9Muses Art Center
The place I go to just be. Feeling fickle today, but there I am okay. Driving there today was somewhat challenging. These racing thoughts interfere with my focus. Right on University, I go North and cross Oakland, puzzled and frustrated; the time ticking, tick, tick, tick. Am I going to be tardy to one of my favorite meetings? I arrive during introduction. A deep breath brings composure. I am looking forward to learning something new. My thirst for enrichment and knowledge must be quenched. I am here.
What do I do when I don’t want to?
What do I do when the pain is so painful it seems to be all consuming to the point I’m gasping for air?
I do! I get out of bed and show up to 9Muses. 9Muses is the place that even on, or especially on my worst days I know I need to show up. Yes, 9Muses is an art studio, but it is so much more. 9Muses is magical; minus the glitter (sorry glitter is forbidden). I’m not sure it is possible to explain to someone that has not actually been in. Sure I can tell you our hours; the classes offered and support groups that take place. The true magic however is the friendships, community and support that far extends beyond what is on the calendar.
Welcome to 9Muses; A drop-in center where amazing artists and wonderful people share the secrets of the arts. Jewelry, painting, ceramics, mosaics, creative writing, talent shows, music, singing, support groups, tie dye, tai chi, and meditation. Learn to calm yourself with the arts at 9Muses Art Center .
7139 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Lauderhill, FL 33313
Hours of operation: M-F 9:00 - 6:00 pm and Sat 10:00 - 5:00 pm
Rita Claire Rosenblum
Recycled paper??? Who would have ever thought recycled perfume boxes would make beautiful, in color, light in weight, wonderful to wear, jewelry. Necklace, bracelet, and earrings are made by talented artist, Kathy Garcia who takes different kinds of paper and creates jewelry to be worn on special occasions or for everyday wear.
The combinations are endless; Original one of a kind jewelry. They seem to have a calming effect on me when I wear them. People are always commenting on my necklaces. What a conversations piece.
Rita Claire Rosenblum
Amazing things happen every day at 9Muses Drop-in Center on Oakland Park Blvd.
On my very first visit, I sat in silent awe as Rick and Pat (Music Therapy instructors) engaged, encouraged and ignited a small gathering of vocalists and musicians that were also mental health consumers. Strumming guitarists were finding the right chords, a pair of young singers were discovering the beauty of their own sweet songs, an accomplished vocalist serenaded us with a poignant, expressive melody -heartfelt in its delivery.
This scene invoked in me a feeling, that which can only be described as...holiness. What came to were the words of a Nuevo gospel song "no one is a stranger here, everyone belongs..."
Personal acceptance, warm encouragement and a healthy shot of good humor is the order of the day at 9Muses.
Persons living with mental illnesses gain hope and do enter into recovery. 9Muses is a healing place.
Thank you to Chris (Director of 9Muses) and his awesome staff.
By Richard Aldret