The Fine Arts Association
Creative Arts Therapies Program

The Fine Arts Association offers virtual and/or in-person group and individual services in both music and art therapies along with adapted programming and specialized workshops.

Off-site Services are available to preschools, private/public schools, nursing homes, hospitals and other community-based agencies in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. Whether for a group or individual session, services are tailored to the specific needs of the agency. 

Director of Creative Art Therapies
Ann Marie Raddell, MT-BC, NICU MT

Please direct all inquiries, including off-site services, 

for information and/or questions to Ann Marie Raddell: 

(440) 951-7500 x124 

 

"I am so happy that we are able to continue Music Therapy with all of the changes. This is something that both of my children look forward to and so important to maintain any level of a normal routine. We are so grateful this is an option for the families. We thank all who put their time into our children's learning."
Madaline
Parent

Creative Arts Therapy Sessions

*New Drama Therapy
Designed for ALL Abilities

With Kimberly Koljat MA, LIMFT-S, RPT-S, RDT (Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Registered Drama Therapist)

for ages 3-5

Designed for the preschooler needing support in exploring emotions and friendships!

With Kimberly Koljat MA, LIMFT-S, RPT-S, RDT (Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Registered Drama Therapist)

Adults 18+ of any ability

  • Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    • From November 11, 2021, to January 13, 2022
      • Class #: CATF2111B

Designed for adults who need relaxation, stress-relief, and time for self

With Kimberly Koljat MA, LIMFT-S, RPT-S, RDT (Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Registered Drama Therapist)

for Elementary-Aged Students (Grades K-5)

    • Thursdays from 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
      • From November 11, 2021, to January 13, 2022
        • Class #: CATF2112B 

Designed for shy elementary-aged students as an opportunity to build self-confidence with peers

With Kimberly Koljat MA, LIMFT-S, RPT-S, RDT (Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Registered Drama Therapist)

for grades 6-12

  • Thursdays from 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • From November 11, 2021, to January 13, 2022
      • Class #: CATF2113B 

Designed for tweens and teens to grow in confidence and self-worth with the opportunity for self-expression

Adapted Dance
Designed for Individuals with Disabilities

With Danielle Musat, MT-BC, and Rose Lesak (hybrid or in-person)
  • for ages 13+
  • Session 1: Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
    • From September 12 – October 17, 2022
      • Class #: CATF2201A
  • Session 2: Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
    • From October 24 to November 28, 2022
      • Class #: CATF2201B
Designed for individuals with disabilities. Explore a variety of movements with the opportunity for self-expression through dance. Learn spatial awareness, balance, and body control. Dancers will use their imagination in a creative world of music and dance.
 

FAA’s dance studio is handicap accessible.

With Danielle Musat, MT-BC, and Rose Lesak (hybrid or in-person)

for ages 6-12

  • Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
    • Session 1: From September 12 to October, 17 2022
      • Class #: CATF2201C
    • Session 2: From October 24 to November 28, 2022
      • Class #: CATF2201D
Designed for individuals with disabilities. Explore a variety of movements with the opportunity for self-expression through dance. Learn spatial awareness, balance, and body control. Dancers will use their imagination in a creative world of music and dance.
 

FAA’s dance studio is handicap accessible.

Music Therapy and Adapted Music

Music Therapy is the structured use of music experience by a trained professional to help individuals of all ages and abilities achieve specific goals such as attention to task, motor development, appropriate social interaction, language development, positive self-worth, emotional expression and much more.

Contact: Ann Marie Raddell, Associate Director of Creative Arts Therapies at 440-951-7500 x124

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Social Groups are available for 2-3 peers (typical or similar) in 45 or 60-minute assessment.  Sessions focus primarily on proper social interaction, eye contact, sharing, teamwork, taking turns and more, all in the context of group music making.  The music therapist works closely with each individual to address their specific social need within the group setting. New FAA clients must have an assessment prior to registration. Current FAA clients should seek prior approval from your MT-BC before enrolling in a social group.

Does your young learner express an interest in private music instruction?

Available to any student: Our music therapists are available to provide an introduction to independent music lessons, help determine preference for select instruments, teach general music concepts in an engaging way, and foster a love of music learning for even the littlest maestro! Please call for more information and to learn more about our early childhood programming. For more information contact Ann Marie Raddell, Creative Therapies Coordinator at 440-951-7500 x124 or email at araddell@fineartsassociation.org.

Off-site Services are available to preschools, private/public schools, nursing homes, hospitals and other community-based agencies in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. Whether for a group or individual session, services are tailored to the specific needs of the agency. 

Scholarships are offered for Music Therapy through a variety of sources. To obtain a scholarship form, contact Ann Marie Raddell, Coordinator of Creative Arts Therapies at (440) 951-7500 x124. Third party pay is welcomed and accepted from Deepwood, NEON (Cuyahoga County and Lake County), Family and Children First Council, Zanes Foundation, and several other organizations. Private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare are not accepted.

Assessment is required for new clients and 60-minute assessment must be scheduled before registering for sessions. Immediately following the assessment session, the music therapist discusses potential goals in Music Therapy with parents/caregivers and makes a recommendation for inclusion into the program.  To schedule an assessment session, contact Ann Marie Raddell, Creative Therapies Coordinator at 440-951-7500 x124.

Individual Sessions are scheduled as 30, 45 or 60-minute sessions once per week.  Sessions are designed to meet the individual’s language, communication, developmental, social, cognitive or motor need(s). The music therapist supports the individual’s journey by establishing a positive therapeutic relationship that allows the individual to meet attainable goals determined by the therapist in close collaboration with parents and/or caregivers.  Individual sessions include a progress summary.

Music Therapy Faculty

Early Childhood Music Classes

FAA's Early Childhood Education program has over 20 classes to choose from in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.

Art Therapy and Adapted Visual Arts

Art Therapy ”the therapeutic use of art making,” used to promote physical, social and emotional health and well being.

Everyone can make art. In Art Therapy, ANY person can be successful, regardless of their ability. No prior arts experience is required.

Benefits of Art Therapy may include improvements in fine motor skills, participation, attention span, social skills, turn-taking, quality of life, creative expression and self-awareness.

Contact: Ann Marie Raddell, Associate Director of Creative Arts Therapies at 440-951-7500 x124.

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Scholarships are offered for Music Therapy through a variety of sources. To obtain a scholarship form, contact Ann Marie Raddell, Associate Director of Creative Arts Therapies at (440) 951-7500 x124.

Third-party pay is welcomed and accepted from Deepwood, NEON (Cuyahoga County and Lake County), Family and Children First Council, Zanes Foundation, and several other organizations. Private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare are not accepted.

Assessment is required for new clients. During the one-hour assessment session, the potential client is exposed to a variety of art mediums in which the art therapist makes observations regarding behavior, motor skills, cognitive skills, language/communication skills and interest.

Immediately following the assessment session, the art therapist discusses potential goals in Art Therapy with parents/caregivers and makes a recommendation for inclusion into the program. To schedule an assessment session, contact:

Sessions take place once a week for 30, 45, and 60 minutes where the art therapist works with an individual or group to participate in art-making experiences. Sessions provide a balance of art-making, talking, and processing. Each session is unique and driven by the unique goal(s) of the client(s).

Art Therapy sessions may take place onsite at: The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, OH 44094 or at an offsite location.

Art making sessions may include: 

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Creative Sculpture

Collaboration is key! The Art Therapist (ATR) works closely with parents and caregivers to develop goals based of the individual’s physical, behavioral, social, emotional, cognitive, language, and communication needs.

Off-site Services are available to preschools, private/public schools, nursing homes, hospitals and other community-based agencies in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. Whether for a group or individual session, services are tailored to the specific needs of the agency. 

Partnerships

FAA partners with several organizations to enrich others through the arts.

“Music has been recognized as therapeutic as early as the 1790s and brings a wealth of joy and benefits, in particular to persons who have developmental disabilities. Art therapy, which was titled in 1942, is the therapeutic use of art-making to promote physical, social, and emotional health and well-being. Knowing the benefits of such therapy, The Fine Arts Association and LCBDD/Deepwood’s Community Outreach Department collaborated to connect residents with community-based art and music therapy using a HIPAA compliant online application…”

FORMS

Creative Arts Therapies Session Form

This form is for individuals who are interested in learning more about Creative Arts Therapies sessions and would like to set up their first session. 

Creative Arts Therapies Intake Form

This form is for individuals who are pursuing Creative Arts Therapies services with The Fine Arts Association. The form needs to be filled out prior to the first session.