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.
Studio by the Tracks is a studio and gallery for artists with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We provide a social network and a career path that enriches our artists’ lives and betters our community.
Artists receive 60% of any sale of their art works. The Studio provides all services and materials to artists free of charge.
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 (https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism), 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. And the quality of the art has surged too.
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.
In addition to our Adult Program, each week Studio By The Tracks 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.
Who are we?
Ila Faye Miller - Founder
Suzanne Boozer - Executive Director
Catherine Boyd - Director
Katie Thompson - Creative Director
Karen Balliet - Children's Program Director
Bunny Chew - Art Instructor
Danielle Dyar - Studio Store Manager
Natalia Gurmendi - Prep & Framing
See below for our Board of Directors.
Want to be involved?
Volunteers and interns are essential to our operation. If you're interested in either one, visit our Contact page and fill out our Direct Message form. Include either "Volunteering" or "Interning" in the subject line. Then send us a message with your specific interests and qualifications.
Believe in our mission?
Consider making a one time or recurring tax deductible donation of any amount.
Studio By the Tracks Board Members
Board Of Directors
Ila Faye Miller
Frances Ellen Morris