The Institute for Therapy through the Arts


Founded in 1975, the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) is one of the few comprehensive community-based arts therapy programs in the United States to offer all four creative arts treatment modalities – Music Therapy, Drama Therapy, Art Therapy, and Dance/Movement Therapy.   


ITA is nationally recognized and has distinguished itself in the use of integrated arts approaches to help children, adults and families to improve functioning related to psychological, developmental, physical or cognitive factors. 


ITA offers individual and group therapy sessions at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Downtown Evanston (1702 Sherman Avenue), Downtown Chicago, Lake Forest, and Winnetka campuses.

Mission Statement

The primary goals of the Institute for Therapy through the Arts are to:

  • Deliver world-class creative arts therapy services to individuals, groups and organizations in order to promote healing, foster growth and encourage development.
  • Actively engage in inquiry and research into the value and efficacy of the creative arts therapies as a tool for psychological and medical treatment.
  • Create the conditions whereby the arts and inclusion in art making experiences is accessible to everyone regardless of psychological, physical, developmental or socioeconomic barriers.
  • Educate the public and professionals about the value of the creative arts therapies.