Recently eight women from Taiwan participated in an Open Studio Project weeklong art facilitator training to use the OSP process – expressive art and journaling process to guide participants toward greater self-awareness.Submitted photo

 The mission of the Open Studio Project is to serve the community by teaching and disseminating a creative process that allows individuals of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to experience art as a vehicle for personal growth.

In 2010, OSP, 903 Sherman Ave., introduced the fee-based Open Studio Process Facilitator Training Program, eligible for professional CEUs. This one-week on-site program offers professional development to art therapists, social workers, counselors and artists interested in augmenting their practices with a creative focus. OSP now claims more than 60 certified facilitators employing the OSP process in their practices in 30 cities. Its facilitators are certified art therapists, licensed counselors, psychologists, teachers and artists.

Open Studio Project runs creative arts classes and workshops for adults, teens and children both in its studio and in classrooms and organizations all over the North Shore. 

Gallery 901 increases awareness of social issues and invites diverse artists and audiences to join in exhibiting and viewing work made with a creative process.