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 Administrative & Website Director. 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