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Art & Creativity for Healing Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Arts Education, Single Organization Support

Mission: Art & Creativity for Healing was founded with a vision that the creative process and emotional healing often intersect when words are not adequate, and pain is too deep. Our programs are designed to work in conjunction with educational programs and therapeutic models (including traditional talk therapy) augmenting the benefits of these modalities with a unique creative approach. Specifically, our methods allow participants to learn a new way of communicating through creation and color that encourages emotional breakthroughs and further enhances the therapy process. Unlike other art programs that employ a loose format of free expression, our curriculum contains strictly guided exercises designed to elicit a creative response that encourages the release of stress issues, grief, anger and disappointment.

Results: Since our inception, we have directly fostered transformational change in more than 60,000 children, women and families who have found our creative intervention a valuable tool to address the often-unbearable pain in their lives. With more than 35 non-profit program partners in Orange County we have created an effective methodology for reaching people in pain.

Target demographics: Children, teens and adults; low-income and underprivileged populations; military families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3000

Geographic areas served: Orange County, Calif.; San Diego County, Calif.

Programs: Art4Healing programs

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've taken a class and hope to take the one in August for volunteering. I've read her book. The work they do speaks to my heart.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I worked for Art and Creativity for Healing several years ago as a facilitator of classes - the work that the students accomplished was so rewarding it would bring you to tears. For children, especially teenagers, to express themselves with art, rather than words, is wonderful.

I hope this company continues to succeed and provide such a fulfilling service to people in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found Art4Healing on the web when I was searching for sabbatical opportunities after retirement. I was hoping to find an art therapy program but when I found out the requirements for that profession I was discouraged. I would need about 7 years of training. The more I read about Art4Healing the more I recognized that this was my answer. In this program the facilitator is well trained, guides the workshop participants through the process. encourages them to express their feelings and in the process they touch areas within themselves that need healing. A facilitator does not analyze but encourages. If a participant needs more help a councilor reference will be provided. I took one class and made arrangements to attend the intensive summer program. The process is friendly, the results astounding. I am now ready to bring their method and philosophy to the Midwest into areas where this healing process is badly needed.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program offers the best in healing opportunities through art - ideas that allow so many to heal from grief, anger, and sadness created in homes, family and our culture today. They teach others to carry these techniques to the world and spread its soothing techniques to those in pain and through these activities help them heal and experience joy and peace. Have paint-brush, will heal should be their motto! Their programs of training for therapists and other professionals give amazing breadth and outreach to this organization that will spread even to the mountians of Appalachia and to the people of their small communities.