Art Works Program


Art Works Gallery is located in the beautiful and historic Mission Inn District of Riverside, CA.  Since 2008, Art Works has opened its doors to people from all walks of life, whose lives have been touched by mental health challenges and recovery. We offer creative arts classes and workshops free of cost, supplies included.  Our vision is reach people, wherever they are in their recovery process, and to assist them in the transformative process that creative expression facilitates; just as it did in our lives.

 Art Works Gallery offers classes five days per week in all areas of the creative arts.  The Art Works calendar changes each month and has included the following classes: drawing, acrylic painting, watercolor painting, fiber arts, jewelry, mixed media, dance, drama, music, creative writing, poetry, paper arts, mandala making, glass works and sculpture. Students are able to consign their art work at the gallery to earn income as well.   In addition, Art Works offers a unique opportunity for local community artists to share their talents with students at After Works, an art social event that takes place each Friday evening. By reaching out and inviting in our greater community, we find that the wall of stigma begins to crumble and the bridge of hope and compassion builds. Exhibitions at Art Works Gallery are rotated every two months.  As a recovery-oriented program, each of Art Works Gallery’s exhibitions is centered around a recovery theme, such as what art has taught a person about him or herself, the power of personal history, and how a person’s recovery can shine through their art pieces.  In addition to the Art Works Gallery exhibit space, we also partner with local venues to display artwork, such as our permanent off-site exhibition space at the Riverside Downtown Metro Building which houses the MHSA Administration offices. This allows for a greater number of people to enjoy the beautiful art created in our program.

Art Works programs and projects are not confined solely to Downtown Riverside.  Because Riverside County is a large and far-reaching county, Art Works has a mobile project called Recovery In Motion.  This mobile project travels to underserved locations throughout Riverside County where individuals would not typically have the opportunity to take advantage of weekly Art Works classes.  These community-based classes are 4-8 sessions in length and combine arts instruction with recovery principles.  In addition, students at Recovery In Motion classes will receive a take-away (such as an art kit or performance) upon completion of the 4-8 week class session.

Art Works’ programs and projects are funded by Riverside County Dept. of Mental Health, the Riverside Arts Council, and other generous donors.  To learn more about classes, workshops, exhibitions, and opportunities to get involved, please contact us through email at or call us at (951) 683-1279. We are always looking for instructors, patrons and others who support our mission.

To view our Recovery Education Calendars and Class descriptions, click here.