The Mission

To render the health benefits of making art accessible, sustainable, and inclusive.

Over the years of working as an Art Therapist in a number of different settings, our founder Drew started to seriously question why creative engagement is not widely considered an important pathway to wellness, despite the research that continues to emerge and explain how engaging with art improves our health in so many ways

This led to another question; why does it feel like there are so many things keeping us from connecting with creative outlets and making art? That list is fairly long as well; schedules, budget, material expense and storage, intimidation! 


It's our mission to take down the barriers to creative engagement and the related health benefits, and we hope you can find an hour in your week to stop by, throw on an apron, and come render! 

Core Values

We Believe

That creative engagement is central to leading the holistic, healthy life that every person deserves.

We Recognize 

That mental and physical health are changing states that exist on a continuum, and deserve our attention, effort, and care at every level.

We Commit 

To working towards a world where everyone has access to the arts and to holistic health support.

We Acknowledge 

That we are all shaped by different aspects of culture, heritage, and systems of power. We promise to genuinely engage in dialogue about those shaping forces as we make decisions, and prioritize cultural equity.

We Approach 

Everything we do with curiosity, compassion, and collaborative spirit.

Drew Smith
 Founder & Art Therapist 

Drew founded Render with the goal of making the therapeutic effects of art and creative process accessible to the people of Portland. She wanted to build a creative space designed to support health and wellness, and made as accessible as possible by the measures of cost, compatibility with a modern life style, and inclusivity of anyone interested in making art. While there is a strong creative pulse here in Portland, she noticed that so many of us still struggled to find the time, mental and physical space, and inspiration to keep our creative engines healthy and running. And so Render was born.

Drew is committed to making sure you feel welcomed, calmed, a little challenged, revived, and inspired. She is a Licensed Certified Art Therapist in the state of Oregon, and a member of the American Art Therapy Association.

1705 NW Kearney Street Portland OR, 97209 | 971.339.9155

© Render Creative Space 2021. All rights reserved. 

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