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Creative Deed 365: February Offerings

March 1, 2015
Creative Deed 365: February Offerings | creativity in motion

Creative Deed 365

In the thick of the winter here, it’s been really wonderful to keep engaging in a little bit of Creative Deed art-making everyday and then releasing the art and its message into the world (snow, ice, sub zero temperatures, and all)!   This month’s Creative Deeds I have left at gas stations, grocery stores, on the street at newspaper stands, banks, my local art supply store, through the USPS mail, and more!  I hope that the expressions I’ve made throughout February warm the hearts of their finders as much, if not more than me….  :)

Here is a quick look at days 32-59 of Creative Deed 365:

The Creative Deed 365 Group and project contributors there and on social media (using the #creativedeed365 hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) continue to be a.maz.ing as well— Full of beautiful art, kindness, creativity, & support!  It’s fun to get multiple doses of creative deed art and intention from everyone that is making, sharing, and commenting in connection to this project….

Creative Deed 365: February Offerings | creativity in motion

#creativedeed365 on Instagram

Artfully onward to March’s creations & discoveries!

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Catch up on past #creativedeed365 posts here:

Creative Deed 365 January Offerings

Creative Deed 365 Artful Beginnings: Creating It Forward in 2015

Introducing: Creative Deed 365

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Trauma, Transformation & Growth

February 15, 2015

This past week here in NE Ohio at Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus’ Gallery was the Exhibit Opening for The Transformative Image: Post Traumatic Growth & Art Therapy.

This exhibit featured a strong range of creative expressions (paintings, installations, drawing, textiles, ceramics, mixed media, photography & more) inspired by personal experiences and the concept of Post Traumatic Growth (PTG).  PTG filled the gallery everywhere with images & artistic representations that transformed extreme struggle, adversity, or trauma into positive, internal growth deep with re-connection to purpose, attachment, and empowerment:

Trauma, Transformation, & Growth | creativity in motion

Exhibit Opening: The Transformative Image- Post Traumatic Growth & Art Therapy

 

Trauma, Transformation, & Growth | creativity in motion

Butterfly Art Installation for adding hopes, dreams, & wishes

 

Trauma, Transformation, & Growth | creativity in motion

My Own Beautiful, Altered Brain

Here are a few interesting reads to check out & learn more about PTG:

  • Resilience and Post Traumatic Growth: Learn some creative tips via Lani Gerity’s blog on how to cultivate and practice resilience in when faced with stressful life circumstances.

If you’re going to be/in the NE Ohio area, The Transformative Image: Post Traumatic Growth & Art Therapy Exhibit is on display until March 6 at the Tri-C East Campus Gallery:

Trauma, Transformation, & Growth | creativity in motion

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Holistic Creative Circle :: Introducing Spectrum 2015

January 12, 2015

I have some exciting creative news to announce today! 
Introducing Spectrum 2015….. :)

Spectrum hosted by Hali Karla Arts is a multi-media online Holistic Creative Experience guided by 25 artists, healers and visionaries devoted to awakening, exploring, deepening & celebrating your innate Mind-Body-Spirit Nature, Wisdom and Connection. Spectrum is for anyone interested in enhancing intuition, strengthening courage, celebrating wholeness & diversity, widening perspective, developing deeper relationships, and who wants to offer her own gifts to the world, guided by personal awareness and creative living.

This creative circle integrates visual journaling into an experience about so much more and I am so excited and grateful to be part of this year’s Spectrum Teaching Collective to offer my new workshop, Creative Covenants.

Online Holistic Creative Circle-Spectrum 2015 | creativity in motion

Creative Covenants @ Spectrum 2015

​Your creative covenants are values that you believe are core to the way you create, practice, and live as a creative and artful being. When you know your own creative values, you can activate them to empower your creative life.  How would you define your creative covenants? In this workshop, you are invited to create an inspiring book made from a series of permission tags that honor these promises to our creative self and practice. Content in this workshop will also be nurtured through a series of prompts exploring what celebrates, challenges, and empowers the creative goodness in each of us!
Creative Covenants | creativity in motion

What are your Creative Covenants?

Spectrum will be available completely online with workshop videos and PDFs that can be accessed at your own pace and on your own schedule– anytime & anywhere in the world… and also includes special membership and on-line meet up opportunities to connect with others in the Spectrum community. Whether you are just beginning an art journal practice, or looking to enhance & spark a seasoned one– or simply looking for a fresh way to explore the rivers of your Mind~Body~Spirit~Nature experience – Spectrum will take you on a journey that will enhance your understanding of yourself and impact the way you engage and relate in all aspects of your life.

Join me and the other inspiring contributors & art offerings for 6 months of creative discovery and community celebrating the empowerment of creative ritual, the freedom in uninhibited expression, body as guide and ally, art as intuitive oracle and medicine, and nature as provider of love, lesson, peace, abundance and belonging.

Spectrum 2015 Teaching Collective

Spectrum 2015 Teaching Collective

There is so much creative goodness here!  I can’t wait to meet everyone who experiences this creative community of art & awareness with us… I hope you’ll consider participating in this 2015 adventure- Check out what Spectrum has to offer!

*** Meet the contributors, workshops, and access the discounted early bird sale here ***

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Compassion & Creativity

September 24, 2014

I just finished participating in this year’s Compassion Games with a team I organized through the 6 Degrees of Creativity community. Our Creative Deed Team included a dozen a.maz.ing members from all over the globe! For 11 days, we worked on a series of artful acts that I sent out each day of the games to inspire kindness & compassion.  You can view the prompts for each of the Creative Deeds here.

Compassion & Creativity | creativity in motion

12 Days of Creative Deeds

For the team’s first creative deed, I thought it would be a nice start to have each of us photograph a heart in the palm of our hand, as a symbol and offering of compassion.  Below is a pic I took of my hand holding a glittery paper heart in my creative space, with a quote connected to service, compassion, and supporting of others.

Compassion & Creativity | creativity in motion

Show Us Your Heart

For our second Creative Deed, Chalking it Up for Compassion, it was pretty dreary, damp, and cold on my end, but getting out my sidewalk chalk & pastels to work on a rock I chose to create a message of compassion on, helped brighten the environment.  My chalk art was inspired by the Dalai Lama quote, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

Chalk It Up for Compassion

Chalk It Up for Compassion

My love for making wordles and word clouds inspired Day 3’s Creative Deed, as team members were encouraged to experiment with free, online sites like Wordle, Tagxedo, and Word It Out to create Compassion inspired word art.  My image was made using Tagxedo (love their shapes), using words from the quotes that inspired me during Day 1 and 2.

Compassion Wordclouding

Compassion Wordclouding

Operation Random Acts of Creative Kindness inspired Creative Deed Day 4 and I made this art tag that I hung on a telephone poll along one of the busiest walking streets my city.  My hope is that someone spotted it, took it, and enjoyed it!  On the back side of the tag is the A.A. Milne quote, “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Compassion & Creativity | creativity in motion

Operation Random Acts of Creative Kindness

Day 5’s Creative Deed was inspired by a concept introduced in Seattle for the Compassion Games, in which individuals are nominated as Compassion All Stars. The Creative Deed Team nominated individuals in our lives and then made an award to recognize him/her.  I nominated Lani Gerity as a Compassion All Star I am grateful to have in my creative life as a friend & colleague— Just visit Lani’s blog to take in all her compassionate and artful ways.

Compassion All Star Award

Compassion All Star Award

The next day the Creative Deed Team embarked on a Compassion & Creativity Quote Hunt and we used online programs like Recite and Quozio to transform these words into graphic designed images.   I chose one of my favorite resiliency based quotes from Ben Orki that I often use as an affirmation in my work.

Compassion & Creativity Quote Hunt

Compassion & Creativity Quote Hunt

Day 7’s Creative Deed was dedicated to celebrating everything and anything awesome through making Compassion Cards of Awesomeness for ourselves & others.  I stashed this Creative Deed message inside a random book.  I think there is much power and strength in this quote.

Compassion Cards of Awesomeness

Compassion Cards of Awesomeness

Our next Creative Deed was inspired by one of the ways the Compassion Games invites participants to play:  as Secret Agents of Compassion.  The Creative Deed Team embarked on a mission dedicated to showing compassion to the earth and to capture our observations & reflections related to interrelatedness through photography. My photo was about the transitioning of summer into fall and its connection to letting go & how from this state of dying; new life & growth follows…. even if we have to get through the winter first and I am grateful for this process…

Secret Agent of Compassion: Nature Mission

Secret Agent of Compassion: Nature Mission

Day 9’s Creative Deed focused on mandala making with a compassion theme.  A recent photo I took of a candle and its flame reminded me of a light bearing mandala and how light (giving & receiving) can bring an awareness of hope & clarity  in times of distress and despair.

Compassion Mandala

Compassion Mandala

Sticky notes were transformed into Compassion Art on Day 10 as a way to publicly display positive messages of kindness.  I left my sticky note art of hope on a restroom mirror  in one of my favorite roadside travel stops on the way home from a trip.  It included a message to have, trust, believe, and embrace hope.

Compassion Sticky Note Art

Compassion Sticky Note Art

The final day of the Compassion Games ended on September 21, International Day of Peace.  The Creative Deed Team reflected on this CG post and was encouraged to create a Peace Flag to symbolize the power of peace, as well as what peace symbolizes to us and for the world.  I used small fabric swatches to create a series of flags using fabric markers, acrylic paint, sharpies and ballpoint ink with some hand sewing.

International Day of Peace Flag

International Day of Peace Flag

It was not only meaningful and lots of creative fun to work on each of these days for the Compassion Games and to share these good vibes & intentions with others, but it was also really wonderful to connect with everyone on the Creative Deed team through art, service, and reflection over these 11 days. Lots of creative goodness!!  I am appreciative of my teammates’ dedication & thoughtfulness, as well as the passion, support, and organization from the Compassion Games. Good times!

You can see the entire Creative Deed Team Collection on Facebook here.

And check out the scientific benefits & origins of compassion from the Charter for Compassion.

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Wow! 2014 Games Are Behind Us, Now it’s Time to Celebrate and Share!

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Compassion Games 2014: Team 6 Degrees of Creativity Creative Deeds Go Global

Re-Organzing My Creative Space & Repurposing My Dried Up Marker Stash

September 12, 2014

This week I spent more time cleaning out and organizing my creative space and supplies.  A recent trip to IKEA and finally purchasing the RÅSKOG Kitchen Cart (yay!) to serve as an art cart (inspired by this blog post and on my wish list for months) and picking up some MÅLA marker accessories super inspired me….

Re-Organzing My Creative Space & Repurposing My Dried Up Marker Stash | creativity in motion

RÅSKOG Shelfie

My RÅSKOG set-up includes my sharpies, gel pens, paint pens, paint brushes, distressed ink, stamp pads, glitter glues, various mod podges, smashbooks, and more… Love this little, but amazing storage piece!  It will be nice to easily wheel this cart next to my side while working on my 3×5 365 and other projects. Look here at this RÅSKOG page from Pinterest on the different ways you can use this awesome cart.

Next…. the rest of my organizing on this day included going through all my old markers…. there were lots….

Re-Organzing My Creative Space & Repurposing My Dried Up Marker Stash | creativity in motion

Dried up marker stash

I shared the above photo with my social network and it wasn’t long before my art therapy friends began commenting with ideas & suggestions to repurpose and give a new life to them….  Everything from making them into alcohol inks (Kelly), puppets (Magdalena), pencil holders (Christy), magic wand accessories (Peg), building things with them using duck tape (Eleni), and this link from Suzanne that has lots more ideas related to making things out of old marker caps.

The suggestion that intrigued me the most was Diane’s and Rosemary’s: turning the old marker ink into some sort of spray paint accessory.  I couldn’t resist trying the idea out!

Re-Organzing My Creative Space & Repurposing My Dried Up Marker Stash | creativity in motion

With pliers, I took off the plastic ends of a handful of makers to expose the ink cylinder inside and then added a little bit of water (with the caps still on the other end).

Re-Organzing My Creative Space & Repurposing My Dried Up Marker Stash | creativity in motion

When I took off the marker cap, lots of bright & vivid ink would drip right through and at the recommendation of Diane and Rosemary, I blew into the open end of the marker to experiment with how much the ink would spray through the other end (tip). Lots of splattering & sprinkling fun!

Re-Organzing My Creative Space & Repurposing My Dried Up Marker Stash | creativity in motion

To soak up some of the water on the paper, I pressed the ink onto another sheet of paper monoprint style.  It was interesting to see the layers of color that the different colors of ink created! Thanks Diane & Rosemary!

It was awesome to read all the ideas and inspiration that came in from a simple art material photo.  One of the super good and helpful benefits of social media!  Perhaps as I continue to re-organize my creative space I should post other discarded & unwanted items for a fresh perspective & new ideas…. :)  Thank you to everyone who contributed- it was a delightful surprise to my creative week!

What materials and media do you repurpose into something new that creates another/different creative life for it?

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Paper Stash Swap Show & Tell

August 1, 2014

In July, I organized a Paper Stash Swap for my 6 Degrees of Creativity online workshop community, where interested members signed up to exchange artsy paper stuff and goodies with another participant:

Paper Stash Swap Show & Tell | creativity in motion

Let’s Swap Some Paper!

Below is some the creative goodness I put together for the couple of fun  stashes I mailed to Nancy and Jessica.  These packages included a variety of scrapbooking paper, tags, paper bag books, scrap collage bits & pieces, bingo cards, book catalog file cards and more:

Paper Stash Show & Tell | creativity in motion

Preparing Creative Goodness for Paper Stash Mailing

Here’s a collection of awesome paper stashes I received from Jessica, Roseann, and Nancy (thank you!) which included lots of colorful printed paper, book & dictionary pages, maps, tags, tickets, and so, so much more:

Paper Stash Show & Tell | creativity in motion

Paper Stash Treasure

The second part of this Paper Stash Swap is this month’s Show & Tell where we can share what we’ve created with some of the gifts & treasures we’ve received.  I’ve used a lot of the stash stuff in my 3×5 365 cards during the past month. It was also really easy to take the stashes (contained in a large mailing envelope or plastic bag) on the go with me to create with.  I really thought the patterns, textures, & colors of the stashes I was generously gifted with brought a new excitement and an inviting warmth to my 3×5 art. It was a pleasure to begin incorporating these positive elements into my creative practice and feel these meaningful additions come to life (each day and each week).

Paper Stash Show & Tell | creativity in motion

My Paper Stash Show & Tell: July 3×5 Art

I look forward to seeing other Show & Tells from this exchange on the 6 Degrees of Creativity site and how what was received was used or what it inspired. :)

In case you’re looking for your own paper stash inspiration check out some of these ideas from my Creative Goodness with Gluebooks e-book that you can download free here.

Paper Stash Show & Tell | creativity in motion

Cultivating Your Paper Stash

What’s your favorite paper item to use in your stash or to gift to others?

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San Antonio Art Therapy Fun

July 3, 2014

Next week I’ll be heading to San Antonio to attend the national art therapy conference and I am looking forward to opportunities for learning, connecting, and community building.

San Antonio Art Therapy Fun: Artist Trading Card Exchange | creativity in motion

My ATCs for the San Antonio Art Therapy ATC Swap

Early on at the conference, Andrea Davis, LPC, ATR-BC and I have organized an artist trading card exchange and meet up exploring the theme of art therapy dreams. I am eager to spend time swapping art and re-connecting/connecting on site with art therapists and students I’ve met through the 6 Degrees of Creativity or Art Therapy Alliance communities, as well as meeting some new faces and enjoying the creative company of friends.

San Antonio Art Therapy Fun: Artist Trading Card Exchange | creativity in motion

Swapping & Meet Up Accessories

I hope this gathering will be a great space for networking & coming together through creativity!

Later on Thursday (5-7 pm), I’ll be participating in the Arts & Crafts Marketplace, offering some handmade pocket journals and books (created from miniature file folders, matchboxes, & inchies) for sale… Stop by table #5, say hello, and check out the creative goodness:

Matchbox Journals

Matchbox Journals

 

Inchie Love

Inchie Love

 

Inchie Inspiration Books

Inchie Inspiration Books

 

Marketplace Creative Goodness

Marketplace Creative Goodness

 

Pocket Journals

Pocket Journals

 

Pocket Journals

Pocket Journals

 

San Antonio Art Therapy Fun: Marketplace Creative Goodness | creativity in motion

Marketplace Creative Goodness

Following the Marketplace fun, I am looking forward to attending the free screening of Inocente and have the honor of leading a discussion following the film with audience attendees about the role and benefits of art expression in helping youth living with homeless.  Don’t miss out on seeing this inspiring and Academy award-winning film from 8-9:30 on Thursday evening- I hope to see you there!

INOCENTE Screening

INOCENTE Screening

On Saturday morning (10:30-11:20 am), I’ll be facilitating a Focus Group on one of my favorite topics: Social Media’s Role in Cultivating Art Therapy Connection, Community, & Creativity. This focus group will stimulate innovative dialogue about social networking’s important role in building community, cultivating creativity, and creating connection for art therapists worldwide. Participants will engage in discussion about the power of social media to mobilize and engage a community, as well as how to leverage this participation to bring art therapists together for art-making, support, and crowdsourcing efforts. Discussion content will include websites, groups, and communities available on-line for art therapists and how to professionally get the most out the social media experience for networking, empowering creativity, and sustaining a sense of community and belonging.

Social Media & Art Therapy Focus Group

Social Media & Art Therapy Focus Group

I’m also excited to bring & share some of the Art Therapy Alliance‘s new Favicards to help spread the art therapy & social media love….. :)

2014 Art Therapy Alliance Favicards

2014 Art Therapy Alliance Favicards

And finally, if you want to join in on the conference’s social media activity while in San Antonio, AATA’s Social Media Committee will be hosting Pop Up Photo Taking & Hashtag Creative Fun in the Exhibit Hall @ the Marketplace of Ideas during Networking and Lunch Breaks Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  You are invited to stop by!  Also, if you will be in attendance at the conference and want to share your updates, check-ins & photos, use the event’s hashtag #AATA2014 on Twitter, Instagram, and on FB.

 I hope our paths will cross at one of these happenings or at another offering throughout the week if we are both in San Antonio!

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3×5 Journeying Into & Through

June 21, 2014

“…And for most journeys, we need a map…” ~Patti Digh

This week’s theme for Daisy Yellow’s ICAD Challenge was focused on all things maps. It has been lots of fun to work on different creative concepts combining my 3×5 art making with map making.  I used a variety of maps I’ve collected….. from maps I have picked up in hotels, local & regional maps, prints of maps in magazine catalogs, and maps gifted to me in paper stash swaps.  On the 3rd day of this theme, I was also inspired by researching maps of the hand.

As this week’s ICAD theme comes to a close, I’m spent time today reflecting on themes around finding, discovery, navigating, & adventuring.

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

My companion for today’s reflection was the book, The Geography of Loss, by Patti Digh which I took off the bookshelf in my creative space this morning as I looked over the 3x5s I created this past week.

“The word map: A process of seeing, of charting, of knowing, or journeying into and through.”

 

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

I often include paper hearts in my 3×5 art (and art journaling for that matter!) and the map theme really inspired its inclusion even more. As a compass of sorts.

Today, post 3×5 making and having these maps & paper hearts before me, I re-visited Digh’s section on thematic mapping for widely opening our hearts (Part 2).  Digh prompts us to create a metaphorical map of our heart and to think about what’s inside,  what/who opens or closes this heart, to honor what is by honoring what was, and to feel the difference between a heart that is protected and one that is free & open.  Inspiring stuff….. :)

I love this combination of heart & map making…. As I worked on each of these cards the intention of progress, readiness, and journey honoring was definitely on my 3×5 making brain.  It’s nice to see the series together, as well as pieces of the terrain that create a larger perspective.

I look forward to continuing ICAD’s themes for weeks 4-6! 

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Daisy Yellow’s ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3×5 Adventure Begins

June 7, 2014
Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Some of my ICAD Week 1 Supplies

This week was the beginning of Daisy Yellow’s ICAD Challenge!  Yay!

I know I’ve been creating on index cards everyday this year as part of my 3×5 365 project, but participating in ICAD is like a new, exciting chapter to this creative process. This challenge hosted by Tammy Garcia is in its 4th year, but this is the first time I am participating!

My first seven ICAD Challenge cards are inspired by Week 1’s Text Theme:

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 1- My ICAD boarding pass

 

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 2- Dictionary inspiration

 

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 3- Choose your words

 

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 4- Journey to eesilience

 

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 5- Text collage

 

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 6- learning the art of how we learn

 

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 7: stay close to your inner self

I tried to purposefully use simple materials to visually explore text: from dictionary and old calendar pages, a page from a paperback’s index, an old airplane ticket, baggage claim stickers, magazine print, & tiny printed words I already had in my paper stash, as well as scrapbooking paper.  Other materials I mostly used were distressed or stamping ink, washi & masking tape, and wite-out strips.

I really enjoyed working on a theme dedicated to text and discovering different ways to express it. I don’t think in the consecutive 520+ days I’ve been doing my 365 projects that I have spent an entire week intentionally focused on just one concept.  As I reflect on this week’s collection, I connect to the strength & liberation in the single cards, the images the words collectively create, and the series all together.

I’ve also enjoyed the community, connection, and inspiration of the Daisy Yellow ICAD Group and the awesomeness of seeing so many different index cards of art, materials, techniques, and ideas. It’s refreshing and inspiring to have probably 90% of my newsfeed taken over by a creative flood of 3×5 or 4×6 art.  Love!

I am looking forward to starting ICAD’s Week 2 Theme dedicated to all things collage and my favorite creative superpower of gluing stuff together!

Thanks to Tammy at Daisy Yellow for all the inspiration, enthusiasm, & index card love we get to enjoy together over the next two months. :)

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Creating Peace of Mind

May 24, 2014

In early 2011, I received an e-mail from Matthew Kaplan, Co-Founder and CEO of PeaceLove Studios introducing his Expressive Arts program in Rhode Island and an invitation for the Art Therapy Alliance to partner with their efforts to spread the word about the benefits of art expression in mental health and wellness, as well as their inspiring story and mission. You can learn more about Co-Founder Jeffrey Sparr’s story and the inspiration for PeaceLove here.

I loved the energy, intention, and passion of PeaceLove’s initiatives to create awareness and advocate for mental illness through creative expression and leveraging social media to raise awareness about their message to Create Peace of Mind.  It’s been a pleasure to use the power of my social media network in this positive way to contribute to the PeaceLove community and develop an online working relationship that supports one another, builds community, and supports creativity in mental health.

I’ve always wanted to see the PeaceLove Studio space in Pawtucket and meet the entire PeaceLove team and its community in person and off the grid! This past week I was so grateful to have that opportunity and then some:

Creating Peace of Mind | creativity in motion

PeaceLove Studios: #createpeaceofmind

In recognition of May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, PeaceLove debuted their first ever Mental Health Wellness Speaker Series.

The series featured nine speakers who each shared their story and contribution to creating peace of mind in their own life and in the world.

Creating Peace of Mind | creativity in motion

2014 PeaceLove Mental Health Wellness Speakers

  • Jeffrey Sparr- Artist and Co-Founder of PeaceLove shared his story of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and how painting has helped him manage his illness and create a creative voice of courage to answer his calling as a teacher, mentor, speaker, and advocate.
  • Alison Bologna- Founder of Shri Studio talked about her work with creating the only outreach-based studio in Rhode Island offering yoga and character-building classes in shelters, schools, prisons, recovery facilities, hospitals and more.  Alison passionately spoke of support, respect, honor, and inspiration as the values that guide the studio’s mission to create a life affirming space of positive energy and abundance for those it serves.
  • Waylan Tucker is an Artist and Mental Health Advocate who shared his story about living with Bipolar Disorder and the role daily art making over the span of five years had on his recovery, confidence, and managing life outside the pages of his sketchbook.
  • Katie Rich- Writer for Saturday Night Live and Past Second City Mainstage Cast Member spoke about her own experience with Panic Disorder.  I really enjoyed her message about focusing on the “loves” in/of your life & work and to keep doing what scares you.
  • Hillary Salmons- The Executive Director for the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) shared her innovative work with at-risk youth and highlighted the importance of us all to capitalize on our talents & strengths.  Hillary also emphasized her open approach to “sharing our toys”, collaborating, and working together to reach success. Very inspiring!
  • Andrej Suskavcevis- CEO of the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) highlighted the power of creative expression to create community, support, a sense of accomplishment, relaxation, and passion.  He invited the audience to reclaim their creativity with CRE8TIME: “a movement to raise awareness for the need to devote more time for creative expression, and provide a forum for you to share your experiences – the joys, lessons, and results – with the creative community at large.”  Love! I’ll be sharing more soon about CRE8TIME in an upcoming post on the 6 Degrees of Creativity blog.
  • Amy Kinney- Program Director for PeaceLove Studios shared her story of transformation and recovery that was supported by her creative expression as she worked to explore and discover her outside and inside self.  Amy’s story also included how her experience led her to help others through advocacy and creativity. Having met Amy briefly last fall in NYC and reading her book, Unraveling My Purple Sweater (a visual story about her depression and art-making),  it was really nice to hear Amy speak about not only her experiences, but how she is helping others through the creative process.

Creating Peace of Mind | creativity in motion

Following the amazing Speaker Series there was a big party for lots of hanging out and an art opening in the PeaceLove Studio space. This was much fun and a great opportunity to continue connecting and be inspired by themes of community, service, creativity, and creating peace of mind.  During this time I was able to meet Gail Ahlers of Ahlers Designs who created the beautiful PeaceLove Pendant Necklace I purchased earlier in the day, visit her studio space a couple doors down from PeaceLove, and learn more about her work and some of our common interests with using art for empowerment. What a pleasure!

One of the things I enjoy most is meeting people I have collaborated with or supported online.  Visiting PeaceLove’s space, meeting Matt & Jeff, seeing Amy again, and connecting with so many supporters of their growing community and the invited speakers was an amazing, amazing time.  I look forward to visiting again and continuing our collaboration!

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