Artist in Residence (AIR)

Offered at: Boise & Eagle/Meridian Area Caldwell Area Downtown Y West Y
Member Pricing: Free | Non-Member Pricing: Free
Ages: All

Patterned after The Creative Center at University Settlement, the Artist in Residence program is founded on the belief that “medicine cures the body, but art heals the spirit.” AIR program promotes a sense of healing and recovery to people living with chronic illness, like cancer or Parkinson’s disease through creative arts workshops. The workshops are designed to help reduce anxiety, allay fears, and combat isolation and boredom that can come with a diagnosis. Even more importantly, they help people be viewed as unique individuals rather than representatives of their disease. The workshops offer a supportive group setting to nurture our creative spirits and discover and strengthen our sometimes hidden artistic talents. They are taught by professional artists using high quality materials and focus on both the art (aesthetic) and craft (technical) of many art forms to help people access their imaginations and creative resources. Drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, mosaic, fiber arts, textiles, and performance art are among the many mediums explored in the Artist in Residence Program.

Contact Mary Biddle-Newberry for more information at (208) 344 5502 ext 276 or via email at

The Treasure Valley Family Y believes that every child is of promise.  Therefore, no one is denied Y services due to the inability to pay.  For more information please visit our Financial Assistance page.