Local nonprofit organization Art Alley, Inc., is moving.
Art Alley was founded in 2007 by Lisa Williams, a local registered art therapist, licensed clinical professional counselor and national certified counselor. During the day, Williams works as an art therapist at Warm Springs Counseling. At night, Williams uses art as a therapeutic tool, but the focus is less clinical and more creative.
Adults are happy to let children spend hours quietly coloring or painting but those adults seldom allow themselves the same freedom. Williams' concept for Art Alley was to provide a haven where the "worried well," as she calls them, could reconnect with the process of using art as stress-reliever. Children and teens are welcome at Art Alley but, as she writes on her website, she keeps "a sacred time and space for adults to rejuvenate with each other (or individually), as adults often give too much of themselves without rejuvenating, and remember, if you aren’t breathing you are no good to anyone else."
Art Alley will move from its current location at 1001 N. 27th St. to 686 N. Ninth St., between Franklin and Washington streets, and Williams thinks it will be good for both Art Alley and her.
"I just felt it was time for a change," Williams said. "It's closer to downtown, which is great."
Williams used to live in the building Art Alley will now be in. She is a strong proponent of "self-care" and agreed that with the Art Alley move, it is like she has come full circle.
For information on Art Alley or to get in touch with Williams, visit artalleyinc.org.