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9Muses Art Center

9Muses Art Center


We are a program of The Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida designed to provide adults with mental health issues an opportunity to participate in fine arts classes with recovery workshops, and groups to support mental health and wellness. Participants may choose from a broad array of visual and performing arts. Classes and personalized instruction along with individual studio time allow members to create according to his/her own personal “muse”. Members can engage in stimulating activity, free from the stigma of mental illness. Support groups for depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar depression, and schizophrenia are held weekly.

9Muses has been promoting mental health awareness throughout the community for over twenty years and functions successfully as a peer-run organization. Members are free to come and go, and participate in any class they wish or sit and enjoy coffee and conversation with other members. Positive interaction promotes self-empowerment and increases mental health awareness and strengthens individual recovery.


In 1994, a mental health art center was inspired by a phone call to the Consumer Affairs Director from a case manager who was concerned about a client ready for discharge from the state hospital. The individual was a talented artist and only wanted to do art. Meetings were initiated with local consumers who were artists or those interested in the arts to solicit thei

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9Muses Art Center

7139 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33313


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Accessibility Information


Ample parking available in plaza.


Monday - Friday: 9AM-5:30PM
Some Support Groups offered after hours. Calendar is available on website.
Saturday: 10AM-5PM


The 9Muses Art Center is an adult services Drop-In Center for use by individuals who have a history of Mental Illness or are currently dealing with a Mental Illness.

The Drop-In Center is a peer-operated service that offers free services for anyone who meets the above-mentioned criteria. The primary purpose is to provide a safe and secure environment that supports individual recovery through mutual support.

Membership is available to others as well who do not meet criteria however a nominal fee is expected to help defray the costs associated with their participation. It is the policy of the Drop-In center that other professional staff (Case Managers, Peer Mentors, etc.) may accompany individuals to the center as a support for transportation, however, are not to provide other support functions for the individual who is participating. This is to encourage social interaction among peers and to encourage full participation in the activities being offered by the Drop-In Center.

Other professional staff may engage in the Drop-In center only by completing a membership application and becoming a member of the Drop-In center. Professional staff may be asked to accompany individuals on a case by case basis if the staff believe it would be in the best interest of the individual to be present. In most cases, professional staff is not to be involved with the individual when they are engaged in the services provided by the Drop-In center.

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