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Marney Schorr

Teaching Artist & Art Therapist

Arts in Recovery for Youth (AIRY)

Please visit the Arts in Recovery for Youth website at:

Arts in Recovery for Youth is an arts and skills-based peer support program for youth ages 13-24 who struggle with suicidal thoughts or behaviors or who have survived a suicide attempt. We use art-making, learn interpersonal and DBT skills, and build a peer community to strengthen support and a sense of belonging. Our facilitators are Masters level art therapists and/or counselors with lived experience in recovery. Groups of up to 8 youth meet in a community-oriented art studio at NUarts Gallery & Studios, a cooperative of 20+ artists occupying the entire second floor of the Greylock Building on North St in downtown Pittsfield. We host a community art show and graduation ceremony for friends, family and support professionals at the end of each season. We continue to collaborate with parents, professionals, artists and youth to stop the public health crisis of youth suicide.

Enrollment is ongoing and requires regular engagement with a primary therapist outside of group. There is no cost to attend this program as grant funding is provided by the Berkshire community from organizations such as Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, MA Dept of Public Health, MA Local Cultural Councils including the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshires, Pittsfield Cultural Council, Lenox, Stockbridge, West Stockbridge and Great Barrington Cultural Councils, and Northern Berkshire United Way, as well as private donors like Anna Maria College and the fundraising efforts of Common Folk Artist Collective.

To see our current group calendar, please visit our website at

As we continue to grow and expand, we look forward to collaborative partnerships in the community and throughout the State of Massachusetts. To make a contribution to the program or for more info, please contact Program Director, Marney Schorr at [email protected] or at (631) 697-8291.

You may also make a donation to our program at: