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Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center

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The Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center at Akron Children's provides holistic healing through the use of creative arts (imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry and visual arts). The arts are used to transform the hospital environment and create opportunities for expression, connection and self-identity. It is staffed by art and music therapists who are trained to address emotional, social and physiological concerns.

The center is open to all staff, patients and families who receive care from Akron Children’s. Our group and individual services are provided at no cost and do not require insurance coverage.

Named for Emily Cooper Welty, in honor of her $1.2 million donation, our Expressive Therapy Center has received support from various organizations, including Panera Bread, Ohio Arts Council, Northern Ohio Golf Charities, the Akron Children’s Women’s Board, the Paul and Carol David Foundation, the Helen Brach Foundation, the Howard Atwood Family, Eileen Burg, and Dr. Ron and Maureen Russ, among others.

There are also many ways you can support our center, including the donations of creative art supplies or helping out as a volunteer. Call 330-543-8424 to learn more.

In addition, local artists are encouraged to present their works at the center. Depending on the project, artists must submit a One-Time Artist Proposal or an Extended Artist Proposal to be considered for presentation. For more information, call 330-543-4909.


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