STAR

The Art Experience

The mission of WDET STAR recipient the Art Experience is to provide creative and therapeutic arts experiences to a diverse Oakland County community. The Art Experience, Inc. is a non-profit community art studio in Pontiac, Michigan.

Beginning in 1995 six artists, all therapists, rented downtown Pontiac storefront with a unique mission - to take the myth of the isolated struggling artist and turn it on its head. They believed everyone to be artists when given even the smallest opportunity, and that the power to heal and transform lives was inherent to the creative processes. It was their assertion that making art with others renewed and inspired everyone involved. These beliefs and assertions led to the creation of an environment within which all members of the community would feel welcomed to experience art making and to share that experience with others.