WHO WE ARE
SINCE 1989

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.

OUR VALUES

Artistic Expression
We value the arts and believe in the importance of artistic expression.

Human Potential
We are committed to supporting people in becoming everything they aspire to be.

Entrepreneurial Spirit
We believe in the arts as a vocational path and in artists as entrepreneurs and creators.

Compassion
We strive to do all things with compassion, dignity, and respect.

Community
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.

OUR ADULT ARTISTS

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.

OUR CHILDREN'S PROGRAM

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.

OUR STAFF
Suzanne Boozer
Executive Director
Catherine Boyd
Program Director
Katie Thompson
Director of Marketing and Partnerships
Boo Gilder
Art Director
Danielle Dyar
Children's Program Director
Ila Faye Miller
Founder
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mike Battle
Jay Bender
Ben Burford
Anne Couch
Cilie Cowen
Lee Marks
Ben Miller
Hampton Stephens
Laura Vogtle
Paul Ware
Leila Watson
Philip Young