About Us

The Creative Center at University Settlement is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the creative arts to people with cancer, chronic illnesses, and through all stages of life.

Founded in 1994 on the belief that "medicine cures the body, but art heals the spirit," The Creative Center began as a series of free art workshops for women with cancer. 17 years later, with immeasurable recognition in the field of arts in healthcare and the nonprofit sector, The Creative Center is proud to have hospital artist-in-residence programs in more than 20 healthcare sites around the New York metropolitan area, free-of-charge art workshops every day of the week, an online gallery representing professional artists living with illness, and a training program bringing The Creative Center's proven approach to arts in healthcare around the country.

In 2011, The Creative Center became a program of University Settlement and has begun to expand into the growing field of "creative aging", putting into practice what recent research has shown; that arts activities and experiences provide not only opportunities for artistic and self expression, but also measurable health benefits to seniors at all stages in the aging continuum, enabling them to live better and healthier lives. The Creative Center will now become integrated throughout University Settlement's senior programming.