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Creative Deed 365: July Offerings

July 31, 2015

July was a busy month for Creative Deed 365!  :)

Earlier this month, Creative Deed 365 Minneapolis took place during this year’s AATA Conference in Minneapolis, which was a delight to follow via participants who shared this activity on social media.  There were some inspiring discoveries left and found during these 5 days!  Thank you to everyone who participated, both deeders and finders- so much fun!

Creative Deed 365: July Offerings | creativity in motionCreative Deed 365: July Offerings | creativity in motionI also discovered another local find on Instagram this month of a creative deed I left last week:

Creative Deed 365: July Offerings | creativity in motion

Below are all of July’s offerings that I made and distributed throughout the month…. I am still making progress with my Creative Deed 365 mailing list, where I am sending out creative deeds through the postal system too- some of July’s offerings went out today!

Instagram continues to be a popular place to share: over 700 creative deed related photos have been posted so far-!  Check them all out here with the #creativedeed365 hashtag.

Wow….definitely past the half way point now— August creative deeding awaits!

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments

July 23, 2015

It’s taken me a couple of weeks to decompress and get into gear again after attending the 2015 American Art Therapy Association Conference in Minneapolis, but I wanted to share some of the memorable moments from the week– it was a schedule full of learning, presenting, re-connecting, meeting new faces, & inspiration that was well spent.

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

Here’s my Top 10 Memorable Moments (in no particular order):

1.  The Art Therapy Parade of awesome pioneer and inspiring art therapists that was creatively handcrafted by the Local Arrangements Committee for the Opening Session. Wow– this was great!

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

2. Temple Grandin’s Keynote on neurobiological functioning & information processing.  Dr. Grandin offered an inspiring lecture highlighting the sensory based value of art-making & creative expression with visual and “bottom up” thinking- and its unique role in helping make sense of information and experiences. Learn more here from her book “Thinking in Pictures”.  Really enjoyed the opportunity to meet Dr. Grandin as well!

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

3. So many great educational sessions to take in, not enough time to see everything!  Honorable mentions include the Edith Kramer Legacy and Decolonizing Art Therapy: Social Justice & New Paradigms of Care Plenaries.

4. Tribute to Don Jones with Art is Life is Art  by Bruce Moon- Earlier in 2015, the art therapy community mourned the passing of Buckeye Art Therapy Association Founder and all around amazing art therapy pioneer Don Jones.  During the AATA conference there were special moments to celebrate Don’s life and important contributions to the field, which also included being one of AATA’s co-founders and early President.  Highlights from Art is Life is Art reviewing Don’s life was a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to Don’s spirit, life, and work among a community of friends & colleagues who miss and cherish him so much!

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

5. Mary Tyler Moore Statue- An offsite break to Minneapolis’ Mary Tyler Moore Statue was a must go to site after a day of conference attending- only a few blocks away.

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

6. #AATA2015 photos with friends & colleagues and following conference live tweeting and activity on social media.

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

7. Standing room only @ our paper making panel about trauma & transformation and work with Peace Paper- Many thanks to everyone who was able to attend and to my panel colleagues! It was great to share our experiences and the therapeutic uses of paper making as part of the conference program– and see all the interest in this process! Thank you to Drew & Margaret who gifted us with hundreds of sheets of limited edition handmade paper especially made for conference attendees to take home with them.

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

Top 10 Memorable Minnesota Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

Top 10 Memorable Minnesota Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

8. Creative Deed 365 Minneapolis– I’ll be sharing more soon about this artful event as part of my monthly posting about this 365 project, but this was definitely a fun part of my conference experience this year— leaving creative deeds, receiving creative deeds, and seeing the discovery of creative deeds by other attendees. :)

9. Arts & Crafts Marketplace– The Marketplace was packed full of wonderful handmade goods and art by art therapists available for purchase!  I scored much creative goodness with buying a series of Lani Gerity’s morning pages (yay!):

Top 10 Memorable Minnesota Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

10. Time to Refresh & Renew-  Spending time in presentations, making art, meeting up with friends & colleagues, as well as making new connections and taking in all things art therapy was great to be around on many levels.  All the collective work and service that continues to be done on behalf of art therapy is inspiring to take in and be a part of.

In wrapping up this post, I’ll leave with this Edith Kramer quote and featured in her legacy plenary session:

“Making art is my destiny- art therapy is my beloved profession.”


Summertime Creative Happenings & Goings On

May 26, 2015

Summer is starting to kick off and so is some creative fun and art therapy happenings coming soon:

Creativity In Motion | twenty15 on the go

July 1: 6 Degrees of Creativity’s 2015 virtual workshops open!  Yay!

Imagination Unearthed: Hidden Creativity Scavenger Hunt | creativity in motion

6 Degrees of Creativity

As part of this year’s offerings, I am excited to launch a new workshop dedicated to discovering the hidden creativity around us.  My curiosity around this topic was first sparked by this recent post and something I thought would be a fun endeavor to embark on together as we search for uncommon or unknown ways, forms, and different examples of how creativity can present itself.  I am also looking forward to the offerings that art therapy colleagues Sheila Lorenzo, Rachel Mims, and Heather Randazzo will be inviting participants to engage in as well, which include workshop topics on self-care through art & nature, recycled art & mail art fun, and yoga & art.

Summertime Happenings and Goings On | creativity in motion

Social Media & Art Therapy

July 9-11- American Art Therapy Association Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota: I will be involved with three offerings during this year’s AATA Conference:

  • The Digital Landscape of Social Media: Thursday, July 9, 1:30-2:30 pm: I will be leading this focus group to stimulate dialogue and discussion about social networking’s important role in building community
    and creating connection for art therapists worldwide.
  • Art, Transformation, and Trauma: Papermaking as Art Therapy: Friday, July 10, 10:15-11:45 am: I will be moderating this panel featuring the work of  art therapists who use papermaking inspired by the social action and art-based mission of the Peace Paper Project. Panelists include Meredith McMakin, Rachel Mims, Amy Bucciarelli, Genevieve Camp, and Janice Havlena. Content will include papermaking as a form of trauma intervention, including vignettes addressing eating disorder recovery, managing illness and disability, grief and loss, and working with veterans.
  • Ethics of Identity in Digital Culture & Art Therapy: Saturday, July 11, 10:15-11:45 am: I will be contributing to this panel with art therapists Megan Campbell, Moriah Lancaster-Laird, and Natalie Carlton about topics connected to digital technologies and ethical considerations for the art therapy profession.

I am also looking forward to bringing Creative Deed 365 to Minneapolis and invite you to consider joining us if you will be attending the conference!

July 24- ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County Trauma Collaborative: I’ve been invited to present on Art Therapy & Trauma Intervention to members and agencies who attend this quarterly meeting.

Stay tuned for other updates and art from Creative Deed 365 and the Random Acts of Art Adventure, in upcoming summer posts as these creative pursuits carry on!  And I hope to be able to share some of the wonderful work in the spirit of my Creative Covenants workshop happening over at Hali Karla Arts’ Spectrum too. And, right around the corner….Daisy Yellow’s ICAD 2015 begins June 1 – Wondering if I should combine my creative deed making with daily index card creating for this fun annual event? Hmmm…. more on this in my next post!

Summertime creativity is definitely in the air!


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Creative Deed 365 Minneapolis

May 9, 2015

Coming this summer…. Creative Deed 365 Minneapolis!

Creative Deed 365 Minneapolis | creativity in motion

This summer, the national art therapy conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota July 8-12.  I’ll be attending and also presenting, as well as keeping up with my creative daily practice of leaving creative deeds for others to find while away.  I thought it would be fun to see if other art therapists and art therapy students also planning to attend this year’s conference would be interested in leaving their own creative deeds and creative goodness throughout the event during these five days.  Wanna join in?

If you’re going to the conference this year, it’s easy to participate either as a Creative Deeder or Creative Deed Finder:

  • Creative Deeder: If you are interested in making and leaving Creative Deed Art, just make one for everyday of the conference and leave one each day in a random place onsite at the conference for another attendee or hotel visitor to discover. Creative Deed Art includes inspiring and encouraging handmade pieces of creative expression, infused with messages of kindness, hope, and positivity left behind for unsuspecting others.  Throughout this year in the Creative Deed Facebook Group, members often create artist trading card or index card size art, but there’s really no particular form or size.  I’ve been making my daily pieces of art with half size index cards, playing cards, and handmade paper cut to 3 x 2.5 inches to keep my practice manageable, both in the making and releasing. I also include a simple label on the back of each card that explains the intention of the project and what was just found.
  • Creative Deed Finder:  If you find a creative deed while in attendance at the conference, use social media to let everyone participating in the project about your creative find using the hashtags #found #creativedeed365 #minneapolis.  Let’s keep the energy going virtually!

I hope you’ll make plans to join in on this creative fun this summer- as a Creative Deeder, Finder, or maybe both!  Imagine the creative goodness and energy that could be made, shared, and received during this week! :)

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at

Social Media & Creative Motivation

April 9, 2015

Social Media & Creative Motivation | creativity in motion

This week I stumbled upon this 2012 Brainzooming post, 61 Online and Social Media Resources for Motivating People to Create.  Mike Brown’s content inspired me to take stock on my own relationship with social media, creative motivation, and to reflect more about leveraging online and social media resources for inspiration, connection, community, and more.

How does social media inspire/motivate my creativity and interests to create/make things/do creative stuff in my daily life, relationships, work, and play? 

Here are my Top Takeaways from Brown’s amazing list that I really resonate with and how each one has encouraged my own creative practice:

  • #1, #2, #19, #22, #38- Finding Connection, Community, & Support– This probably is my top reason I enjoy social media… Social media has the power to bring artists (and art therapy of course!) together, create connection, decrease isolation, etc…..on so many levels.
  • #35- Learning Artistic Skills– Whether it’s a how-to video tutorial on YouTube, a new art technique to try out from Pinterest, or engaging in an online art workshop, there are soooo many social media tools & resources to build your creative skills as a beginner or seasoned artist!
  • #41, #43Exploring Creative Environments and Adapting your Environment to Better Foster Creativity– Online projects such as The Altered Page’s Living with Art, Spaces & Places: Where We Create, and even this blog post I recently contributed for the National Institute for Loss in Children, all explore and provide new ideas and a peek into the creative intersection of our life/studio/work surroundings for inspiration, daily practice, or self-care.
  • #6, #7- Engaging in Online Exchanges & Creative Adventures– One of the many things I enjoy about the online world is being able to engage in art exchanges and creative experiences that originate through social media.  It’s amazing fun whether it is a mail art endeavor or working virtually together on a common project.
  • #9, #20 #21- Following Creative People– I find Twitter a dynamic place to easily follow people, trending topics, organizations, and news about all things creative that I enjoy, whether this be the visual arts, film, writing, crafting, technology, art therapy, and more. Twitter has connected and introduced me to some amazingly creative individuals and projects!
  • #26, #60, #61- Learning New Tools to Express Creativity– Social media and technology online is constantly evolving with new apps and creative tools to use. Over the years (and now!) I’ve enjoyed experimenting with and using free programs such as Wordle, Tagxedo, Kooleido, Animoto, Polyvore, and so many more to create, share, and play with. Recently I enjoyed trying out the online program ArtPad, a virtual canvas painting program with a small group of art therapists I virtually meet up with to try out different computer based ideas. I enjoyed thinking about the creative possibilities inspired by the application’s features to not only make art, but invite others to participate too!
  • #17- Sharing Creative Work Online– While Facebook is definitely an active social media site to share art and artsy happenings online with friends, family, & colleagues, I really enjoy how Instagram has become a wonderful online source to follow artist work, activity, and captures.  Whether it is a work in progress, final piece, snapshot of someone’s work space, studio, or tools of the trade- it is a visual delight to simply see (without all the Facebook distractions) when I tap into my newsfeed there.
  • #7, #15- Enjoying Global Creative Experiences with Others– It’s awesome to bring people together from all over the world to work on or be a part of a common creative project or initiative through social media.  I love this and the creative friends I’ve made around the globe through our love of art, making stuff, and encouraging our artsy selves!
  • #5- Allowing Yourself to be Pointed to Creative Places Online Based on Others’ Social Media Links– Yes! Take in and enjoy Artful Link Love!

There are also some ideas from Brown’s list that I would like to try or do more of:

  • #45- Organize a “Creativity Orientated” Music List to Listen To— I often listen to a variety of Pandora stations or Spotify when creating, but it would be neat to organize a playlist dedicated to “creating time”.
  • #46, #52- Share Examples of Overlooked Creativity in Your World (and being more open to wonder, play)–  There’s always room to play and wonder more– on and off line!   I also think taking a mindful look at how creativity surfaces around you in different ways would be an interesting adventure and discovery to embark on!

What about you….How do you use or would like to use social media to motivate your creativity?


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Springtime Creative Happenings & Goings On

March 13, 2015
Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring. ~Terri Guillemets

Creative Deed 72/365:: “Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring.” ~Terri Guillemets

Hooray!  Springtime is just around the corner— After this cold, cold winter I can’t wait for warmer weather, fresh spring air, more sunshine, and longer & longer days full of light…. Bring it on!

I wanted to share some of the springtime creative happenings & goings on I’m excited to be a part of over the next few months…as well as offer a First Day of Spring Giveaway to readers of this blog!

Human Trafficking in Art | creativity in motionUntil April 25-  Human Trafficking in Art, an art exhibit at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River, Ohio features art created at the Renee Jones Empowerment Center with survivor’s of human trafficking and at-risk teens I’ve been working with involved in the Center’s Project Red Cord.  You can also read more about the exhibit here.  On April 19, I’ll be speaking at WSUU’s Morning Forum to talk about the benefits of trauma intervention through art therapy to help trafficking survivors.

April 2-  Strengthening Emotional Resilience through Art Journaling Workshop with The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County Staff as part of their Employee Wellness Program. This offering of art-making and creative expression will focus on creating a small, mobile art journal that can serve as a tangible reminder of emotional resilience, support and the importance of self-care for the work providers do in service & care of others.

April 18- As part of the Cleveland Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) Spring ConfereSpringtime Creative Happenings & Goings On | creativity in motionnce, “Creating a Peaceful Environment in a High Stressed World”, I will be facilitating the afternoon breakout session, Peace Begins with Me: Creating Peacemakers through Creativity.  This session will introduce strategies important to facilitating group work that focus on peacemaking themes with children who have been exposed to domestic violence, bullying, and relational aggression. Content presented will help participants gain a trauma informed understanding about how these strategies and interventions promote safety, emotional expression, and coping.  Registration is now open here.

OpeniSpectrum2015ng May 1: As I announced earlier in the year, I’ve been invited to participate as part of this year’s Spectrum Teaching Collective with 25 other artists and creative offerings dedicated to celebrating your Mind~Body~Spirit~Nature through art…. and I can’t wait! I am looking forward to introducing my new workshop, Creative Covenants to explore the values that are core to the way you create, practice, and live as a creative and artful being and meeting everyone coming together in this community!  Learn more about Spectrum here.

Random Acts of Art Adventure- Spring 2015:  This 6 Degrees of Creativity Project and canvas pouch filled with art making stuff & traveling all over the world just wrapped up its tour in Australia!  Next stop on its creative travel itinerary is New Zealand and then the adventure will be returning back to the states later this spring for its final 12 destinations!  Yay!

Creative Deed 365:  The beginnings of this year’s 365 Project definitely has helped bring some fun & more creative goodness to my (and hopefully others!) winter landscape, but I am realllly looking forward to leaving my creative deeds out & about without having to wear gloves and in more outside locations!  :)  You’re invited to spring it forward with creating it forward by joining us in the Creative Deed 365 Group on Facebook to contribute your own art in the spirit of this project.

And…A Special Springtime Giveaway: To celebrate spring approaching, I am doing a give-away for a complimentary registration to this year’s Spectrum with free access to all the workshop offerings:  25 contributors, 26+ workshop invitations, 6 months multi-media online community starting May 1 and running to the end of the year. To enter this special giveaway, please leave a comment below with what you love about spring!  From these responses, I’ll put everyone’s names into one big collection & randomly pull one winner to announce on the first day of spring.  Be sure to enter by Thursday, March 19 at 12noon (EST) to participate!  I will directly contact the winner with the e-mail associated with your comment posting profile. Good luck!

Enjoy the beginnings of this new season…..!


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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 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!


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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Social Media’s Role in Cultivating Art Therapy Connection, Community, & Creativity

July 26, 2014

Earlier this month at the national art therapy conference in San Antonio, I was able to spend time dialoguing in a focus group I led about one of my favorite topics: the role of social media in creating connection, community, and sustaining creativity.

Social Media’s Role in Cultivating Art Therapy Connection, Community, & Creativity | creativity in motion

This group time was a very nice opportunity to talk with art therapists and art therapy students about how they use social media, what interests & challenges them, as well as the different ways social media can be used within the art therapy community for networking, collaborating, art-making, and inspire one another.

In comparison to a focus group I led on this same topic at the national conference 5 years ago (2009), the awareness and use of social media seemed to be a lot more integrated into our regular professional interactions and activity.  This included, but was not limited to: connecting with other art therapists, inspiring & supporting our own creative process with art-making, taking to the social media air waves to promote what we are passionate about in art therapy (through blogging, creating Facebook pages, using hashtags, QR codes) and keeping updated on worldwide happenings and news in the art therapy community.  The increasing use of smartphones, tablets, and apps (vs. 2009) to access social media in mobile form definitely has contributed to this day to day practice.

Challenges voiced included understanding how to leverage the most out of different social media sites, having a mindful awareness of ones personal vs. professional life online, and keeping up with the constant changes, new developments, and activity in the world of social media.

Check out this SlideShare inspired by this focus group’s topic:

This was a great time to gather together about this topic off the grid!  Thank you to everyone who attended! It is inspiring to learn more about how we as art therapists continue to use social media to strengthen our professional connections, enhance the relationship with our creativity, & create online opportunities for supporting our work, interests, & practice.


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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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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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