Established in 1989, SBTT has art classes for different populations. At the studio, 2/3 of our classes serve adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (asd). The other 1/3 serves emotionally conflicted children living in a group home.
We value the arts and believe in the importance of artistic expression.
We are committed to supporting people in becoming everything they aspire to be.
We believe in the arts as a vocational path and in artists as entrepreneurs and creators.
We strive to do all things with compassion, dignity, and respect.
We believe in fostering community with one another.
Diversity and Inclusivity
We respect neuro-diversity and different life experiences, abilities, and forms of personal and creative expression. We seek to create an environment that is inclusive and respectful of all.
Most of the art you see on our website and at our exhibitions is created by SBTT adult artists – these artists have ASD diagnoses.
With the prevalence of ASD increasing ten-fold in the past 40 years, one response has been to increase behavioral therapies and early intervention in school systems. But after an individual leaves the school system, their access to programs that provide growth and meaningful social interactions decrease.
As a result, SBTT has seen the demand for its services surge in recent years. In response, we’ve doubled the amount of adults with ASD we serve.
Our purpose is to provide materials and assistance as needed for artists to create the artwork that they envision. All of our services are free of cost, and all artists receive 60% of the sale of their artwork. We encourage individuality and freedom of expression.
The children’s program helps boys with severe emotional disturbances build self esteem, gain academic information, and hone life skills while creating art and having fun.
Each week SBTT offers a culture-based art curriculum to approximately twenty-five boys who live in a residential treatment program. Many of these boys, ages 6 -17, have experienced abuse or neglect, and the supportive, stimulating environment at the studio brings out the best in them.
Exciting art projects provide many teaching moments about art history, geography, and good work habits. When the children persevere through challenging projects, they often surprise themselves by realizing how capable they are.
Our work with these children constitutes 1/3 of our program.