Our Story

CREATE Community Studios grew out of a common goal with expressive arts therapists in the Capital Region. Heather Hutchison & Aili Lopez began working together on several mutual projects including the idea of creating a centralized location for Capital Region residents to gain the benefits of the expressive arts. As our idea grew over the years, Camille Grec & Julie Lewis joined the team as co-founders of CREATE in 2016. We formed as a 501c3 nonprofit corporation in 2017 and opened our 2 Community Studios in Schenectady and Saratoga, offering expressive arts workshops, classes and open studio time. Charlotte Mack joined our team in the summer of 2017 and quickly became our Operations Coordinator. We've added dozens of dedicated volunteers & instructors who help us with events, workshops and open studios.

Aili & Julie run our Saratoga Studio, while Heather & Charlotte run our Schenectady studio.


* C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios does not provide Art Therapy services.*

If you are interested in Art Therapy, you may find more information at:

The American Art Therapy AssociationNew York State: Office of the Professions