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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!

Visual Art

Galleries

Besides public juried exhibitions, PSA Art Awakenings Galleries offer venues for its artists to enhance personal growth and professional skills as they exhibit and sell their artwork. The Phoenix, Casa Grande, Tucson, Warehouse 1005 and Old Bisbee Galleries feature juried exhibitions that typically include paintings, sculpture, mosaics, and jewelry. The Phoenix Gallery is also home to the Artistic Treasures Shop which offers non-juried, hand made items of jewelry, cards, leather works, ceramics, artist aprons, batik, mosaics and an array of unusual, quality products in addition to paintings. A recent addition to the gallery line up is Art Awakenings first free-standing gallery in Historic Old Bisbee. In addition to artwork, the gallery offers firing services and classes for the general public. Visit the Old Bisbee Gallery during the weekend or peruse the current exhibition at your leisure.

Many artists also participate in Phoenix “First Friday”, “Art Under the Stars”, and Casa Grande “Downtown Street Scene”. The First Friday Art Walk signals the monthly rotation of artwork in the Phoenix, Casa Grande, Tucson, and Warehouse 1005 Galleries and often coincides with special solo exhibitions by our adult or youth artists. Click on the links to view this month’s selections.

Click here to read personal stories and biographies from a sampling of our artists.

Staff works closely with artists to market their work including commissioned jobs not limited to murals, paintings, and other forms of public art. Every purchase contributes to the professional development and recovery of our artists, with each artist receiving eighty percent of the proceeds from every sale they make. The remaining twenty percent goes directly back into the PSA Art Awakenings program. With each sale, artists gain empowerment, pride and a greater sense of self-sufficiency and accomplishment.

Visions of Hope Mural

In 2011/2012 PSA Art Awakenings partnered with Visions of Hope to produce an 8′ x 20′ mural depicting Visions of Hope members in the activities they enjoy. Enjoy this time lapse video by Visions of Hope of its creation.

Lease with Purchase Option Program

PSA Art Awakenings Gallery’s lease purchase program is a great benefit to businesses and artists alike. Local business owners can demonstrate corporate citizenship while affordably leasing quality artwork through the Gallery’s Businesses-Art-Community Program. It allows businesses the opportunity for continuous, updated space and enhanced aesthetics for a welcoming, professional environment while providing important support to PSA Art Awakenings artists. At any given time, the Open Consignment Collection offers a broad selection of about 300 pieces of obtainable fine art for sale or lease without a large, capital investment.

Gallery professionals provide a site consultation and assist with the selection of artwork that compliments the office space. A 90 day lease offers monthly rental fees with the option to buy an artwork package and deduct 100% of the lease payments from the total purchase price. Great art is obtainable!

Exhibits

First Friday

Every First Friday of the month in Downtown Phoenix brings together a collection of juried artwork from all of our Studios. The monthly exhibit can be viewed on line and purchased at the Gallery, even after the First Friday Art Walk. Click here for details about this event. Click below to browse and enjoy this month’s exhibit…

Enter This Month’s First Friday Exhibit

Downtown Street Scene

Every First Tuesday of the month in Downtown Casa Grande brings together a collection of juried artwork from all of our Studios. The monthly exhibit can be viewed on line and purchased at the Gallery, even after the Downtown Street Scene Art Walk. Click here for details about this event. Click below to browse and enjoy this month’s exhibit…

Enter This Month’s Downtown Street Scene

Solo Exhibitions

Promoting professional development, independence, social and marketing skills, each artist develops a resume, bio, and artist’s statement, submits a body of work to be juried, and plans the opening reception to showcase their art. Click here to see snapshots of past exhibitions.