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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.
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Robert Demeter, Associate, Development & Communications, 602-393-3155 or Robert.Demeter@azpsa.org or click here for our Fact Sheet.


  • Happiness Is… La Felizidad Mural Installed at PSA North in Partnership with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and Artist Annette Sexton-Ruiz (November, 2014)

  • Recipient of Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA) Award for Support of Mental Health Arts Show (October, 2014)

  • Artist in Community Award Presented to Robert Miley at Evening of Art August, 2014

  • PSA Pilot Project to Offer TeleHealth Services for Peer Support and Pre-Job Training to Rural Areas Launched in Partership with Cenpatico of Arizona and ADHS/DBHS (May, 2014)

  • Civil Rights Mural by Staff Antonion Pasos Displayed at Commemoration Events Throughout the Valley (May, 2014)

  • CARF Accreditation Received for Adult and Youth Services (October, 2013)

  • Expansion of Youth Services to Douglas & Yuma March, 2013

  • Tempe Studio Moves to Larger Location November, 2012

  • Warehouse 1005 Artist Featured on NBC Morning News November 2012
    Warehouse 1005 Orlando – Healing Art from Art Awakenings on Vimeo.

  • PSA Art Awakenings Featured on NBC – EVB Live with Tram Mai October 2012
    KPNX 10-8 4PM Art Awakenings from Art Awakenings on Vimeo.

  • PSA Behavioral Health Agency awarded contracts to provide respite care services to both Title and Non-Title XIX individuals with SMI.

  • Opening of Maricopa Youth Studio (January 2012)

  • Recipient of 7th Annual ASU Center for Behavioral Health Policy Leadership in Service Award

  • Tucson Adult Studio Open House (May, 2011)

  • Services now provided in Yuma

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  • KNXV ABC 15 coverage of Art Awakenings on December 17, 2010


  • Quick Video of mural unveiling at Sahuaro Ranch Historic Park on Saturday November 7, 2009

    Video courtesy of Ed Sharpe, Glendale Daily Planet. www.smecc.org/media/psa_mural_short_1_512.wmv

  • Arizona Republic publishes article about Lori Wilson

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  • The Next Step Studio Opened October 2009

  • EXEMPLARY RANKING – PSA Art Awakenings receives “Exemplary Ranking” in recent PSA Behavioral Health Agency CARF Accreditation. Oct. 2009