and integrate back into the community. We would like to thank you for sharing this momentous day with us and for supporting our artists in their recovery. The day was filled with performances of music and poetry, food and some pre-holiday shopping. We held the event at our downtown Phoenix studio and Warehouse 1005 location. Artists from across the state were in attendance to celebrate. Congratulations to all the award recipients, and to all artists on your successes.

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PSA Art Awakenings at the Line Dance for Wellness!

As part of this year’s celebrations of National Recovery Month, the Arizona Department of Health Services Division of Behavioral Health Services invited Arizonans to join the thousands of people across the country who got up and demonstrated their pledge for wellness through the Line Dance for Wellness and Recovery.

Art Awakenings was on hand to present on the importance of creativity in fueling recovery.

CPSA Mental Health Arts Show

The Community Mental Health Arts Show, an annual exhibit celebrating recovery through art held during National Mental Illness Awareness Week, is coordinated and hosted by the Arts Show Planning Committee with CPSA and Comprehensive Service Providers’ involvement.

PSA Art Awakenings artists were honored to be involved in the show’s planning, setup and organization of the event. If you submitted art to the event or attended the reception, chances are that you met them!

Congratulations to all PSA Art Awakenings artists who won awards at the competition! Especially Sonja Hawkins who won 1st prize in the Mental Heatlh Art Show Poster category. Sonja’s artwork will be used on next year’s promotional poster.

Yuma’s First Java Jam!

Creativity comes in more forms than just painting! The first Yuma Java Jam, on September 9th, allowed Yuma artists to express themselves in a whole new way. The Java Jam included performances in the form of poetry, stories and dramatic readings. The event was open to the public with an open mic to engage the community. It was a great environment to sit back and enjoy some spoken word entertainment over a cup of coffee. Thank you to all who performed and made this a special night!

Friend’s Annual Evening of Art and Some Wine

On August 13th, Friends, Community members, local buisnesses, artists and staff celebrated the power of creativity & showed support to youth & adults affected by serious behavioral illnesses in a private home in North Phoenix. Last year, funds raised paid for jewelry & ceramic kilns as well as musical instruments for four of our ten studios located throughout Arizona. We would like to thank you, for another amazing event!

Casa Grande Youth “Seasons of Change”

Area youngsters, ages 7-17, at the Casa Grande studio created an exceptional installation and exhibit that showcased how they have used the art process to identify and express emotions. The gallery included individual artwork and a large group sculpture that represented many hands coming together to create and grow. Several youngsters sold their artwork with one youngster making enough money to cover his Boy Scout expenses. Thanks to Jodi Brey, Expressive Arts Therapist, for conceptualizing the project which made such a positive impact in these young people’s lives.

Yuma & Parker Open House on June 29th, 2011

What a great event to celebrate the opening of our larger studio locations! Thank you to all who attended. We had food, art projects, studio tours and an opportunity to meet the staff.Friends, and everyone for coming out and sharing this exciting time with us.

St. Joseph’s Woman Conference in conjunction with magellan

Art Awakenings & Warehouse 1005 Exhibit & Sales Tables. Wednesday, May 18, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm at US Airways Center.

Tucson Studio & Gallery Open House

The Tucson Studio and Gallery Open House was a great success. Nearly 100 people showed up to support PSA Art Awakening’s newest location. Thank you to Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA) for your support and making this possible. The event involved a blessing, Pascua Yaqui dancers, refreshments, live music and official ribbon cutting with the local Chamber of Commerce.

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Old Bisbee Gallery Open House

What a great event! Thank you Community Intervention Associates (CIA), Friends, and everyone for coming out and sharing this exciting time with us.

Bisbee & Douglas Studios Open Houses

Bisbee & Douglas Open Houses on April 12th & 13th were a huge success. Thank you to all that came out and learned about our program and participated in our Grand Openings. Thank you Community Intervention Associates (CIA).

Dec. 2010 Annual Staff Recognition Celebration

Congratulations to all staff recognized for their hard work, dedication, and your on going support to the individuals whom we serve. This years’ award recipients: Person of the year Karen Puthoff, President , Art Awakenings Person of the year Site Administrator Eliza Homer, Expressive Art Therapist of the year Ingrid Davis, Supported Living person of the year Sukey Dominguez, Clinician of the year Jacob Beck, Support Staff of the year Dave Henson, Outpatient Clincian of the year Joan Grussing, Director of the year Nicole Hoffman, Above and Beyond awards to Bonnie Kolakowski, Chris Taylor, Kevin Eccleston, Keith Nagel, and Angelica Gonzales, Team of the year Warehouse 1005 staff Executive Director Charlotte Webb, Sales, Marketing, & Communications Manager Tedd Troxel, Assistant Art Manager Todd Kolpek, Administrative Assistant Sharon Boyd, and Art Manager Jeremy Dejong, Special recognition to Board Member Gayna Rowe, Friend Supporters David Spellicy & Barbara Green, and to all our friends, Thank you!

2010 Annual Artist Celebration

Thanks to all who joined us for our 10th Anniversary Celebration on Sat., November 13th! 400 of our closest friends, artists, staff and supporters – thank you!

Yuma Grand Opening, Oct. 20, 2010.

Thank you ACTS, Cenpatico and the Yuma Community for welcoming Art Awakenings, and to all that came out and joined us for the Yuma open house. Thank you.

An Evening of Art!

Thanks to everyone who attended our Evening of Art! Special thanks to our co-hosts Joseph Gesullo & Michael Sleesman & our sponsors. To old and new friends: THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ART AWAKENINGS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR ARTISTS!

A Day in the Life of Extraordinary People

Thank you Magellan Health Services! PSA Art Awakenings & Warehouse 1005 were honored to be included in today’s mental health guided bus tour. Thanks to our Artists who presented and to all participants/visitors!

‎3rd Friday at our affiliate gallery

…WAREHOUSE 1005….& As I See It… by Hal Grady. Hal show cased his latest acrylic on canvas works depicting botanicals, landscape and still life. Hal’s vivid colors and rapid brushstrokes create harmonious compositions of flora, light and motion. The exhibition continues through First Friday Oct. 1st and is available for viewing during regular gallery hours Mon.-Fri. 1-5pm.

Java Jam

and you, enjoyed live performances of Music, Poetry Readings, Comedy, and more on September 17th from 5:00pm – 8:oopm.

SWS 42nd Annual Conference

“The Mindful Self in Recovery: Building Healthy Communitites One Person at a Time” Thank you SWS and everyone that came out and supported our Artists!

JAVA JAM Open Mic Night

Wow did we have some great performances at Java Jam! The Art Awakenings band took the lead to rock the house with guest singers, poets, and comedians. Thanks for a great evening of stellar entertainment!

PSA/Art Awakenings Friends & Family Recovery Day Celebration

We would like to thank all of you that came out and joined us for the grand opening of our New North Art location and Recovery Day Celebration on May 7, 2010.

MY Fest ’10

Thank you to all that came by and visited us at our Art Awakenings and Las Artes de Maricopa booth. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Tucson April 15 Grand Opening

Thank you CPSA for welcoming us to Tucson!

6th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Behavioral Health Conference

PSA Behavioral Health Agency is proud to once again be a sponsor of TERROS’ 6th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Behavioral Health Conference on March 26: Overcoming Barriers of Health Disparities- Diversity, Civility & Acceptance in Behavioral Health. We would like to thank everyone that came out and supported our artists!

Saving Arizona’s Future

Day at the Capitol – Feb. 16 Marked the kick off for joining the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers in meeting with legislators & advocating for behavioral health services. Contact your legislators to support the Council’s efforts and join the public relations campaign. Plus become a fan of the Facebook page titled “Saving Arizona’s Future” and distibute the link to all of your contacts: www.facebook.com/pages/Saving-Arizonas-Future/308884418567

Your Personal Invitation to Warehouse 1005 (formerly The Next Step Studio)

Open House Event, Don’t Miss It!

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Solo exhibition displayed through the month of February

Provider Open House Wednesday February 17th 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Providers, you are cordially invited to visit the Art Awakenings Casa Grande Studio and Gallery! Come and meet the staff and executive team, tour the studio and gallery while enjoying light refreshments provided by Starbucks of Casa Grande. Please RSVP 520-423-0707 309 W. 2nd Street Casa Grande, AZ 85222 See you there.

February 8th Youth Art Exhibition Opening Reception 4 pm to 6 pm Families & Clinical Team Members are Invited.


Families and Clinical Team Members were invited to experience an eclectic display of creative expression by the young artists from the Phoenix, Tempe, and Glendale PSA Art Awakenings studios. There was singing, dancing, live music, poetry reading and visual art. Thank you to all that came out and supported our young artists!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Luncheon January 18, 2010

Barbara Di Clemente event

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My Favorite Monster

Oct. First Friday with The Fabulous Phoenix Fridas

Arizona Public Health Association Conference

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Annual Glendale Exhibition


Unleashed Java Jam at the Alwun House

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ASU Kerr Cultural Center Exhibition

ASU Kerr Invitation

ASU Gammage “Mindfields” Exhibition

6th Annual Artists Celebration at Saguaro Ranch Park

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Downtown Phoenix “First Friday”

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Casa Grande “Art in the Alley”

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Evening Reporting Center Recognition

Las Artes de Maricopa Graduation & Open House

My Fest

Phoenix Sister Cities International Art Competition

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40th Annual Southwest School for Behavioral Health Studies Conference

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Murals/Public Art Community Projects

Amazing Grace Mural at Lynnhaven Community Church Campus, 4426 N 31st Ave. (31st Ave. & Campbell), Phoenix

MLK Day of Service Community Mural Unveiled at Arizona State Capital

Habitat for Humanity Mural, 1635 Mockingbird Lane, Apache Junction

Journey to Success Mural, Evening Reporting Center at Glendale YMCA, 14711 N 59th Ave., Glendale

Las Artes de Maricopa Mural, 4306 W Missouri Ave. (43rd Ave. & Missouri), Phoenix

Little Canyon Park Canyon Corridor Weed & Seed Mural, 31st Ave. & Missouri, Phoenix

Maryvale YMCA Mosaic Mural, 4380 N 51st Ave., Phoenix