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Member Art

Member artwork on display in Santa Monica during entire month of June

At Step Up on and Daniel’s Place, Art Heals. Self-expression through the arts can help channel thoughts and emotions, guide self-expression and discovery to foster progress towards recovery. The dynamic artwork of member-artists at Step Up and Daniel’s Place will be on view at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church for the month of June. An opening reception is June 3rd, noon to 1 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church located at 1260 18th St. in Santa Monica. The month-long exhibit presents 18 artworks exploring creativity, self-expression, and healing through painting, drawing, and pastels. “Do you know what the good thing about art is?” one member-artist recently said. “It helps me learn to be alone but not lonely.”

Art Exhibit Flyer – Download as a PDF


Member Art


Members of Step Up and Daniel’s Place have a chance to take numerous classes that focus on visual, writing and performing arts. The involvement of our members in our Art Heals Gallery program, our Brainstorm writing sessions, or our music and poetry classes, offers them a chance to find a sense of purpose and identity, which helps to facilitate empowerment, foster change and progress towards reintegration into society. The personal growth and improvement in socialization skills, confidence and self-esteem in our members due to their involvement in our art programs is phenomenal and we are looking to continue that prospect.

Online Artists’ Gallery

Brainstorm Newsletter / Anthology

Stepping Stones Newsletter

Julie’s Room

Art Heals Gallery & Learning Center

The members and staff of Step Up have created an innovative ART HEALS GALLERY and Learning Center at Step Up on Fifth. The ART HEALS GALLERY exhibits the artwork of Step Up and Daniel’s Place members. The Learning Center is lab offering classes in computer skills. This highly-visible, ART HEALS GALLERY & Learning Center exhibit space also offers exciting benefits to Corporate Sponsors as well. Step Up on Second is pleased to offer prime commercial placement of sponsor recognition signage at 1548 5th Street (adjacent to the Fred Segal Santa Monica retail store). For more information about Corporate Sponsorships in the ART HEALS GALLERY, please call Kimm Baersch, Corporate Giving Coordinator, at 310-576-1308 ext. 245, os send an e-mail via our contact form. Participation in the ART HEALS GALLERY strengthens our members link with the community, builds resilience, and gives our corporate sponsors a tremendous return on their charitable investment.

  Corporate Sonsorship Information — PDF

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Watch a mini-documentary about the artists of the Art Heals Gallery, and Julie’s Room, home of the art program at Step Up:

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An Important Message from Step Up

Dear Supporters, Volunteers and Trusted Community Partners,

We wanted to take a moment to let you know Step Up is actively monitoring the COVID-19 status in the communities we work. We are relieved to report that as of this writing, there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in the Step Up Community. Step Up is taking measures to both protect employees' health and welfare, and to advance its critical mission to serve its most at-risk members. During this time, members will continue to need our support and we expect to continue to provide the exemplary level of support and services we have become known for in our community.

In an abundance of caution, Step Up is taking the following immediate steps to curtail the spread of the virus and to keep its staff, members and volunteers as safe and as healthy as possible during this period of unknown impact:

  • All volunteer activities at all sites are halted for a minimum of two weeks.
  • Managers are empowered to work with staff to curtail activities that may put them or members at risk. This includes the possibility of remote work when feasible, phone or telehealth meetings with members as necessary, avoiding transporting members in personal or company vehicles - the advancement of our mission is paramount;
  • Program staff will be trained on how to utilize company phone apps to effectively communicate with members and each other as necessary;
  • We have asked staff if they or an immediate family member is experiencing flu-like symptoms, to not report to any office location, contact their manager on how to proceed, and seek medical attention immediately.

While many public and private spaces have curtailed operations for the time being, Step Up will remain operational and will continue serving its clients. Again, it is important to note that NO ONE IN THE STEP UP COMMUNITY HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. Our goal is to keep it that way for as long as possible.

Please contact us by email or phone before coming to one of our locations. Support from our community is especially vital now as operations are re-aligned to adhere to our mission while keeping staff, members and volunteers safe. Please consider making a donation as we work through this difficult time. Your contributions in any amount ensure that Step Up will continue serving our most vulnerable neighbors, who are especially vulnerable during this community health crisis. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

Stay safe and healthy,
Tod Lipka
President & CEO