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"When have you experienced the arts as care"
—Angela Sprunger

Appalachian Recovery Project

Appalachian Recovery Project

CoArts is piloting an expressive arts program comprised of music therapy, film, photography, and movement practices that support women in court-involved addiction and recovery services within Southeast Ohio. In partnership with Central Ohio Music Therapy LLC, music therapists and consulting artists travel to regional treatment sites, where they host creative “arts in health” experiences.

Project Partner

Funding Sources

  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Ohio Arts Council

Featured News

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CoArts champions women in recovery healing through the power of the arts 

June 16, 2021

The Ohio Valley Center for Collaborative Arts  at Ohio University, or CoArts, is a relatively new center and it’s been busy. Of its many endeavors, one is to support programs that serve the healing of those living in the Appalachian Ohio region and beyond.

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Ohio Valley Center for Collaborative Arts serves communities through arts-based Recovery Coalition 

November 4, 2020

In the 18 months since Ohio University launched the Appalachian Recovery Project, the Ohio Valley Center for Collaborative Arts (CoArts) in the College of Fine Arts has connected more than 80 women in recovery from substance abuse disorders leveraging art making as form of expressing and healing.

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Appalachian Recovery Project receives grant to repurpose prison

April 3, 2019

A planned addiction recovery center for women moved a step closer to reality Wednesday, as Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) officials announced more than $1 million in grant funding for the project.

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