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Creative Expressions is an original program developed by NAMI Greater Toledo.

These workshops are designed for people experiencing mental health issues to connect with family and friends, create common ground, and strengthen positive coping skills through self-expression.

These workshops are currently being offered virtually. All workshops are free, safe and confidential places to talk things through with others who understand your experience, and they are led by people who have had similar experiences.

Creative Expressions has helped to bridge the communication gap with my family. After each project, I text a photo of my work to [them]. This gives me something to be proud of and gives my family a way to support and encourage me.”

Please note, pre-registration is required.

You can find the dates of upcoming sessions on our calendar. Those planning to participate should RSVP to kzientek@namitoledo.org to receive information for the class, including updates about the project type, details about where to pick up supplies, and a Zoom meeting invitation.

Create Now virtual art workshops (12+)

Come and explore a variety of art techniques and experience the power of art while connecting with others. This FREE virtual art workshop features a different project/support theme every month.

    • Open to individuals 12+ living with a mental health diagnosis and their family and friends.
    • Offered virtually on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5:15pm to 7:15pm via ZOOM.
    • Materials will be provided and delivered to your home.
    • Find an upcoming Creative Expressions class on the Events Page.

Destinations Virtual Art Workshops (18-29 years old)

Come and experience the power of art while connecting with others. This FREE virtual art workshop is offered in partnership with Uncork The Artist Toledo and features a different painting/support theme every month.

  • Open to young adults 18-29 years old with a mental health diagnosis and their family and friends within age range.
  • Offered virtually on the 2nd  Wednesday of every month from 7:30pm to 9:30pm via ZOOM.
  • Art kits must be picked up at Uncork the Artist Toledo during designated pick up days/times.
  • Find an upcoming Creative Expressions class on the Events Page.

Creative Kids Virtual Workshop (6-17 years old)

Creative Kids virtual art workshop provides an opportunity for children and adolescents who are living with a mental illness and their siblings to express themselves creatively through art and identify positive coping skills!

  • Open to children and adolescents aged 6-17 with a mental health diagnosis and their family and friends within age range.
  • Offered virtually on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 4:00pm to 5:15pm via ZOOM.
  • Materials will be provided and delivered to your home.
  • Find an Upcoming Support Group on Events Page.

Virtual Art Workshop with Thomas M. Wernert Members & Friends (18+)

Come and explore a variety of art techniques and experience the power of art while connecting with others. This FREE virtual art workshop is offered in partnership with the Thomas M. Wernert Center and features a different painting/ support theme every month. Note: You do not have to be a Thomas M. Wernert Member to attend; this group is also open to the general public.

  • Open to adults (18+) a mental health diagnosis and their family and friends within age range.
  • Offered virtually on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 1:00pm to 2:30pm via ZOOM.
  • Materials will be provided and delivered to your home.
  • Find an Upcoming Support Group on Events Page.

Virtual Art Workshop with Uncork the Artist (12+)

Come and experience the power of art while connecting with others. This FREE virtual art workshop is offered in partnership with Uncork The Artist Toledo and features a different painting every month.

    • Open to 12+ with a mental health diagnosis and their family and friends within age range.
    • Offered virtually on the 4th Thursday of every month from 5:00pm to 7:00pm  via ZOOM.
    • Art kit must be picked up at Uncork the Artist Toledo during designated pick up days/times.
    • Find an Upcoming Support Group on Events Page.