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Arts and Healing Podcast

Arts and Healing Network

The Arts & Healing Podcast, a project of the Arts & Healing Network, includes over 35 interviews with artists and innovators who are using creativity for healing, transformation and social change. Although the Arts & Healing Network closed in 2015, the podcast remains online as a source of inspiration about the transformational power of creativity.

Episodes

The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie Siegel
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The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie Siegel

Dr. Bernie Siegel is the author of The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing. Bernie retired from general and pediatric surgical practice in 1989, and has since dedicated himself to humanizing the medical establishment's approach to patients, and to empowering patients to induce their own healing.

After studying the use of crayon drawings by patients faceing life-threatening diseases, Bernie founded Exceptional Cancer Patients to facilitate self-induced healings. Bernie realized that we can aid our bodies' innate propensity to heal through what are currently seen as uncoventional practices, including drawing, visualization, dreams, love, and laughter.

You can learn more about Bernie's work and his books at berniesiegelmd.com and follow him on Twitter at @BernieSiegelMD.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Pat Schneider
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Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Pat Schneider

Pat Schneider is the author of How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice. She is the author of ten books including five volumes of poems, Writing Alone & With Others, and Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography. Her libretti have been performed and recorded at Tangelwood and in Carnegie Hall by Robert Shaw & the Atlanta Symphony. Her work has been featured on NPR, National Public Television, and fourteen times on Garrison Keilor's "Writers Almanac." Pat is the founder and director emerita of Amherst Writers and Artists and AWA Press. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Pacific School of Religion in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. You can learn more about Pat and her work at www.patschneider.com.

Crafting Calm: Interview with Maggie Oman Shannon
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Crafting Calm: Interview with Maggie Oman Shannon

Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and lifelong crafter whose passion is exploring the relationship between creativity and spirituality. Her newest book is Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation.

A former magazine editor and creativity coach, she is the the author of five previous books, including Prayers for Healing. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and young daughter (who also loves to craft), and currently serves at the Spiritual Director of Unity Spritual Center of San Francisco.

You can connect with Maggie on her website www.maggieomanshannon.com, Facebook and Pinterest.

Art Break Day Co-Founder and Transformative Artist, Lisa Rasmussen
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Art Break Day Co-Founder and Transformative Artist, Lisa Rasmussen

Lisa Rasmussen is a transformative artist, educator, curator, and art advocate who truly believes and embodies the notion that art can change and heal the world. Lisa is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Art is Moving, and the 3rd Annual Art Break Day. Art Break Day is a communty art-reach event that offers thousands of people the means and space to connect with their community via the art-making process. She is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Art 4 All People and AY Atelier Art, an international sanctuary for arts and consciousness in Malibu, and in virtual reality.

In March 2013, Lisa was awarded Alumni of the Year from JFK University for her deep service to the Arts and Consciousness profession, and community. Additionally, Lisa pioneered an award-winning expressive art program for emotionally traumatized and abused youth, and developed a professional art gallery for the residents of Lincoln Child Center, a mental health faciity in Oakland, CA.  She has also taught intuitive and expressive art to elders, at-risk teens, and has been an art coach for adults. In 2008, she was awarded Graduate Student of the Year from JFK University's Holistic Studies Program for her transformative work with the children at Lincoln Child Center, and for her MFA graduate solo exhibition. 

Lisa is a professional artist, and her paintings are her spiritual practice. Her current work is being exhibited in various galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco. You can connect with Lisa at www.artismovingnow.com, www.art4allpeople.com, and www.ayatelierart.com.

Moccasins and Microphones: Timothy McLaughlin, Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program
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Moccasins and Microphones: Timothy McLaughlin, Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program

Timothy McLaughlin is a poet, teacher and the founder of the Spoken Word Program at the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS). This program empowers students to create original poetry – which incorporates Native languages and philosophies – and then perform that poetry for diverse audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. He and his students have received numerous awards and have been featured on many radio and television programs. You can learn more about the SFIS Spoken Word Program at www.sfisspokenword.org.Originally from Washington DC, Timothy has been teaching in Native communities since 1997. He was named the University of Virginia Madison House Alumni of the Year in 2007 for his dedication to service work. Timothy has also produced the poetry CD, Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling Through Performance Poetry, and is the editor of the book Walking on the Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School (Abrams Books 2012). His writing has appeared in several publications, including The Declaration and Radical Grace

Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project: Interview with Elana Haviv
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Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project: Interview with Elana Haviv

Elana Haviv is the Founder and Executive Director of the Children's Movement for Creative Education (CMCE). Elana is an education and human rights specialist. Through her flagship organization, CMCE, she has created academic and artistic programs to guide childrena and youth to understand and overcome the effects of violent world events on themselves and their communities, and to become global citizens. She designed The Telling History Project: Understanding the Past to Create the Future, a curriculum to teach students about human rights. After 9/11, Elana spearheaded the development and implementation of the art-based CMCE 9/11 Trauma Relief Project in New York City schools. She also continued to create art-based healing programs in post-war Bosnia. More recently, in response to Hurricane Sandy, Elana founded the Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project which was recently featured in The Huffington Post article, Art Heals Heartache for Sandy Kids. You can learn more about CMCE on their website, childrensmovement.org.

EngAGE and The Art of Aging: An Interview with Tim Carpenter
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EngAGE and The Art of Aging: An Interview with Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter is the founder of EngAGE, a nonprofit that changes aging, and the way people think about aging, by transforming senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors living in Southern California.

Tim also catalyzed the creation of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a first-of-its-kind senior apartment community with high-end arts amenities and programs. The NOHO Senior Arts Colony and the Long Beach Senior Arts Colony will open in 2012.

In 2008, Tim was elected an Ashoka Fellow for being one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world. In 2011, he received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.  He also serves on the board of the National Center for Creative Aging, and is the host and producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show.

Creating Time with Marney Makridakis
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Creating Time with Marney Makridakis

Marney Makridakisis the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds, and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach for self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at artellaland.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/CreatingTime.

Lori Portka's 100 Thank Yous: A Gratitude Painting Project
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Lori Portka's 100 Thank Yous: A Gratitude Painting Project

Lori Portka is an art creator and love radiator. Her artwork is made with an open heart carrying the intention to spread love and healing.  Lori's designs appear on greeting cards, prints, calendars and magazines internationally, and reach other sweet souls who connect with her genuine and compassionate spirit.  You can learn more about Lori and her A Hundred Thank Yous project on her website, loriportka.com, and follow her on Twitter at @loriportka.

Reminder: The nomination deadline for the Arts and Healing Network Award is May 15th. For more information, go to:www.artheals.org/projects/ahn_award.html

Desire to Inspire: Interview with Christine Mason Miller
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Desire to Inspire: Interview with Christine Mason Miller

Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Monica based writer and artist who has been creating, writing and exploring since she was a little girl.  Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for all of her creative work.  The desire to encourage others to pursue their passions and create a meaningful life is the common thread throughout an expansive body of work that includes mixed media collage, commercial illustration, photography, writing, teaching and speaking.  Her latest book is Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World. You can learn more about Christine and her work on her website, christinemasonmiller.com, and connect with her on Twitter at @swirlygirl18.

South African Muralist and Artist, Ricky Lee Gordon
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South African Muralist and Artist, Ricky Lee Gordon

"I believe color creates energy, and I believe energy creates inspiration, and then I think inspiration creates the change.  If you can create color, which murals do, then you're making a massive impact." ~ Ricky Lee Gordon

Ricky Lee Gordon is a South African muralist and artist who goes by the name of Freddy Sam.  He is the founder of three initiatives.  The first is Write on Africa, a community art and inspiration project that creates murals and workshops in poor communities to uplift and inspire social change.  Their philosophy is, "Inspire ourselves to inspire others to inspire change."  The second project he founded and directs is A Word of Art, which includes an art space, art projects, and an international art residency program dedicated to celebrating new art and emerging young artists. The third is the Woodstock Industrial Center, a derelict industrial building in the heart of Woodstock, a suburb of Cape Town, where together with a willing landlord he has now brought in over 75 creative tenants. The building now has a coffee shop, skate park and bookshop, and hosts talks, exhibitions, movie nights, dinners and drawing evenings.

Ricky Lee is one of three recipients of the 2011 AHN Awards.  The Arts and Healing Network is so impressed by his incredible creative vision and use of art to revitalize and transform his neighborhood of Woodstock.

To learn more about Ricky Lee's work, please visit his websites at www.writeonafrica.org and www.freddysam.com. You can also read an interview by Arts and Healing Network Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, with Ricky Lee on the Arts and Healing Network.

Raw Art Journaling with Quinn McDonald
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Raw Art Journaling with Quinn McDonald

Quinn McDonald is the author of Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art.  Quinn is a business and creativity coach.  She writes the "Business of Art" column for Somerset Studio magazine, and "The Raw Edge" coaching column for Art Quilting Studio.  She's also a regular contributor to Create Mixed Media, F&W Media's art blog.  Quinn uses coaching to help people find, or develop their careers, and to incorporate creativity in their lives.  She believes that communicating is also an art form.You can learn more about Quinn on her website, quinncreative.com, her blog, quinncreative.wordpress.com, Facebook, facebook.com/quinn.mcdonald, and Twitter @quinncreative.

Art Saves: Interview with Jenny Doh
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Art Saves: Interview with Jenny Doh

Jenny Doh is the author of Art Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art.  Jenny is the Founder and President of CRESCENDOh, a company that inspires creative passion, authentic community, and focused compassion.  CRESCENDOh also works with publishers to create books about art, crafting, and inspiration.  In addition to Art Saves, she also authored Creative Pilgrimage, Signature Styles, and co-authored Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration In the Studio and Behind the Scenes with Extraordinary Women.  Prior to CRESCENDOh, she worked for six years as Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio Magazine.  You can learn more about Jenny and her work at CRESCENDOh.com and follow her on Twitter at @crescendoh and @jennydoh.

Healing with Photography: Interview with Susannah Conway
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Healing with Photography: Interview with Susannah Conway

Susannah Conway is a photographer, writer and the creator of the Unravelling e-courses. A Polaroid addict and very proud aunt, she is currently editing her first book, This I Know: Notes on Unravelling the Heart, which will be available in spring of 2012. You can read more about Susannah and her shenanigans on her blog at www.susannahconway.com and connect with her on Twitter at @photobird

Saved by a Poem: Interview with Kim Rosen
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Saved by a Poem: Interview with Kim Rosen

"When the inner and the outer are wedded, revelation occurs." - Hildegard of Bingen

Kim Rosen is the author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words.  Combining her devotion to poetry with her background as a spiritual teacher and therapist, Kim has touched listeners around the world with poetry's power to awaken, inspire, and heal.  She gives poetry concerts, lectures, and workshops in the U.S. and abroad.  You can learn more about her work at kimrosen.net.  You can also connect with her on the Saved by a Poem Facebook Page, and on Twitter at @savedbyapoem.

Some of the poems, poets, and books Kim mentions during the interview are:

  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath
  • David Whyte
  • Mary Oliver
  • Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
  • "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou
  • "Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye

Inner Excavation with Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media: Interview with Liz Lamoreux
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Inner Excavation with Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media: Interview with Liz Lamoreux

Liz Lamoreux believes in the importance of unearthing our stories so that we can see where we stand on our paths and where we want to go. She is currently sharing this inward journey through her new book, Inner Excavations: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media, the Be Present Retreats, and the stories she shares in her Etsy store, The Little Room. She lives in a little house in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, daughter Ellie Jane, and a golden retriever named Millie. In this interview by Britt Bravo, Liz speaks about the healing possibilities in art making, writing, group process and the importance of being present. 

You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Be the Star You Are: Interview with Jamie Ridler
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Be the Star You Are: Interview with Jamie Ridler

Jamie Ridler is a professional creative self-development coach who is passionate about authentic living and creativity.  She is a certified coach who has a certificate in the Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy from ISIS in Toronto.  She also completed training in Body-Centered Coaching with Marlena Field, has a Blue Belt in Nia, and has an M.A. in Drama from the Drama Centre of the University of Toronto.

You can found out more about Jamie at http://jamieridlerstudios.ca, and be sure to check out her fabulous podcast, Creative Living with Jamie. You can follow her on Twitter at @starshyne.You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Greenmuseum.org, Giftivism & Generosity: Interview with Sam Bower & Anne Veh
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Greenmuseum.org, Giftivism & Generosity: Interview with Sam Bower & Anne Veh

November is Art Every Day Month: Founder, Leah Piken Kolidas
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November is Art Every Day Month: Founder, Leah Piken Kolidas

Leah Piken Kolidas is a mixed-media artist and creativity guide living near Boston, MA with her husband and their four fuzzy cats.  She loves sipping hot chocolate, wearing silly socks, and everything turquoise.  Leah blogs about creativity and art at CreativeEveryDay.com, where she also leads Art Every Day Month (every November) and the year-long Creative Every Day Challenge. You can view more of her art at BlueTreeArtGallery.com and follow her on Twitter at leah_art.

You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang: Transforming Plastic Trash into Art
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Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang: Transforming Plastic Trash into Art

For over ten years, artists Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting trash together on Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California, and turning it into playful and powerful works of art that raise awareness about ocean pollution.  The plastic they collect has become everything from sculptural wall art to digital prints, a wedding dress, jewelry, a mobile car sculpture, and more.  Ultimately, their work combines fun and passionate obsession with a thoughtful message about ocean pollution, recycling and creative re-use.

In June 2010, the Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, interviewed them at their home and studio in Forest Knolls, CA about art, passion, collaboration, collecting, the importance of place, and the tragedy of plastic polluting our oceans. Judith and Richard were also one of the 2009 recipients of the AHN Award.

You can learn more about their work at beachplastic.com, and read anecdotes about their plastic collecting and artmaking on their blog, Plastic Forever.

If you are interested in learning more about the problem of plastic pollution and how to be part of the solution, Judith and Richard offer the following resources:

- Beth Terry at Fake Plastic Fish shares helpful tips for living plastic free.

- Dr. Hideshige Takada of International Pellet Watch is tracking nurdles, and could use your help with his research.

- Plastic Pollution Coalition is an organization committed to stopping plastic pollution.

- Project Kaisai is a nonprofit seeking to understand the scale of marine pollution.

Making Magic and Art at Creativity Explored: Interview with Amy Taub
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Making Magic and Art at Creativity Explored: Interview with Amy Taub

Amy Taub is the Executive Director of Creativity Explored, a nonprofit arts center in San Francisco, CA where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art.  The studio artists work at one of the two San Francisco studios, which are staffed by over 20 professional artists who act as teachers and guides.  Artworks created by the studio artists are sold through the Creativity Explored Gallery, and also in their online store.  The studio artists receive 50% of all proceeds. The rest is used to support Creativity Explored.

To learn more about Creativity Explored, go to www.creativityexplored.org.

Rituals for Life Milestones: An Interview with Sandra Hobson
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Rituals for Life Milestones: An Interview with Sandra Hobson

Sandra Hobson is a counselor and consultant to individuals and organizations who are interested in using art and indigenous wisdom for personal, community and environmental healing.  She has been an advisor to the Arts and Healing Network since its beginning in the mid-90's.

A world-traveler, Sandra has studied with shamans and native healers from diverse cultures including Peru, Nepal, Ecuador, Mongolia, and more. She carries that wisdom into her counseling practice and into her recently published book, Rituals for Life's Milestones, which includes 15 rituals that anyone could use to create deeper connection and meaning in one's life.

You can learn more about her book at charleshobson.com/books/rituals.html.

The Artist's Way Every Day: A Chat with author, Julia Cameron
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The Artist's Way Every Day: A Chat with author, Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of 32 books, fiction and nonfiction, including her bestselling works on the creative process: The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, Finding Water, and The Writing Diet. A novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television.

Her newest book is The Artist's Way Every: A Year of Creative Living. You can find out more about Julia's work, book, and upcoming workshops at www.theartistsway.com.

Tips for Sharing Your Art with the World: An Interview with Alyson B Stanfield, Artbizcoach.com
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Tips for Sharing Your Art with the World: An Interview with Alyson B Stanfield, Artbizcoach.com

As the founder of ArtBizCoach.com, Alyson B. Stanfield helps teach thousands of artists around the world how to promote their art more effectively and make a better living. She is the author of I'd Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist"s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion and the popular Art Biz Blog.  Alyson is a regular contributor to Art Calendar magazine and has given workshops and keynote addresses in 20 states.

The Arts and Healing Network is delighted to share Alyson's sage advice.  We get many queries about how to support oneself as an artist and we hope that this podcast will answer some of those questions.

Included in this podcast are the "Four Steps for Selling Your Art," which has been a classic way for artists to make a living.  These steps, however are broad enough to be of value to those who are doing non-commercial art as well. 

One of the steps is good communication, and Alyson offers great guidelines and tips for sending e-newsletters and using online tools like Facebook to connect with your audience.  May this information inspire you to share your work more fully with the world.

Creativity Coaching and Expressive Arts Painting: An Interview with Chris Zydel
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Creativity Coaching and Expressive Arts Painting: An Interview with Chris Zydel

Chris Zydel is a self-described "professional believer-in-the-gifts-of-others." She is a creativity coach who teaches expressive arts painting classes out of a wonderful Victorian home in Oakland, CA. As Chris says, "Regularly diving into your creative pool renews your soul, heals your spirit, keeps your inner spark alive and allows you greater intimacy with the full depths of your being. And it's fun!"  Chris has helped countless people over many years discover and deepen their connection to the creative process. On May 12, 2009, The Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, interviewed Chris about her creative journey, the important teachers on her path, the benefits of taking time to retreat, transformational stories from participants in her workshops, and advice for diving more deeply into one's creative work. You can learn more about Chris Zydel on her web site at www.creativejuicesarts.com.

Arts Rising: An Interview with Christopher Ellinger of the Zing Foundation
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Arts Rising: An Interview with Christopher Ellinger of the Zing Foundation

Christopher Ellinger is a multi-talented individual who bridges the worlds of healing arts and philanthropy. Together with his wife Anne, he founded the Zing Foundation which helps generate funding for creative projects that emphasize healing and transformation. Christopher and Anne are also co-directors of True Story Theater, an improvisational performance company that builds community by "playing back" the true life experiences told by members of the audience. On March 24, 2009, Christopher talked with Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, about his latest project, Arts Rising, which aims, "to increase funding for arts and social change by engaging new and existing donors using the funding circle model and educational programming."

Jen Cross: Writing Ourselves Whole
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Jen Cross: Writing Ourselves Whole

Interview from November 26, 2008 with Jen Cross, a freelance writer and facilitator of writing workshops for survivors of sexual abuse, and of erotic writing workshops.   Our conversation begins with Jen describing what happens during a Writing Ourselves Whole Workshop.Check out the Writing Ourselves Whole blog where Jen has written out longer answers to the questions we covered, and some we didn’t get to include.

Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: An Interview with Wendy Johnson
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Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: An Interview with Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is the author of Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World.

You can find out more about Wendy, her book and where she'll be speaking next at www.gardeningatthedragonsgate.com

Ecological Art and Activism: An Interview with Aviva Rahmani
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Ecological Art and Activism: An Interview with Aviva Rahmani

Ecological artist Aviva Rahmani’s current work reflects her interest in the application of mapping analysis to, "explore potential solutions for urban and rural water degradation in large landscapes." She is currently using the Internet to perform residencies, "without the international travel that spews jet fuel over the earth's waters." Virtual Cities and Oceans of If, and the on-going Virtual Concerts address global warming and geo-political conflicts by demonstrating, analyzing and interpreting the local impact of global warming at international real world sites.You can learn more about Rahmani's work at www.ghostnets.com.

Creativity, Dreams & Spirituality: An Interview with Rev. Tristy Taylor
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Creativity, Dreams & Spirituality: An Interview with Rev. Tristy Taylor

In addition to her work as the Arts and Healing Network’s Web Site Coordinator, Reverend Tristy Taylor also works with individuals and groups using dreamwork, art-making, coaching, spiritual direction and meditation.  She holds a Masters degree from the Arts & Consciousness program at John F. Kennedy University, and was ordained in January 2005 after studying at The Chaplaincy Institute for Art and Interfaith Ministry. Reverend Taylor is also the co-Founder of the Church of Craft.You can find out more about Reverend Taylor's work by going to trismegista.com and reading her blog, Create with Spirit

Sing Your Part: An Interview with Rachel Bagby
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Sing Your Part: An Interview with Rachel Bagby

Since 1985, Rachel Bagby has pioneered vibralingual practices that help people form vocal communities for ecological and social healing.  A vocal artist, writer, composer, teacher and founder of Choral Earth, Rachel is internationally recognized for inspiring multiple generations to bring their voices to life.The Arts & Healing Network is very pleased to announce that Rachel is  also the 2008 recipient of the AHN Award which is given annually to an  artist who is truly making a difference in the world. Rachel's most recent project, Choral Earth, is an outstanding example of the power of art to catalyze community and heal the earth.This podcast features a conversation between Rachel and Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network.  To learn more about Rachel’s work, visit www.SingYourPart.comPhoto Credit: Irene Young 

Making Environmental and Public Art: An Interview with Susan Leibovitz Steinman
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Making Environmental and Public Art: An Interview with Susan Leibovitz Steinman

Susan Leibovitz Steinman salvages materials directly from community waste streams to construct public art installations that connect common daily experiences to broader social issues. Projects include conceptual sculpture gardens that meld art, ecology and community action.She also co-founded the Women Environmental Artists Directory.You can learn more about Susan's work on her web site, steinmanstudio.com

Poetry and Healing: An Interview with John Fox of the Institute for Poetic Medicine
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Poetry and Healing: An Interview with John Fox of the Institute for Poetic Medicine

John Fox, Certified Poetry Therapist, is a poet and author of Finding What You Didn't Lose:  Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. He teaches regularly at the collegiate and post graduate level as an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, John F. Kennedy University, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the University of California, Santa Cruz and Holy Names University. His work reaches people in hospitals, churches and retreat centers.John is an international leader in the movement of poetry therapy as an expressive art and medicine. He served as president of National Association of Poetry Therapy in 2003- 2005. He received The National Association for Poetry Therapy's Distinguished Service Award in 1995 and since that time, he has served as a mentor/supervisor in the field of poetry therapy.

Interview with SARK!
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Interview with SARK!

SARK is an author, artist and teacher on the subject of creativity who was featured on the PBS series Women of Wisdom and Power. She practices what she teaches and lives in a Magic Cottage in San Francisco. She has written many books including Make Your Creative Dreams REAL, Prosperity Pie, Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed and A Creative Companion. You can visit her website at www.planetsark.com.

Interview with Sharon Siskin
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Interview with Sharon Siskin

Sharon Siskin has an extensive national exhibition record, showing her work in museums, galleries and public sites for more than 27 years. She is the recipient of awards and grants that include a Visual Arts Fellowship from the California Arts Council in 2003, the 2001 Potrero Nuevo Prize, Noetic Arts Program Community Grant, San Francisco Arts Commission Market Street Art in Transit Commission and 12 California Arts Council Artist in Residence Grants for community-based public art projects in the San Francisco Bay Area AIDS support service community and in the City of Berkeley homeless women and children services community. She was the Artist in Residence at San Francisco Recycling & Disposal, Inc. in the summer of 2004. Her artwork has been featured in numerous publications including Women Artists in the American West, edited by Susan Ressler, Lure of the Local: Sense of Place in a Multicentered Society, by Lucy Lippard, Connecting Conversations: Interviews with 28 Bay Area Women Artists, edited by Moira Roth and Site to Sight, Mapping Bay Area Visual Culture, edited by Lydia Mathiews. She is currently Assistant Professor of Drawing at the University of San Francisco and co-directs with Professor Richard Kamler Arts Outreach: The Artist as Citizen, a year-long program which seeks to embed student art practitioners into communities to collaboratively engage in community-based art. She has also taught as a member of the Core Faculty as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Department of Arts and Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University and California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco Art Institute, California State University at Hayward and the University of New Mexico as well as at several California Community Colleges. She is a recognized leader in the field of community-based public art and is the founder of Positive Art in 1988, an art project in the Bay Area AIDS community continuing to provide a model for many communities internationally. She has lectured extensively in art colleges, universities, professional conferences, galleries and museums throughout the United States.

Interviews with 10 Arts and Healing Award Winners
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Interviews with 10 Arts and Healing Award Winners

2007 marks the tenth anniversary of the Arts and Healing Network Award.  Each year the Arts and Healing Network honors a healing artist who is truly making a difference in the world with an award of $10,000. The Network offers this award as a surprise gift. There is no application. Our hope is that this award will offer the recipient inspiration and support to continue and expand their outstanding work.   To celebrate the award's anniversary, we asked each of the award winners to tell us a little bit about their work today, and why they think art is healing or a catalyst for positive change.  Some of their stories are short, some are long, but all of them are inspiring examples of the healing power of art:1998 Bill Witherspoon1999 Marilyn Wood2000 Betsy Damon2001 Bonnie Ora Sherk2002 Lily Yeh2003 Patricia Johanson2004 Bill Talen2005 Tim Lefens2006 Anna Halperin2007 Lynne HullThe Arts and Healing Podcast is a project of The Arts and Healing Network, an online resource for people interested in the healing potential of art.  You can join the Arts and Healing Network community at artheals.org and you can contact us anytime at ahn@artheals.org.

Interview with Alli Chagi-Starr of Art in Action
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Interview with Alli Chagi-Starr of Art in Action

Alli is a Co-Founder and the Development & Events Director of Art in Action, Youth Leadership Training. She conducts the dance, theater, and anti-oppression workshops at the Art in Action camps.  She is also the Art and Media Director for Reclaim the Future at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland. Alli is a co-founder of Dancers Without Borders, Another World in Possible Road Shows, and the twelve-year-old Radical Performance Fest. She also co-founded Art and Revolution, a national movement of artist and activists. She has been a presenter on radio shows, at conferences, and has taught art activism across the U.S. and Canada. Her essays have appeared in Democratizing the Global Economy, Global Uprising, Voices from the WTO, The Political Edge and How to Stop the Next War Now. Currently, Alli is working to complete her book, Movements for Mass Movements.

Interview with Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network
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Interview with Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network

Mary Daniel Hobson is the Director of the Arts and Healing Network. At the age of 14, she became captivated by photography and has been pursuing it ever since. Trained as an art historian, her work draws deep inspiration from Surrealism, in particular the work of Dora Maar. Whether creating intimate collages or bottling photographs, her mixed media photography explores inner geography and layered experience. Her work has been widely exhibited and is in collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Albuquerque Museum. She is also advisory faculty at the Arts & Consciousness Department at JFK University in Berkeley, CA, offering courses in Transformative Arts and Photography. You can see Danny's art on her web site, marydanielhobson.com

The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie Siegel
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The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie Siegel

Dr. Bernie Siegel is the author of The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing. Bernie retired from general and pediatric surgical practice in 1989, and has since dedicated himself to humanizing the medical establishment's approach to patients, and to empowering patients to induce their own healing.

After studying the use of crayon drawings by patients faceing life-threatening diseases, Bernie founded Exceptional Cancer Patients to facilitate self-induced healings. Bernie realized that we can aid our bodies' innate propensity to heal through what are currently seen as uncoventional practices, including drawing, visualization, dreams, love, and laughter.

You can learn more about Bernie's work and his books at berniesiegelmd.com and follow him on Twitter at @BernieSiegelMD.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Pat Schneider
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Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Pat Schneider

Pat Schneider is the author of How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice. She is the author of ten books including five volumes of poems, Writing Alone & With Others, and Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography. Her libretti have been performed and recorded at Tangelwood and in Carnegie Hall by Robert Shaw & the Atlanta Symphony. Her work has been featured on NPR, National Public Television, and fourteen times on Garrison Keilor's "Writers Almanac." Pat is the founder and director emerita of Amherst Writers and Artists and AWA Press. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Pacific School of Religion in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. You can learn more about Pat and her work at www.patschneider.com.

Crafting Calm: Interview with Maggie Oman Shannon
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Crafting Calm: Interview with Maggie Oman Shannon

Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and lifelong crafter whose passion is exploring the relationship between creativity and spirituality. Her newest book is Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation.

A former magazine editor and creativity coach, she is the the author of five previous books, including Prayers for Healing. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and young daughter (who also loves to craft), and currently serves at the Spiritual Director of Unity Spritual Center of San Francisco.

You can connect with Maggie on her website www.maggieomanshannon.com, Facebook and Pinterest.

Art Break Day Co-Founder and Transformative Artist, Lisa Rasmussen
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Art Break Day Co-Founder and Transformative Artist, Lisa Rasmussen

Lisa Rasmussen is a transformative artist, educator, curator, and art advocate who truly believes and embodies the notion that art can change and heal the world. Lisa is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Art is Moving, and the 3rd Annual Art Break Day. Art Break Day is a communty art-reach event that offers thousands of people the means and space to connect with their community via the art-making process. She is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Art 4 All People and AY Atelier Art, an international sanctuary for arts and consciousness in Malibu, and in virtual reality.

In March 2013, Lisa was awarded Alumni of the Year from JFK University for her deep service to the Arts and Consciousness profession, and community. Additionally, Lisa pioneered an award-winning expressive art program for emotionally traumatized and abused youth, and developed a professional art gallery for the residents of Lincoln Child Center, a mental health faciity in Oakland, CA.  She has also taught intuitive and expressive art to elders, at-risk teens, and has been an art coach for adults. In 2008, she was awarded Graduate Student of the Year from JFK University's Holistic Studies Program for her transformative work with the children at Lincoln Child Center, and for her MFA graduate solo exhibition. 

Lisa is a professional artist, and her paintings are her spiritual practice. Her current work is being exhibited in various galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco. You can connect with Lisa at www.artismovingnow.com, www.art4allpeople.com, and www.ayatelierart.com.

Moccasins and Microphones: Timothy McLaughlin, Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program
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Moccasins and Microphones: Timothy McLaughlin, Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program

Timothy McLaughlin is a poet, teacher and the founder of the Spoken Word Program at the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS). This program empowers students to create original poetry – which incorporates Native languages and philosophies – and then perform that poetry for diverse audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. He and his students have received numerous awards and have been featured on many radio and television programs. You can learn more about the SFIS Spoken Word Program at www.sfisspokenword.org.Originally from Washington DC, Timothy has been teaching in Native communities since 1997. He was named the University of Virginia Madison House Alumni of the Year in 2007 for his dedication to service work. Timothy has also produced the poetry CD, Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling Through Performance Poetry, and is the editor of the book Walking on the Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School (Abrams Books 2012). His writing has appeared in several publications, including The Declaration and Radical Grace

Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project: Interview with Elana Haviv
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Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project: Interview with Elana Haviv

Elana Haviv is the Founder and Executive Director of the Children's Movement for Creative Education (CMCE). Elana is an education and human rights specialist. Through her flagship organization, CMCE, she has created academic and artistic programs to guide childrena and youth to understand and overcome the effects of violent world events on themselves and their communities, and to become global citizens. She designed The Telling History Project: Understanding the Past to Create the Future, a curriculum to teach students about human rights. After 9/11, Elana spearheaded the development and implementation of the art-based CMCE 9/11 Trauma Relief Project in New York City schools. She also continued to create art-based healing programs in post-war Bosnia. More recently, in response to Hurricane Sandy, Elana founded the Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project which was recently featured in The Huffington Post article, Art Heals Heartache for Sandy Kids. You can learn more about CMCE on their website, childrensmovement.org.

EngAGE and The Art of Aging: An Interview with Tim Carpenter
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EngAGE and The Art of Aging: An Interview with Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter is the founder of EngAGE, a nonprofit that changes aging, and the way people think about aging, by transforming senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors living in Southern California.

Tim also catalyzed the creation of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a first-of-its-kind senior apartment community with high-end arts amenities and programs. The NOHO Senior Arts Colony and the Long Beach Senior Arts Colony will open in 2012.

In 2008, Tim was elected an Ashoka Fellow for being one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world. In 2011, he received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.  He also serves on the board of the National Center for Creative Aging, and is the host and producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show.

Creating Time with Marney Makridakis
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Creating Time with Marney Makridakis

Marney Makridakisis the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds, and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach for self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at artellaland.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/CreatingTime.

Lori Portka's 100 Thank Yous: A Gratitude Painting Project
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Lori Portka's 100 Thank Yous: A Gratitude Painting Project

Lori Portka is an art creator and love radiator. Her artwork is made with an open heart carrying the intention to spread love and healing.  Lori's designs appear on greeting cards, prints, calendars and magazines internationally, and reach other sweet souls who connect with her genuine and compassionate spirit.  You can learn more about Lori and her A Hundred Thank Yous project on her website, loriportka.com, and follow her on Twitter at @loriportka.

Reminder: The nomination deadline for the Arts and Healing Network Award is May 15th. For more information, go to:www.artheals.org/projects/ahn_award.html

Desire to Inspire: Interview with Christine Mason Miller
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Desire to Inspire: Interview with Christine Mason Miller

Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Monica based writer and artist who has been creating, writing and exploring since she was a little girl.  Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for all of her creative work.  The desire to encourage others to pursue their passions and create a meaningful life is the common thread throughout an expansive body of work that includes mixed media collage, commercial illustration, photography, writing, teaching and speaking.  Her latest book is Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World. You can learn more about Christine and her work on her website, christinemasonmiller.com, and connect with her on Twitter at @swirlygirl18.

South African Muralist and Artist, Ricky Lee Gordon
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South African Muralist and Artist, Ricky Lee Gordon

"I believe color creates energy, and I believe energy creates inspiration, and then I think inspiration creates the change.  If you can create color, which murals do, then you're making a massive impact." ~ Ricky Lee Gordon

Ricky Lee Gordon is a South African muralist and artist who goes by the name of Freddy Sam.  He is the founder of three initiatives.  The first is Write on Africa, a community art and inspiration project that creates murals and workshops in poor communities to uplift and inspire social change.  Their philosophy is, "Inspire ourselves to inspire others to inspire change."  The second project he founded and directs is A Word of Art, which includes an art space, art projects, and an international art residency program dedicated to celebrating new art and emerging young artists. The third is the Woodstock Industrial Center, a derelict industrial building in the heart of Woodstock, a suburb of Cape Town, where together with a willing landlord he has now brought in over 75 creative tenants. The building now has a coffee shop, skate park and bookshop, and hosts talks, exhibitions, movie nights, dinners and drawing evenings.

Ricky Lee is one of three recipients of the 2011 AHN Awards.  The Arts and Healing Network is so impressed by his incredible creative vision and use of art to revitalize and transform his neighborhood of Woodstock.

To learn more about Ricky Lee's work, please visit his websites at www.writeonafrica.org and www.freddysam.com. You can also read an interview by Arts and Healing Network Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, with Ricky Lee on the Arts and Healing Network.

Raw Art Journaling with Quinn McDonald
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Raw Art Journaling with Quinn McDonald

Quinn McDonald is the author of Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art.  Quinn is a business and creativity coach.  She writes the "Business of Art" column for Somerset Studio magazine, and "The Raw Edge" coaching column for Art Quilting Studio.  She's also a regular contributor to Create Mixed Media, F&W Media's art blog.  Quinn uses coaching to help people find, or develop their careers, and to incorporate creativity in their lives.  She believes that communicating is also an art form.You can learn more about Quinn on her website, quinncreative.com, her blog, quinncreative.wordpress.com, Facebook, facebook.com/quinn.mcdonald, and Twitter @quinncreative.

Art Saves: Interview with Jenny Doh
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Art Saves: Interview with Jenny Doh

Jenny Doh is the author of Art Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art.  Jenny is the Founder and President of CRESCENDOh, a company that inspires creative passion, authentic community, and focused compassion.  CRESCENDOh also works with publishers to create books about art, crafting, and inspiration.  In addition to Art Saves, she also authored Creative Pilgrimage, Signature Styles, and co-authored Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration In the Studio and Behind the Scenes with Extraordinary Women.  Prior to CRESCENDOh, she worked for six years as Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio Magazine.  You can learn more about Jenny and her work at CRESCENDOh.com and follow her on Twitter at @crescendoh and @jennydoh.

Healing with Photography: Interview with Susannah Conway
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Healing with Photography: Interview with Susannah Conway

Susannah Conway is a photographer, writer and the creator of the Unravelling e-courses. A Polaroid addict and very proud aunt, she is currently editing her first book, This I Know: Notes on Unravelling the Heart, which will be available in spring of 2012. You can read more about Susannah and her shenanigans on her blog at www.susannahconway.com and connect with her on Twitter at @photobird

Saved by a Poem: Interview with Kim Rosen
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Saved by a Poem: Interview with Kim Rosen

"When the inner and the outer are wedded, revelation occurs." - Hildegard of Bingen

Kim Rosen is the author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words.  Combining her devotion to poetry with her background as a spiritual teacher and therapist, Kim has touched listeners around the world with poetry's power to awaken, inspire, and heal.  She gives poetry concerts, lectures, and workshops in the U.S. and abroad.  You can learn more about her work at kimrosen.net.  You can also connect with her on the Saved by a Poem Facebook Page, and on Twitter at @savedbyapoem.

Some of the poems, poets, and books Kim mentions during the interview are:

  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath
  • David Whyte
  • Mary Oliver
  • Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
  • "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou
  • "Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye

Inner Excavation with Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media: Interview with Liz Lamoreux
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Inner Excavation with Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media: Interview with Liz Lamoreux

Liz Lamoreux believes in the importance of unearthing our stories so that we can see where we stand on our paths and where we want to go. She is currently sharing this inward journey through her new book, Inner Excavations: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media, the Be Present Retreats, and the stories she shares in her Etsy store, The Little Room. She lives in a little house in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, daughter Ellie Jane, and a golden retriever named Millie. In this interview by Britt Bravo, Liz speaks about the healing possibilities in art making, writing, group process and the importance of being present. 

You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Be the Star You Are: Interview with Jamie Ridler
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Be the Star You Are: Interview with Jamie Ridler

Jamie Ridler is a professional creative self-development coach who is passionate about authentic living and creativity.  She is a certified coach who has a certificate in the Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy from ISIS in Toronto.  She also completed training in Body-Centered Coaching with Marlena Field, has a Blue Belt in Nia, and has an M.A. in Drama from the Drama Centre of the University of Toronto.

You can found out more about Jamie at http://jamieridlerstudios.ca, and be sure to check out her fabulous podcast, Creative Living with Jamie. You can follow her on Twitter at @starshyne.You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Greenmuseum.org, Giftivism & Generosity: Interview with Sam Bower & Anne Veh
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Greenmuseum.org, Giftivism & Generosity: Interview with Sam Bower & Anne Veh

November is Art Every Day Month: Founder, Leah Piken Kolidas
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November is Art Every Day Month: Founder, Leah Piken Kolidas

Leah Piken Kolidas is a mixed-media artist and creativity guide living near Boston, MA with her husband and their four fuzzy cats.  She loves sipping hot chocolate, wearing silly socks, and everything turquoise.  Leah blogs about creativity and art at CreativeEveryDay.com, where she also leads Art Every Day Month (every November) and the year-long Creative Every Day Challenge. You can view more of her art at BlueTreeArtGallery.com and follow her on Twitter at leah_art.

You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang: Transforming Plastic Trash into Art
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Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang: Transforming Plastic Trash into Art

For over ten years, artists Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting trash together on Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California, and turning it into playful and powerful works of art that raise awareness about ocean pollution.  The plastic they collect has become everything from sculptural wall art to digital prints, a wedding dress, jewelry, a mobile car sculpture, and more.  Ultimately, their work combines fun and passionate obsession with a thoughtful message about ocean pollution, recycling and creative re-use.

In June 2010, the Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, interviewed them at their home and studio in Forest Knolls, CA about art, passion, collaboration, collecting, the importance of place, and the tragedy of plastic polluting our oceans. Judith and Richard were also one of the 2009 recipients of the AHN Award.

You can learn more about their work at beachplastic.com, and read anecdotes about their plastic collecting and artmaking on their blog, Plastic Forever.

If you are interested in learning more about the problem of plastic pollution and how to be part of the solution, Judith and Richard offer the following resources:

- Beth Terry at Fake Plastic Fish shares helpful tips for living plastic free.

- Dr. Hideshige Takada of International Pellet Watch is tracking nurdles, and could use your help with his research.

- Plastic Pollution Coalition is an organization committed to stopping plastic pollution.

- Project Kaisai is a nonprofit seeking to understand the scale of marine pollution.

Making Magic and Art at Creativity Explored: Interview with Amy Taub
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Making Magic and Art at Creativity Explored: Interview with Amy Taub

Amy Taub is the Executive Director of Creativity Explored, a nonprofit arts center in San Francisco, CA where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art.  The studio artists work at one of the two San Francisco studios, which are staffed by over 20 professional artists who act as teachers and guides.  Artworks created by the studio artists are sold through the Creativity Explored Gallery, and also in their online store.  The studio artists receive 50% of all proceeds. The rest is used to support Creativity Explored.

To learn more about Creativity Explored, go to www.creativityexplored.org.

Rituals for Life Milestones: An Interview with Sandra Hobson
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Rituals for Life Milestones: An Interview with Sandra Hobson

Sandra Hobson is a counselor and consultant to individuals and organizations who are interested in using art and indigenous wisdom for personal, community and environmental healing.  She has been an advisor to the Arts and Healing Network since its beginning in the mid-90's.

A world-traveler, Sandra has studied with shamans and native healers from diverse cultures including Peru, Nepal, Ecuador, Mongolia, and more. She carries that wisdom into her counseling practice and into her recently published book, Rituals for Life's Milestones, which includes 15 rituals that anyone could use to create deeper connection and meaning in one's life.

You can learn more about her book at charleshobson.com/books/rituals.html.

The Artist's Way Every Day: A Chat with author, Julia Cameron
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The Artist's Way Every Day: A Chat with author, Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of 32 books, fiction and nonfiction, including her bestselling works on the creative process: The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, Finding Water, and The Writing Diet. A novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television.

Her newest book is The Artist's Way Every: A Year of Creative Living. You can find out more about Julia's work, book, and upcoming workshops at www.theartistsway.com.

Tips for Sharing Your Art with the World: An Interview with Alyson B Stanfield, Artbizcoach.com
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Tips for Sharing Your Art with the World: An Interview with Alyson B Stanfield, Artbizcoach.com

As the founder of ArtBizCoach.com, Alyson B. Stanfield helps teach thousands of artists around the world how to promote their art more effectively and make a better living. She is the author of I'd Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist"s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion and the popular Art Biz Blog.  Alyson is a regular contributor to Art Calendar magazine and has given workshops and keynote addresses in 20 states.

The Arts and Healing Network is delighted to share Alyson's sage advice.  We get many queries about how to support oneself as an artist and we hope that this podcast will answer some of those questions.

Included in this podcast are the "Four Steps for Selling Your Art," which has been a classic way for artists to make a living.  These steps, however are broad enough to be of value to those who are doing non-commercial art as well. 

One of the steps is good communication, and Alyson offers great guidelines and tips for sending e-newsletters and using online tools like Facebook to connect with your audience.  May this information inspire you to share your work more fully with the world.

Creativity Coaching and Expressive Arts Painting: An Interview with Chris Zydel
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Creativity Coaching and Expressive Arts Painting: An Interview with Chris Zydel

Chris Zydel is a self-described "professional believer-in-the-gifts-of-others." She is a creativity coach who teaches expressive arts painting classes out of a wonderful Victorian home in Oakland, CA. As Chris says, "Regularly diving into your creative pool renews your soul, heals your spirit, keeps your inner spark alive and allows you greater intimacy with the full depths of your being. And it's fun!"  Chris has helped countless people over many years discover and deepen their connection to the creative process. On May 12, 2009, The Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, interviewed Chris about her creative journey, the important teachers on her path, the benefits of taking time to retreat, transformational stories from participants in her workshops, and advice for diving more deeply into one's creative work. You can learn more about Chris Zydel on her web site at www.creativejuicesarts.com.

Arts Rising: An Interview with Christopher Ellinger of the Zing Foundation
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Arts Rising: An Interview with Christopher Ellinger of the Zing Foundation

Christopher Ellinger is a multi-talented individual who bridges the worlds of healing arts and philanthropy. Together with his wife Anne, he founded the Zing Foundation which helps generate funding for creative projects that emphasize healing and transformation. Christopher and Anne are also co-directors of True Story Theater, an improvisational performance company that builds community by "playing back" the true life experiences told by members of the audience. On March 24, 2009, Christopher talked with Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, about his latest project, Arts Rising, which aims, "to increase funding for arts and social change by engaging new and existing donors using the funding circle model and educational programming."

Jen Cross: Writing Ourselves Whole
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Jen Cross: Writing Ourselves Whole

Interview from November 26, 2008 with Jen Cross, a freelance writer and facilitator of writing workshops for survivors of sexual abuse, and of erotic writing workshops.   Our conversation begins with Jen describing what happens during a Writing Ourselves Whole Workshop.Check out the Writing Ourselves Whole blog where Jen has written out longer answers to the questions we covered, and some we didn’t get to include.

Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: An Interview with Wendy Johnson
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Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: An Interview with Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is the author of Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World.

You can find out more about Wendy, her book and where she'll be speaking next at www.gardeningatthedragonsgate.com

Ecological Art and Activism: An Interview with Aviva Rahmani
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Ecological Art and Activism: An Interview with Aviva Rahmani

Ecological artist Aviva Rahmani’s current work reflects her interest in the application of mapping analysis to, "explore potential solutions for urban and rural water degradation in large landscapes." She is currently using the Internet to perform residencies, "without the international travel that spews jet fuel over the earth's waters." Virtual Cities and Oceans of If, and the on-going Virtual Concerts address global warming and geo-political conflicts by demonstrating, analyzing and interpreting the local impact of global warming at international real world sites.You can learn more about Rahmani's work at www.ghostnets.com.

Creativity, Dreams & Spirituality: An Interview with Rev. Tristy Taylor
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Creativity, Dreams & Spirituality: An Interview with Rev. Tristy Taylor

In addition to her work as the Arts and Healing Network’s Web Site Coordinator, Reverend Tristy Taylor also works with individuals and groups using dreamwork, art-making, coaching, spiritual direction and meditation.  She holds a Masters degree from the Arts & Consciousness program at John F. Kennedy University, and was ordained in January 2005 after studying at The Chaplaincy Institute for Art and Interfaith Ministry. Reverend Taylor is also the co-Founder of the Church of Craft.You can find out more about Reverend Taylor's work by going to trismegista.com and reading her blog, Create with Spirit

Sing Your Part: An Interview with Rachel Bagby
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Sing Your Part: An Interview with Rachel Bagby

Since 1985, Rachel Bagby has pioneered vibralingual practices that help people form vocal communities for ecological and social healing.  A vocal artist, writer, composer, teacher and founder of Choral Earth, Rachel is internationally recognized for inspiring multiple generations to bring their voices to life.The Arts & Healing Network is very pleased to announce that Rachel is  also the 2008 recipient of the AHN Award which is given annually to an  artist who is truly making a difference in the world. Rachel's most recent project, Choral Earth, is an outstanding example of the power of art to catalyze community and heal the earth.This podcast features a conversation between Rachel and Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network.  To learn more about Rachel’s work, visit www.SingYourPart.comPhoto Credit: Irene Young 

Making Environmental and Public Art: An Interview with Susan Leibovitz Steinman
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Making Environmental and Public Art: An Interview with Susan Leibovitz Steinman

Susan Leibovitz Steinman salvages materials directly from community waste streams to construct public art installations that connect common daily experiences to broader social issues. Projects include conceptual sculpture gardens that meld art, ecology and community action.She also co-founded the Women Environmental Artists Directory.You can learn more about Susan's work on her web site, steinmanstudio.com

Poetry and Healing: An Interview with John Fox of the Institute for Poetic Medicine
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Poetry and Healing: An Interview with John Fox of the Institute for Poetic Medicine

John Fox, Certified Poetry Therapist, is a poet and author of Finding What You Didn't Lose:  Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. He teaches regularly at the collegiate and post graduate level as an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, John F. Kennedy University, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the University of California, Santa Cruz and Holy Names University. His work reaches people in hospitals, churches and retreat centers.John is an international leader in the movement of poetry therapy as an expressive art and medicine. He served as president of National Association of Poetry Therapy in 2003- 2005. He received The National Association for Poetry Therapy's Distinguished Service Award in 1995 and since that time, he has served as a mentor/supervisor in the field of poetry therapy.

Interview with SARK!
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Interview with SARK!

SARK is an author, artist and teacher on the subject of creativity who was featured on the PBS series Women of Wisdom and Power. She practices what she teaches and lives in a Magic Cottage in San Francisco. She has written many books including Make Your Creative Dreams REAL, Prosperity Pie, Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed and A Creative Companion. You can visit her website at www.planetsark.com.

Interview with Sharon Siskin
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Interview with Sharon Siskin

Sharon Siskin has an extensive national exhibition record, showing her work in museums, galleries and public sites for more than 27 years. She is the recipient of awards and grants that include a Visual Arts Fellowship from the California Arts Council in 2003, the 2001 Potrero Nuevo Prize, Noetic Arts Program Community Grant, San Francisco Arts Commission Market Street Art in Transit Commission and 12 California Arts Council Artist in Residence Grants for community-based public art projects in the San Francisco Bay Area AIDS support service community and in the City of Berkeley homeless women and children services community. She was the Artist in Residence at San Francisco Recycling & Disposal, Inc. in the summer of 2004. Her artwork has been featured in numerous publications including Women Artists in the American West, edited by Susan Ressler, Lure of the Local: Sense of Place in a Multicentered Society, by Lucy Lippard, Connecting Conversations: Interviews with 28 Bay Area Women Artists, edited by Moira Roth and Site to Sight, Mapping Bay Area Visual Culture, edited by Lydia Mathiews. She is currently Assistant Professor of Drawing at the University of San Francisco and co-directs with Professor Richard Kamler Arts Outreach: The Artist as Citizen, a year-long program which seeks to embed student art practitioners into communities to collaboratively engage in community-based art. She has also taught as a member of the Core Faculty as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Department of Arts and Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University and California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco Art Institute, California State University at Hayward and the University of New Mexico as well as at several California Community Colleges. She is a recognized leader in the field of community-based public art and is the founder of Positive Art in 1988, an art project in the Bay Area AIDS community continuing to provide a model for many communities internationally. She has lectured extensively in art colleges, universities, professional conferences, galleries and museums throughout the United States.

Interviews with 10 Arts and Healing Award Winners
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Interviews with 10 Arts and Healing Award Winners

2007 marks the tenth anniversary of the Arts and Healing Network Award.  Each year the Arts and Healing Network honors a healing artist who is truly making a difference in the world with an award of $10,000. The Network offers this award as a surprise gift. There is no application. Our hope is that this award will offer the recipient inspiration and support to continue and expand their outstanding work.   To celebrate the award's anniversary, we asked each of the award winners to tell us a little bit about their work today, and why they think art is healing or a catalyst for positive change.  Some of their stories are short, some are long, but all of them are inspiring examples of the healing power of art:1998 Bill Witherspoon1999 Marilyn Wood2000 Betsy Damon2001 Bonnie Ora Sherk2002 Lily Yeh2003 Patricia Johanson2004 Bill Talen2005 Tim Lefens2006 Anna Halperin2007 Lynne HullThe Arts and Healing Podcast is a project of The Arts and Healing Network, an online resource for people interested in the healing potential of art.  You can join the Arts and Healing Network community at artheals.org and you can contact us anytime at ahn@artheals.org.

Interview with Alli Chagi-Starr of Art in Action
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Interview with Alli Chagi-Starr of Art in Action

Alli is a Co-Founder and the Development & Events Director of Art in Action, Youth Leadership Training. She conducts the dance, theater, and anti-oppression workshops at the Art in Action camps.  She is also the Art and Media Director for Reclaim the Future at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland. Alli is a co-founder of Dancers Without Borders, Another World in Possible Road Shows, and the twelve-year-old Radical Performance Fest. She also co-founded Art and Revolution, a national movement of artist and activists. She has been a presenter on radio shows, at conferences, and has taught art activism across the U.S. and Canada. Her essays have appeared in Democratizing the Global Economy, Global Uprising, Voices from the WTO, The Political Edge and How to Stop the Next War Now. Currently, Alli is working to complete her book, Movements for Mass Movements.

Interview with Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network
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Interview with Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network

Mary Daniel Hobson is the Director of the Arts and Healing Network. At the age of 14, she became captivated by photography and has been pursuing it ever since. Trained as an art historian, her work draws deep inspiration from Surrealism, in particular the work of Dora Maar. Whether creating intimate collages or bottling photographs, her mixed media photography explores inner geography and layered experience. Her work has been widely exhibited and is in collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Albuquerque Museum. She is also advisory faculty at the Arts & Consciousness Department at JFK University in Berkeley, CA, offering courses in Transformative Arts and Photography. You can see Danny's art on her web site, marydanielhobson.com

The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie Siegel
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The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie Siegel

Dr. Bernie Siegel is the author of The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing. Bernie retired from general and pediatric surgical practice in 1989, and has since dedicated himself to humanizing the medical establishment's approach to patients, and to empowering patients to induce their own healing.

After studying the use of crayon drawings by patients faceing life-threatening diseases, Bernie founded Exceptional Cancer Patients to facilitate self-induced healings. Bernie realized that we can aid our bodies' innate propensity to heal through what are currently seen as uncoventional practices, including drawing, visualization, dreams, love, and laughter.

You can learn more about Bernie's work and his books at berniesiegelmd.com and follow him on Twitter at @BernieSiegelMD.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Pat Schneider
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Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Pat Schneider

Pat Schneider is the author of How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice. She is the author of ten books including five volumes of poems, Writing Alone & With Others, and Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography. Her libretti have been performed and recorded at Tangelwood and in Carnegie Hall by Robert Shaw & the Atlanta Symphony. Her work has been featured on NPR, National Public Television, and fourteen times on Garrison Keilor's "Writers Almanac." Pat is the founder and director emerita of Amherst Writers and Artists and AWA Press. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Pacific School of Religion in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. You can learn more about Pat and her work at www.patschneider.com.

Crafting Calm: Interview with Maggie Oman Shannon
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Crafting Calm: Interview with Maggie Oman Shannon

Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and lifelong crafter whose passion is exploring the relationship between creativity and spirituality. Her newest book is Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation.

A former magazine editor and creativity coach, she is the the author of five previous books, including Prayers for Healing. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and young daughter (who also loves to craft), and currently serves at the Spiritual Director of Unity Spritual Center of San Francisco.

You can connect with Maggie on her website www.maggieomanshannon.com, Facebook and Pinterest.

Art Break Day Co-Founder and Transformative Artist, Lisa Rasmussen
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Art Break Day Co-Founder and Transformative Artist, Lisa Rasmussen

Lisa Rasmussen is a transformative artist, educator, curator, and art advocate who truly believes and embodies the notion that art can change and heal the world. Lisa is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Art is Moving, and the 3rd Annual Art Break Day. Art Break Day is a communty art-reach event that offers thousands of people the means and space to connect with their community via the art-making process. She is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Art 4 All People and AY Atelier Art, an international sanctuary for arts and consciousness in Malibu, and in virtual reality.

In March 2013, Lisa was awarded Alumni of the Year from JFK University for her deep service to the Arts and Consciousness profession, and community. Additionally, Lisa pioneered an award-winning expressive art program for emotionally traumatized and abused youth, and developed a professional art gallery for the residents of Lincoln Child Center, a mental health faciity in Oakland, CA.  She has also taught intuitive and expressive art to elders, at-risk teens, and has been an art coach for adults. In 2008, she was awarded Graduate Student of the Year from JFK University's Holistic Studies Program for her transformative work with the children at Lincoln Child Center, and for her MFA graduate solo exhibition. 

Lisa is a professional artist, and her paintings are her spiritual practice. Her current work is being exhibited in various galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco. You can connect with Lisa at www.artismovingnow.com, www.art4allpeople.com, and www.ayatelierart.com.

Moccasins and Microphones: Timothy McLaughlin, Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program
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Moccasins and Microphones: Timothy McLaughlin, Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program

Timothy McLaughlin is a poet, teacher and the founder of the Spoken Word Program at the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS). This program empowers students to create original poetry – which incorporates Native languages and philosophies – and then perform that poetry for diverse audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. He and his students have received numerous awards and have been featured on many radio and television programs. You can learn more about the SFIS Spoken Word Program at www.sfisspokenword.org.Originally from Washington DC, Timothy has been teaching in Native communities since 1997. He was named the University of Virginia Madison House Alumni of the Year in 2007 for his dedication to service work. Timothy has also produced the poetry CD, Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling Through Performance Poetry, and is the editor of the book Walking on the Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School (Abrams Books 2012). His writing has appeared in several publications, including The Declaration and Radical Grace

Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project: Interview with Elana Haviv
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Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project: Interview with Elana Haviv

Elana Haviv is the Founder and Executive Director of the Children's Movement for Creative Education (CMCE). Elana is an education and human rights specialist. Through her flagship organization, CMCE, she has created academic and artistic programs to guide childrena and youth to understand and overcome the effects of violent world events on themselves and their communities, and to become global citizens. She designed The Telling History Project: Understanding the Past to Create the Future, a curriculum to teach students about human rights. After 9/11, Elana spearheaded the development and implementation of the art-based CMCE 9/11 Trauma Relief Project in New York City schools. She also continued to create art-based healing programs in post-war Bosnia. More recently, in response to Hurricane Sandy, Elana founded the Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project which was recently featured in The Huffington Post article, Art Heals Heartache for Sandy Kids. You can learn more about CMCE on their website, childrensmovement.org.

EngAGE and The Art of Aging: An Interview with Tim Carpenter
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EngAGE and The Art of Aging: An Interview with Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter is the founder of EngAGE, a nonprofit that changes aging, and the way people think about aging, by transforming senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors living in Southern California.

Tim also catalyzed the creation of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a first-of-its-kind senior apartment community with high-end arts amenities and programs. The NOHO Senior Arts Colony and the Long Beach Senior Arts Colony will open in 2012.

In 2008, Tim was elected an Ashoka Fellow for being one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world. In 2011, he received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.  He also serves on the board of the National Center for Creative Aging, and is the host and producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show.

Creating Time with Marney Makridakis
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Creating Time with Marney Makridakis

Marney Makridakisis the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds, and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach for self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at artellaland.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/CreatingTime.

Lori Portka's 100 Thank Yous: A Gratitude Painting Project
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Lori Portka's 100 Thank Yous: A Gratitude Painting Project

Lori Portka is an art creator and love radiator. Her artwork is made with an open heart carrying the intention to spread love and healing.  Lori's designs appear on greeting cards, prints, calendars and magazines internationally, and reach other sweet souls who connect with her genuine and compassionate spirit.  You can learn more about Lori and her A Hundred Thank Yous project on her website, loriportka.com, and follow her on Twitter at @loriportka.

Reminder: The nomination deadline for the Arts and Healing Network Award is May 15th. For more information, go to:www.artheals.org/projects/ahn_award.html

Desire to Inspire: Interview with Christine Mason Miller
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Desire to Inspire: Interview with Christine Mason Miller

Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Monica based writer and artist who has been creating, writing and exploring since she was a little girl.  Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for all of her creative work.  The desire to encourage others to pursue their passions and create a meaningful life is the common thread throughout an expansive body of work that includes mixed media collage, commercial illustration, photography, writing, teaching and speaking.  Her latest book is Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World. You can learn more about Christine and her work on her website, christinemasonmiller.com, and connect with her on Twitter at @swirlygirl18.

South African Muralist and Artist, Ricky Lee Gordon
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South African Muralist and Artist, Ricky Lee Gordon

"I believe color creates energy, and I believe energy creates inspiration, and then I think inspiration creates the change.  If you can create color, which murals do, then you're making a massive impact." ~ Ricky Lee Gordon

Ricky Lee Gordon is a South African muralist and artist who goes by the name of Freddy Sam.  He is the founder of three initiatives.  The first is Write on Africa, a community art and inspiration project that creates murals and workshops in poor communities to uplift and inspire social change.  Their philosophy is, "Inspire ourselves to inspire others to inspire change."  The second project he founded and directs is A Word of Art, which includes an art space, art projects, and an international art residency program dedicated to celebrating new art and emerging young artists. The third is the Woodstock Industrial Center, a derelict industrial building in the heart of Woodstock, a suburb of Cape Town, where together with a willing landlord he has now brought in over 75 creative tenants. The building now has a coffee shop, skate park and bookshop, and hosts talks, exhibitions, movie nights, dinners and drawing evenings.

Ricky Lee is one of three recipients of the 2011 AHN Awards.  The Arts and Healing Network is so impressed by his incredible creative vision and use of art to revitalize and transform his neighborhood of Woodstock.

To learn more about Ricky Lee's work, please visit his websites at www.writeonafrica.org and www.freddysam.com. You can also read an interview by Arts and Healing Network Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, with Ricky Lee on the Arts and Healing Network.

Raw Art Journaling with Quinn McDonald
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Raw Art Journaling with Quinn McDonald

Quinn McDonald is the author of Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art.  Quinn is a business and creativity coach.  She writes the "Business of Art" column for Somerset Studio magazine, and "The Raw Edge" coaching column for Art Quilting Studio.  She's also a regular contributor to Create Mixed Media, F&W Media's art blog.  Quinn uses coaching to help people find, or develop their careers, and to incorporate creativity in their lives.  She believes that communicating is also an art form.You can learn more about Quinn on her website, quinncreative.com, her blog, quinncreative.wordpress.com, Facebook, facebook.com/quinn.mcdonald, and Twitter @quinncreative.

Art Saves: Interview with Jenny Doh
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Art Saves: Interview with Jenny Doh

Jenny Doh is the author of Art Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art.  Jenny is the Founder and President of CRESCENDOh, a company that inspires creative passion, authentic community, and focused compassion.  CRESCENDOh also works with publishers to create books about art, crafting, and inspiration.  In addition to Art Saves, she also authored Creative Pilgrimage, Signature Styles, and co-authored Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration In the Studio and Behind the Scenes with Extraordinary Women.  Prior to CRESCENDOh, she worked for six years as Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio Magazine.  You can learn more about Jenny and her work at CRESCENDOh.com and follow her on Twitter at @crescendoh and @jennydoh.

Healing with Photography: Interview with Susannah Conway
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Healing with Photography: Interview with Susannah Conway

Susannah Conway is a photographer, writer and the creator of the Unravelling e-courses. A Polaroid addict and very proud aunt, she is currently editing her first book, This I Know: Notes on Unravelling the Heart, which will be available in spring of 2012. You can read more about Susannah and her shenanigans on her blog at www.susannahconway.com and connect with her on Twitter at @photobird

Saved by a Poem: Interview with Kim Rosen
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Saved by a Poem: Interview with Kim Rosen

"When the inner and the outer are wedded, revelation occurs." - Hildegard of Bingen

Kim Rosen is the author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words.  Combining her devotion to poetry with her background as a spiritual teacher and therapist, Kim has touched listeners around the world with poetry's power to awaken, inspire, and heal.  She gives poetry concerts, lectures, and workshops in the U.S. and abroad.  You can learn more about her work at kimrosen.net.  You can also connect with her on the Saved by a Poem Facebook Page, and on Twitter at @savedbyapoem.

Some of the poems, poets, and books Kim mentions during the interview are:

  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath
  • David Whyte
  • Mary Oliver
  • Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
  • "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou
  • "Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye

Inner Excavation with Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media: Interview with Liz Lamoreux
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Inner Excavation with Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media: Interview with Liz Lamoreux

Liz Lamoreux believes in the importance of unearthing our stories so that we can see where we stand on our paths and where we want to go. She is currently sharing this inward journey through her new book, Inner Excavations: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media, the Be Present Retreats, and the stories she shares in her Etsy store, The Little Room. She lives in a little house in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, daughter Ellie Jane, and a golden retriever named Millie. In this interview by Britt Bravo, Liz speaks about the healing possibilities in art making, writing, group process and the importance of being present. 

You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Be the Star You Are: Interview with Jamie Ridler
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Be the Star You Are: Interview with Jamie Ridler

Jamie Ridler is a professional creative self-development coach who is passionate about authentic living and creativity.  She is a certified coach who has a certificate in the Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy from ISIS in Toronto.  She also completed training in Body-Centered Coaching with Marlena Field, has a Blue Belt in Nia, and has an M.A. in Drama from the Drama Centre of the University of Toronto.

You can found out more about Jamie at http://jamieridlerstudios.ca, and be sure to check out her fabulous podcast, Creative Living with Jamie. You can follow her on Twitter at @starshyne.You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Greenmuseum.org, Giftivism & Generosity: Interview with Sam Bower & Anne Veh
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Greenmuseum.org, Giftivism & Generosity: Interview with Sam Bower & Anne Veh

November is Art Every Day Month: Founder, Leah Piken Kolidas
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November is Art Every Day Month: Founder, Leah Piken Kolidas

Leah Piken Kolidas is a mixed-media artist and creativity guide living near Boston, MA with her husband and their four fuzzy cats.  She loves sipping hot chocolate, wearing silly socks, and everything turquoise.  Leah blogs about creativity and art at CreativeEveryDay.com, where she also leads Art Every Day Month (every November) and the year-long Creative Every Day Challenge. You can view more of her art at BlueTreeArtGallery.com and follow her on Twitter at leah_art.

You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang: Transforming Plastic Trash into Art
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Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang: Transforming Plastic Trash into Art

For over ten years, artists Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting trash together on Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California, and turning it into playful and powerful works of art that raise awareness about ocean pollution.  The plastic they collect has become everything from sculptural wall art to digital prints, a wedding dress, jewelry, a mobile car sculpture, and more.  Ultimately, their work combines fun and passionate obsession with a thoughtful message about ocean pollution, recycling and creative re-use.

In June 2010, the Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, interviewed them at their home and studio in Forest Knolls, CA about art, passion, collaboration, collecting, the importance of place, and the tragedy of plastic polluting our oceans. Judith and Richard were also one of the 2009 recipients of the AHN Award.

You can learn more about their work at beachplastic.com, and read anecdotes about their plastic collecting and artmaking on their blog, Plastic Forever.

If you are interested in learning more about the problem of plastic pollution and how to be part of the solution, Judith and Richard offer the following resources:

- Beth Terry at Fake Plastic Fish shares helpful tips for living plastic free.

- Dr. Hideshige Takada of International Pellet Watch is tracking nurdles, and could use your help with his research.

- Plastic Pollution Coalition is an organization committed to stopping plastic pollution.

- Project Kaisai is a nonprofit seeking to understand the scale of marine pollution.

Making Magic and Art at Creativity Explored: Interview with Amy Taub
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Making Magic and Art at Creativity Explored: Interview with Amy Taub

Amy Taub is the Executive Director of Creativity Explored, a nonprofit arts center in San Francisco, CA where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art.  The studio artists work at one of the two San Francisco studios, which are staffed by over 20 professional artists who act as teachers and guides.  Artworks created by the studio artists are sold through the Creativity Explored Gallery, and also in their online store.  The studio artists receive 50% of all proceeds. The rest is used to support Creativity Explored.

To learn more about Creativity Explored, go to www.creativityexplored.org.

Rituals for Life Milestones: An Interview with Sandra Hobson
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Rituals for Life Milestones: An Interview with Sandra Hobson

Sandra Hobson is a counselor and consultant to individuals and organizations who are interested in using art and indigenous wisdom for personal, community and environmental healing.  She has been an advisor to the Arts and Healing Network since its beginning in the mid-90's.

A world-traveler, Sandra has studied with shamans and native healers from diverse cultures including Peru, Nepal, Ecuador, Mongolia, and more. She carries that wisdom into her counseling practice and into her recently published book, Rituals for Life's Milestones, which includes 15 rituals that anyone could use to create deeper connection and meaning in one's life.

You can learn more about her book at charleshobson.com/books/rituals.html.

The Artist's Way Every Day: A Chat with author, Julia Cameron
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The Artist's Way Every Day: A Chat with author, Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of 32 books, fiction and nonfiction, including her bestselling works on the creative process: The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, Finding Water, and The Writing Diet. A novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television.

Her newest book is The Artist's Way Every: A Year of Creative Living. You can find out more about Julia's work, book, and upcoming workshops at www.theartistsway.com.

Tips for Sharing Your Art with the World: An Interview with Alyson B Stanfield, Artbizcoach.com
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Tips for Sharing Your Art with the World: An Interview with Alyson B Stanfield, Artbizcoach.com

As the founder of ArtBizCoach.com, Alyson B. Stanfield helps teach thousands of artists around the world how to promote their art more effectively and make a better living. She is the author of I'd Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist"s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion and the popular Art Biz Blog.  Alyson is a regular contributor to Art Calendar magazine and has given workshops and keynote addresses in 20 states.

The Arts and Healing Network is delighted to share Alyson's sage advice.  We get many queries about how to support oneself as an artist and we hope that this podcast will answer some of those questions.

Included in this podcast are the "Four Steps for Selling Your Art," which has been a classic way for artists to make a living.  These steps, however are broad enough to be of value to those who are doing non-commercial art as well. 

One of the steps is good communication, and Alyson offers great guidelines and tips for sending e-newsletters and using online tools like Facebook to connect with your audience.  May this information inspire you to share your work more fully with the world.

Creativity Coaching and Expressive Arts Painting: An Interview with Chris Zydel
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Creativity Coaching and Expressive Arts Painting: An Interview with Chris Zydel

Chris Zydel is a self-described "professional believer-in-the-gifts-of-others." She is a creativity coach who teaches expressive arts painting classes out of a wonderful Victorian home in Oakland, CA. As Chris says, "Regularly diving into your creative pool renews your soul, heals your spirit, keeps your inner spark alive and allows you greater intimacy with the full depths of your being. And it's fun!"  Chris has helped countless people over many years discover and deepen their connection to the creative process. On May 12, 2009, The Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, interviewed Chris about her creative journey, the important teachers on her path, the benefits of taking time to retreat, transformational stories from participants in her workshops, and advice for diving more deeply into one's creative work. You can learn more about Chris Zydel on her web site at www.creativejuicesarts.com.

Arts Rising: An Interview with Christopher Ellinger of the Zing Foundation
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Arts Rising: An Interview with Christopher Ellinger of the Zing Foundation

Christopher Ellinger is a multi-talented individual who bridges the worlds of healing arts and philanthropy. Together with his wife Anne, he founded the Zing Foundation which helps generate funding for creative projects that emphasize healing and transformation. Christopher and Anne are also co-directors of True Story Theater, an improvisational performance company that builds community by "playing back" the true life experiences told by members of the audience. On March 24, 2009, Christopher talked with Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, about his latest project, Arts Rising, which aims, "to increase funding for arts and social change by engaging new and existing donors using the funding circle model and educational programming."

Jen Cross: Writing Ourselves Whole
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Jen Cross: Writing Ourselves Whole

Interview from November 26, 2008 with Jen Cross, a freelance writer and facilitator of writing workshops for survivors of sexual abuse, and of erotic writing workshops.   Our conversation begins with Jen describing what happens during a Writing Ourselves Whole Workshop.Check out the Writing Ourselves Whole blog where Jen has written out longer answers to the questions we covered, and some we didn’t get to include.

Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: An Interview with Wendy Johnson
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Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: An Interview with Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is the author of Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World.

You can find out more about Wendy, her book and where she'll be speaking next at www.gardeningatthedragonsgate.com

Ecological Art and Activism: An Interview with Aviva Rahmani
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Ecological Art and Activism: An Interview with Aviva Rahmani

Ecological artist Aviva Rahmani’s current work reflects her interest in the application of mapping analysis to, "explore potential solutions for urban and rural water degradation in large landscapes." She is currently using the Internet to perform residencies, "without the international travel that spews jet fuel over the earth's waters." Virtual Cities and Oceans of If, and the on-going Virtual Concerts address global warming and geo-political conflicts by demonstrating, analyzing and interpreting the local impact of global warming at international real world sites.You can learn more about Rahmani's work at www.ghostnets.com.

Creativity, Dreams & Spirituality: An Interview with Rev. Tristy Taylor
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Creativity, Dreams & Spirituality: An Interview with Rev. Tristy Taylor

In addition to her work as the Arts and Healing Network’s Web Site Coordinator, Reverend Tristy Taylor also works with individuals and groups using dreamwork, art-making, coaching, spiritual direction and meditation.  She holds a Masters degree from the Arts & Consciousness program at John F. Kennedy University, and was ordained in January 2005 after studying at The Chaplaincy Institute for Art and Interfaith Ministry. Reverend Taylor is also the co-Founder of the Church of Craft.You can find out more about Reverend Taylor's work by going to trismegista.com and reading her blog, Create with Spirit

Sing Your Part: An Interview with Rachel Bagby
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Sing Your Part: An Interview with Rachel Bagby

Since 1985, Rachel Bagby has pioneered vibralingual practices that help people form vocal communities for ecological and social healing.  A vocal artist, writer, composer, teacher and founder of Choral Earth, Rachel is internationally recognized for inspiring multiple generations to bring their voices to life.The Arts & Healing Network is very pleased to announce that Rachel is  also the 2008 recipient of the AHN Award which is given annually to an  artist who is truly making a difference in the world. Rachel's most recent project, Choral Earth, is an outstanding example of the power of art to catalyze community and heal the earth.This podcast features a conversation between Rachel and Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network.  To learn more about Rachel’s work, visit www.SingYourPart.comPhoto Credit: Irene Young 

Making Environmental and Public Art: An Interview with Susan Leibovitz Steinman
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Making Environmental and Public Art: An Interview with Susan Leibovitz Steinman

Susan Leibovitz Steinman salvages materials directly from community waste streams to construct public art installations that connect common daily experiences to broader social issues. Projects include conceptual sculpture gardens that meld art, ecology and community action.She also co-founded the Women Environmental Artists Directory.You can learn more about Susan's work on her web site, steinmanstudio.com

Poetry and Healing: An Interview with John Fox of the Institute for Poetic Medicine
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Poetry and Healing: An Interview with John Fox of the Institute for Poetic Medicine

John Fox, Certified Poetry Therapist, is a poet and author of Finding What You Didn't Lose:  Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. He teaches regularly at the collegiate and post graduate level as an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, John F. Kennedy University, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the University of California, Santa Cruz and Holy Names University. His work reaches people in hospitals, churches and retreat centers.John is an international leader in the movement of poetry therapy as an expressive art and medicine. He served as president of National Association of Poetry Therapy in 2003- 2005. He received The National Association for Poetry Therapy's Distinguished Service Award in 1995 and since that time, he has served as a mentor/supervisor in the field of poetry therapy.

Interview with SARK!
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Interview with SARK!

SARK is an author, artist and teacher on the subject of creativity who was featured on the PBS series Women of Wisdom and Power. She practices what she teaches and lives in a Magic Cottage in San Francisco. She has written many books including Make Your Creative Dreams REAL, Prosperity Pie, Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed and A Creative Companion. You can visit her website at www.planetsark.com.

Interview with Sharon Siskin
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Interview with Sharon Siskin

Sharon Siskin has an extensive national exhibition record, showing her work in museums, galleries and public sites for more than 27 years. She is the recipient of awards and grants that include a Visual Arts Fellowship from the California Arts Council in 2003, the 2001 Potrero Nuevo Prize, Noetic Arts Program Community Grant, San Francisco Arts Commission Market Street Art in Transit Commission and 12 California Arts Council Artist in Residence Grants for community-based public art projects in the San Francisco Bay Area AIDS support service community and in the City of Berkeley homeless women and children services community. She was the Artist in Residence at San Francisco Recycling & Disposal, Inc. in the summer of 2004. Her artwork has been featured in numerous publications including Women Artists in the American West, edited by Susan Ressler, Lure of the Local: Sense of Place in a Multicentered Society, by Lucy Lippard, Connecting Conversations: Interviews with 28 Bay Area Women Artists, edited by Moira Roth and Site to Sight, Mapping Bay Area Visual Culture, edited by Lydia Mathiews. She is currently Assistant Professor of Drawing at the University of San Francisco and co-directs with Professor Richard Kamler Arts Outreach: The Artist as Citizen, a year-long program which seeks to embed student art practitioners into communities to collaboratively engage in community-based art. She has also taught as a member of the Core Faculty as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Department of Arts and Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University and California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco Art Institute, California State University at Hayward and the University of New Mexico as well as at several California Community Colleges. She is a recognized leader in the field of community-based public art and is the founder of Positive Art in 1988, an art project in the Bay Area AIDS community continuing to provide a model for many communities internationally. She has lectured extensively in art colleges, universities, professional conferences, galleries and museums throughout the United States.

Interviews with 10 Arts and Healing Award Winners
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Interviews with 10 Arts and Healing Award Winners

2007 marks the tenth anniversary of the Arts and Healing Network Award.  Each year the Arts and Healing Network honors a healing artist who is truly making a difference in the world with an award of $10,000. The Network offers this award as a surprise gift. There is no application. Our hope is that this award will offer the recipient inspiration and support to continue and expand their outstanding work.   To celebrate the award's anniversary, we asked each of the award winners to tell us a little bit about their work today, and why they think art is healing or a catalyst for positive change.  Some of their stories are short, some are long, but all of them are inspiring examples of the healing power of art:1998 Bill Witherspoon1999 Marilyn Wood2000 Betsy Damon2001 Bonnie Ora Sherk2002 Lily Yeh2003 Patricia Johanson2004 Bill Talen2005 Tim Lefens2006 Anna Halperin2007 Lynne HullThe Arts and Healing Podcast is a project of The Arts and Healing Network, an online resource for people interested in the healing potential of art.  You can join the Arts and Healing Network community at artheals.org and you can contact us anytime at ahn@artheals.org.

Interview with Alli Chagi-Starr of Art in Action
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Interview with Alli Chagi-Starr of Art in Action

Alli is a Co-Founder and the Development & Events Director of Art in Action, Youth Leadership Training. She conducts the dance, theater, and anti-oppression workshops at the Art in Action camps.  She is also the Art and Media Director for Reclaim the Future at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland. Alli is a co-founder of Dancers Without Borders, Another World in Possible Road Shows, and the twelve-year-old Radical Performance Fest. She also co-founded Art and Revolution, a national movement of artist and activists. She has been a presenter on radio shows, at conferences, and has taught art activism across the U.S. and Canada. Her essays have appeared in Democratizing the Global Economy, Global Uprising, Voices from the WTO, The Political Edge and How to Stop the Next War Now. Currently, Alli is working to complete her book, Movements for Mass Movements.

Interview with Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network
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Interview with Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network

Mary Daniel Hobson is the Director of the Arts and Healing Network. At the age of 14, she became captivated by photography and has been pursuing it ever since. Trained as an art historian, her work draws deep inspiration from Surrealism, in particular the work of Dora Maar. Whether creating intimate collages or bottling photographs, her mixed media photography explores inner geography and layered experience. Her work has been widely exhibited and is in collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Albuquerque Museum. She is also advisory faculty at the Arts & Consciousness Department at JFK University in Berkeley, CA, offering courses in Transformative Arts and Photography. You can see Danny's art on her web site, marydanielhobson.com

The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie Siegel
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The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie Siegel

Dr. Bernie Siegel is the author of The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing. Bernie retired from general and pediatric surgical practice in 1989, and has since dedicated himself to humanizing the medical establishment's approach to patients, and to empowering patients to induce their own healing.

After studying the use of crayon drawings by patients faceing life-threatening diseases, Bernie founded Exceptional Cancer Patients to facilitate self-induced healings. Bernie realized that we can aid our bodies' innate propensity to heal through what are currently seen as uncoventional practices, including drawing, visualization, dreams, love, and laughter.

You can learn more about Bernie's work and his books at berniesiegelmd.com and follow him on Twitter at @BernieSiegelMD.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Pat Schneider
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Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Pat Schneider

Pat Schneider is the author of How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice. She is the author of ten books including five volumes of poems, Writing Alone & With Others, and Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography. Her libretti have been performed and recorded at Tangelwood and in Carnegie Hall by Robert Shaw & the Atlanta Symphony. Her work has been featured on NPR, National Public Television, and fourteen times on Garrison Keilor's "Writers Almanac." Pat is the founder and director emerita of Amherst Writers and Artists and AWA Press. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Pacific School of Religion in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. You can learn more about Pat and her work at www.patschneider.com.

Crafting Calm: Interview with Maggie Oman Shannon
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Crafting Calm: Interview with Maggie Oman Shannon

Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and lifelong crafter whose passion is exploring the relationship between creativity and spirituality. Her newest book is Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation.

A former magazine editor and creativity coach, she is the the author of five previous books, including Prayers for Healing. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and young daughter (who also loves to craft), and currently serves at the Spiritual Director of Unity Spritual Center of San Francisco.

You can connect with Maggie on her website www.maggieomanshannon.com, Facebook and Pinterest.

Art Break Day Co-Founder and Transformative Artist, Lisa Rasmussen
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Art Break Day Co-Founder and Transformative Artist, Lisa Rasmussen

Lisa Rasmussen is a transformative artist, educator, curator, and art advocate who truly believes and embodies the notion that art can change and heal the world. Lisa is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Art is Moving, and the 3rd Annual Art Break Day. Art Break Day is a communty art-reach event that offers thousands of people the means and space to connect with their community via the art-making process. She is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Art 4 All People and AY Atelier Art, an international sanctuary for arts and consciousness in Malibu, and in virtual reality.

In March 2013, Lisa was awarded Alumni of the Year from JFK University for her deep service to the Arts and Consciousness profession, and community. Additionally, Lisa pioneered an award-winning expressive art program for emotionally traumatized and abused youth, and developed a professional art gallery for the residents of Lincoln Child Center, a mental health faciity in Oakland, CA.  She has also taught intuitive and expressive art to elders, at-risk teens, and has been an art coach for adults. In 2008, she was awarded Graduate Student of the Year from JFK University's Holistic Studies Program for her transformative work with the children at Lincoln Child Center, and for her MFA graduate solo exhibition. 

Lisa is a professional artist, and her paintings are her spiritual practice. Her current work is being exhibited in various galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco. You can connect with Lisa at www.artismovingnow.com, www.art4allpeople.com, and www.ayatelierart.com.

Moccasins and Microphones: Timothy McLaughlin, Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program
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Moccasins and Microphones: Timothy McLaughlin, Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program

Timothy McLaughlin is a poet, teacher and the founder of the Spoken Word Program at the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS). This program empowers students to create original poetry – which incorporates Native languages and philosophies – and then perform that poetry for diverse audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. He and his students have received numerous awards and have been featured on many radio and television programs. You can learn more about the SFIS Spoken Word Program at www.sfisspokenword.org.Originally from Washington DC, Timothy has been teaching in Native communities since 1997. He was named the University of Virginia Madison House Alumni of the Year in 2007 for his dedication to service work. Timothy has also produced the poetry CD, Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling Through Performance Poetry, and is the editor of the book Walking on the Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School (Abrams Books 2012). His writing has appeared in several publications, including The Declaration and Radical Grace

Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project: Interview with Elana Haviv
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Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project: Interview with Elana Haviv

Elana Haviv is the Founder and Executive Director of the Children's Movement for Creative Education (CMCE). Elana is an education and human rights specialist. Through her flagship organization, CMCE, she has created academic and artistic programs to guide childrena and youth to understand and overcome the effects of violent world events on themselves and their communities, and to become global citizens. She designed The Telling History Project: Understanding the Past to Create the Future, a curriculum to teach students about human rights. After 9/11, Elana spearheaded the development and implementation of the art-based CMCE 9/11 Trauma Relief Project in New York City schools. She also continued to create art-based healing programs in post-war Bosnia. More recently, in response to Hurricane Sandy, Elana founded the Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project which was recently featured in The Huffington Post article, Art Heals Heartache for Sandy Kids. You can learn more about CMCE on their website, childrensmovement.org.

EngAGE and The Art of Aging: An Interview with Tim Carpenter
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EngAGE and The Art of Aging: An Interview with Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter is the founder of EngAGE, a nonprofit that changes aging, and the way people think about aging, by transforming senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors living in Southern California.

Tim also catalyzed the creation of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a first-of-its-kind senior apartment community with high-end arts amenities and programs. The NOHO Senior Arts Colony and the Long Beach Senior Arts Colony will open in 2012.

In 2008, Tim was elected an Ashoka Fellow for being one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world. In 2011, he received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.  He also serves on the board of the National Center for Creative Aging, and is the host and producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show.

Creating Time with Marney Makridakis
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Creating Time with Marney Makridakis

Marney Makridakisis the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds, and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach for self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at artellaland.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/CreatingTime.

Lori Portka's 100 Thank Yous: A Gratitude Painting Project
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Lori Portka's 100 Thank Yous: A Gratitude Painting Project

Lori Portka is an art creator and love radiator. Her artwork is made with an open heart carrying the intention to spread love and healing.  Lori's designs appear on greeting cards, prints, calendars and magazines internationally, and reach other sweet souls who connect with her genuine and compassionate spirit.  You can learn more about Lori and her A Hundred Thank Yous project on her website, loriportka.com, and follow her on Twitter at @loriportka.

Reminder: The nomination deadline for the Arts and Healing Network Award is May 15th. For more information, go to:www.artheals.org/projects/ahn_award.html

Desire to Inspire: Interview with Christine Mason Miller
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Desire to Inspire: Interview with Christine Mason Miller

Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Monica based writer and artist who has been creating, writing and exploring since she was a little girl.  Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for all of her creative work.  The desire to encourage others to pursue their passions and create a meaningful life is the common thread throughout an expansive body of work that includes mixed media collage, commercial illustration, photography, writing, teaching and speaking.  Her latest book is Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World. You can learn more about Christine and her work on her website, christinemasonmiller.com, and connect with her on Twitter at @swirlygirl18.

South African Muralist and Artist, Ricky Lee Gordon
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South African Muralist and Artist, Ricky Lee Gordon

"I believe color creates energy, and I believe energy creates inspiration, and then I think inspiration creates the change.  If you can create color, which murals do, then you're making a massive impact." ~ Ricky Lee Gordon

Ricky Lee Gordon is a South African muralist and artist who goes by the name of Freddy Sam.  He is the founder of three initiatives.  The first is Write on Africa, a community art and inspiration project that creates murals and workshops in poor communities to uplift and inspire social change.  Their philosophy is, "Inspire ourselves to inspire others to inspire change."  The second project he founded and directs is A Word of Art, which includes an art space, art projects, and an international art residency program dedicated to celebrating new art and emerging young artists. The third is the Woodstock Industrial Center, a derelict industrial building in the heart of Woodstock, a suburb of Cape Town, where together with a willing landlord he has now brought in over 75 creative tenants. The building now has a coffee shop, skate park and bookshop, and hosts talks, exhibitions, movie nights, dinners and drawing evenings.

Ricky Lee is one of three recipients of the 2011 AHN Awards.  The Arts and Healing Network is so impressed by his incredible creative vision and use of art to revitalize and transform his neighborhood of Woodstock.

To learn more about Ricky Lee's work, please visit his websites at www.writeonafrica.org and www.freddysam.com. You can also read an interview by Arts and Healing Network Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, with Ricky Lee on the Arts and Healing Network.

Raw Art Journaling with Quinn McDonald
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Raw Art Journaling with Quinn McDonald

Quinn McDonald is the author of Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art.  Quinn is a business and creativity coach.  She writes the "Business of Art" column for Somerset Studio magazine, and "The Raw Edge" coaching column for Art Quilting Studio.  She's also a regular contributor to Create Mixed Media, F&W Media's art blog.  Quinn uses coaching to help people find, or develop their careers, and to incorporate creativity in their lives.  She believes that communicating is also an art form.You can learn more about Quinn on her website, quinncreative.com, her blog, quinncreative.wordpress.com, Facebook, facebook.com/quinn.mcdonald, and Twitter @quinncreative.

Art Saves: Interview with Jenny Doh
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Art Saves: Interview with Jenny Doh

Jenny Doh is the author of Art Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art.  Jenny is the Founder and President of CRESCENDOh, a company that inspires creative passion, authentic community, and focused compassion.  CRESCENDOh also works with publishers to create books about art, crafting, and inspiration.  In addition to Art Saves, she also authored Creative Pilgrimage, Signature Styles, and co-authored Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration In the Studio and Behind the Scenes with Extraordinary Women.  Prior to CRESCENDOh, she worked for six years as Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio Magazine.  You can learn more about Jenny and her work at CRESCENDOh.com and follow her on Twitter at @crescendoh and @jennydoh.

Healing with Photography: Interview with Susannah Conway
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Healing with Photography: Interview with Susannah Conway

Susannah Conway is a photographer, writer and the creator of the Unravelling e-courses. A Polaroid addict and very proud aunt, she is currently editing her first book, This I Know: Notes on Unravelling the Heart, which will be available in spring of 2012. You can read more about Susannah and her shenanigans on her blog at www.susannahconway.com and connect with her on Twitter at @photobird

Saved by a Poem: Interview with Kim Rosen
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Saved by a Poem: Interview with Kim Rosen

"When the inner and the outer are wedded, revelation occurs." - Hildegard of Bingen

Kim Rosen is the author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words.  Combining her devotion to poetry with her background as a spiritual teacher and therapist, Kim has touched listeners around the world with poetry's power to awaken, inspire, and heal.  She gives poetry concerts, lectures, and workshops in the U.S. and abroad.  You can learn more about her work at kimrosen.net.  You can also connect with her on the Saved by a Poem Facebook Page, and on Twitter at @savedbyapoem.

Some of the poems, poets, and books Kim mentions during the interview are:

  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath
  • David Whyte
  • Mary Oliver
  • Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
  • "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou
  • "Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye

Inner Excavation with Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media: Interview with Liz Lamoreux
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Inner Excavation with Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media: Interview with Liz Lamoreux

Liz Lamoreux believes in the importance of unearthing our stories so that we can see where we stand on our paths and where we want to go. She is currently sharing this inward journey through her new book, Inner Excavations: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media, the Be Present Retreats, and the stories she shares in her Etsy store, The Little Room. She lives in a little house in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, daughter Ellie Jane, and a golden retriever named Millie. In this interview by Britt Bravo, Liz speaks about the healing possibilities in art making, writing, group process and the importance of being present. 

You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Be the Star You Are: Interview with Jamie Ridler
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Be the Star You Are: Interview with Jamie Ridler

Jamie Ridler is a professional creative self-development coach who is passionate about authentic living and creativity.  She is a certified coach who has a certificate in the Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy from ISIS in Toronto.  She also completed training in Body-Centered Coaching with Marlena Field, has a Blue Belt in Nia, and has an M.A. in Drama from the Drama Centre of the University of Toronto.

You can found out more about Jamie at http://jamieridlerstudios.ca, and be sure to check out her fabulous podcast, Creative Living with Jamie. You can follow her on Twitter at @starshyne.You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Greenmuseum.org, Giftivism & Generosity: Interview with Sam Bower & Anne Veh
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Greenmuseum.org, Giftivism & Generosity: Interview with Sam Bower & Anne Veh

November is Art Every Day Month: Founder, Leah Piken Kolidas
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November is Art Every Day Month: Founder, Leah Piken Kolidas

Leah Piken Kolidas is a mixed-media artist and creativity guide living near Boston, MA with her husband and their four fuzzy cats.  She loves sipping hot chocolate, wearing silly socks, and everything turquoise.  Leah blogs about creativity and art at CreativeEveryDay.com, where she also leads Art Every Day Month (every November) and the year-long Creative Every Day Challenge. You can view more of her art at BlueTreeArtGallery.com and follow her on Twitter at leah_art.

You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang: Transforming Plastic Trash into Art
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Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang: Transforming Plastic Trash into Art

For over ten years, artists Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting trash together on Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California, and turning it into playful and powerful works of art that raise awareness about ocean pollution.  The plastic they collect has become everything from sculptural wall art to digital prints, a wedding dress, jewelry, a mobile car sculpture, and more.  Ultimately, their work combines fun and passionate obsession with a thoughtful message about ocean pollution, recycling and creative re-use.

In June 2010, the Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, interviewed them at their home and studio in Forest Knolls, CA about art, passion, collaboration, collecting, the importance of place, and the tragedy of plastic polluting our oceans. Judith and Richard were also one of the 2009 recipients of the AHN Award.

You can learn more about their work at beachplastic.com, and read anecdotes about their plastic collecting and artmaking on their blog, Plastic Forever.

If you are interested in learning more about the problem of plastic pollution and how to be part of the solution, Judith and Richard offer the following resources:

- Beth Terry at Fake Plastic Fish shares helpful tips for living plastic free.

- Dr. Hideshige Takada of International Pellet Watch is tracking nurdles, and could use your help with his research.

- Plastic Pollution Coalition is an organization committed to stopping plastic pollution.

- Project Kaisai is a nonprofit seeking to understand the scale of marine pollution.

Making Magic and Art at Creativity Explored: Interview with Amy Taub
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Making Magic and Art at Creativity Explored: Interview with Amy Taub

Amy Taub is the Executive Director of Creativity Explored, a nonprofit arts center in San Francisco, CA where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art.  The studio artists work at one of the two San Francisco studios, which are staffed by over 20 professional artists who act as teachers and guides.  Artworks created by the studio artists are sold through the Creativity Explored Gallery, and also in their online store.  The studio artists receive 50% of all proceeds. The rest is used to support Creativity Explored.

To learn more about Creativity Explored, go to www.creativityexplored.org.

Rituals for Life Milestones: An Interview with Sandra Hobson
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Rituals for Life Milestones: An Interview with Sandra Hobson

Sandra Hobson is a counselor and consultant to individuals and organizations who are interested in using art and indigenous wisdom for personal, community and environmental healing.  She has been an advisor to the Arts and Healing Network since its beginning in the mid-90's.

A world-traveler, Sandra has studied with shamans and native healers from diverse cultures including Peru, Nepal, Ecuador, Mongolia, and more. She carries that wisdom into her counseling practice and into her recently published book, Rituals for Life's Milestones, which includes 15 rituals that anyone could use to create deeper connection and meaning in one's life.

You can learn more about her book at charleshobson.com/books/rituals.html.

The Artist's Way Every Day: A Chat with author, Julia Cameron
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The Artist's Way Every Day: A Chat with author, Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of 32 books, fiction and nonfiction, including her bestselling works on the creative process: The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, Finding Water, and The Writing Diet. A novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television.

Her newest book is The Artist's Way Every: A Year of Creative Living. You can find out more about Julia's work, book, and upcoming workshops at www.theartistsway.com.

Tips for Sharing Your Art with the World: An Interview with Alyson B Stanfield, Artbizcoach.com
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Tips for Sharing Your Art with the World: An Interview with Alyson B Stanfield, Artbizcoach.com

As the founder of ArtBizCoach.com, Alyson B. Stanfield helps teach thousands of artists around the world how to promote their art more effectively and make a better living. She is the author of I'd Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist"s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion and the popular Art Biz Blog.  Alyson is a regular contributor to Art Calendar magazine and has given workshops and keynote addresses in 20 states.

The Arts and Healing Network is delighted to share Alyson's sage advice.  We get many queries about how to support oneself as an artist and we hope that this podcast will answer some of those questions.

Included in this podcast are the "Four Steps for Selling Your Art," which has been a classic way for artists to make a living.  These steps, however are broad enough to be of value to those who are doing non-commercial art as well. 

One of the steps is good communication, and Alyson offers great guidelines and tips for sending e-newsletters and using online tools like Facebook to connect with your audience.  May this information inspire you to share your work more fully with the world.

Creativity Coaching and Expressive Arts Painting: An Interview with Chris Zydel
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Creativity Coaching and Expressive Arts Painting: An Interview with Chris Zydel

Chris Zydel is a self-described "professional believer-in-the-gifts-of-others." She is a creativity coach who teaches expressive arts painting classes out of a wonderful Victorian home in Oakland, CA. As Chris says, "Regularly diving into your creative pool renews your soul, heals your spirit, keeps your inner spark alive and allows you greater intimacy with the full depths of your being. And it's fun!"  Chris has helped countless people over many years discover and deepen their connection to the creative process. On May 12, 2009, The Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, interviewed Chris about her creative journey, the important teachers on her path, the benefits of taking time to retreat, transformational stories from participants in her workshops, and advice for diving more deeply into one's creative work. You can learn more about Chris Zydel on her web site at www.creativejuicesarts.com.

Arts Rising: An Interview with Christopher Ellinger of the Zing Foundation
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Arts Rising: An Interview with Christopher Ellinger of the Zing Foundation

Christopher Ellinger is a multi-talented individual who bridges the worlds of healing arts and philanthropy. Together with his wife Anne, he founded the Zing Foundation which helps generate funding for creative projects that emphasize healing and transformation. Christopher and Anne are also co-directors of True Story Theater, an improvisational performance company that builds community by "playing back" the true life experiences told by members of the audience. On March 24, 2009, Christopher talked with Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, about his latest project, Arts Rising, which aims, "to increase funding for arts and social change by engaging new and existing donors using the funding circle model and educational programming."

Jen Cross: Writing Ourselves Whole
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Jen Cross: Writing Ourselves Whole

Interview from November 26, 2008 with Jen Cross, a freelance writer and facilitator of writing workshops for survivors of sexual abuse, and of erotic writing workshops.   Our conversation begins with Jen describing what happens during a Writing Ourselves Whole Workshop.Check out the Writing Ourselves Whole blog where Jen has written out longer answers to the questions we covered, and some we didn’t get to include.

Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: An Interview with Wendy Johnson
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Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: An Interview with Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is the author of Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World.

You can find out more about Wendy, her book and where she'll be speaking next at www.gardeningatthedragonsgate.com

Ecological Art and Activism: An Interview with Aviva Rahmani
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Ecological Art and Activism: An Interview with Aviva Rahmani

Ecological artist Aviva Rahmani’s current work reflects her interest in the application of mapping analysis to, "explore potential solutions for urban and rural water degradation in large landscapes." She is currently using the Internet to perform residencies, "without the international travel that spews jet fuel over the earth's waters." Virtual Cities and Oceans of If, and the on-going Virtual Concerts address global warming and geo-political conflicts by demonstrating, analyzing and interpreting the local impact of global warming at international real world sites.You can learn more about Rahmani's work at www.ghostnets.com.

Creativity, Dreams & Spirituality: An Interview with Rev. Tristy Taylor
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Creativity, Dreams & Spirituality: An Interview with Rev. Tristy Taylor

In addition to her work as the Arts and Healing Network’s Web Site Coordinator, Reverend Tristy Taylor also works with individuals and groups using dreamwork, art-making, coaching, spiritual direction and meditation.  She holds a Masters degree from the Arts & Consciousness program at John F. Kennedy University, and was ordained in January 2005 after studying at The Chaplaincy Institute for Art and Interfaith Ministry. Reverend Taylor is also the co-Founder of the Church of Craft.You can find out more about Reverend Taylor's work by going to trismegista.com and reading her blog, Create with Spirit

Sing Your Part: An Interview with Rachel Bagby
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Sing Your Part: An Interview with Rachel Bagby

Since 1985, Rachel Bagby has pioneered vibralingual practices that help people form vocal communities for ecological and social healing.  A vocal artist, writer, composer, teacher and founder of Choral Earth, Rachel is internationally recognized for inspiring multiple generations to bring their voices to life.The Arts & Healing Network is very pleased to announce that Rachel is  also the 2008 recipient of the AHN Award which is given annually to an  artist who is truly making a difference in the world. Rachel's most recent project, Choral Earth, is an outstanding example of the power of art to catalyze community and heal the earth.This podcast features a conversation between Rachel and Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network.  To learn more about Rachel’s work, visit www.SingYourPart.comPhoto Credit: Irene Young 

Making Environmental and Public Art: An Interview with Susan Leibovitz Steinman
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Making Environmental and Public Art: An Interview with Susan Leibovitz Steinman

Susan Leibovitz Steinman salvages materials directly from community waste streams to construct public art installations that connect common daily experiences to broader social issues. Projects include conceptual sculpture gardens that meld art, ecology and community action.She also co-founded the Women Environmental Artists Directory.You can learn more about Susan's work on her web site, steinmanstudio.com

Poetry and Healing: An Interview with John Fox of the Institute for Poetic Medicine
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Poetry and Healing: An Interview with John Fox of the Institute for Poetic Medicine

John Fox, Certified Poetry Therapist, is a poet and author of Finding What You Didn't Lose:  Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. He teaches regularly at the collegiate and post graduate level as an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, John F. Kennedy University, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the University of California, Santa Cruz and Holy Names University. His work reaches people in hospitals, churches and retreat centers.John is an international leader in the movement of poetry therapy as an expressive art and medicine. He served as president of National Association of Poetry Therapy in 2003- 2005. He received The National Association for Poetry Therapy's Distinguished Service Award in 1995 and since that time, he has served as a mentor/supervisor in the field of poetry therapy.

Interview with SARK!
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Interview with SARK!

SARK is an author, artist and teacher on the subject of creativity who was featured on the PBS series Women of Wisdom and Power. She practices what she teaches and lives in a Magic Cottage in San Francisco. She has written many books including Make Your Creative Dreams REAL, Prosperity Pie, Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed and A Creative Companion. You can visit her website at www.planetsark.com.

Interview with Sharon Siskin
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Interview with Sharon Siskin

Sharon Siskin has an extensive national exhibition record, showing her work in museums, galleries and public sites for more than 27 years. She is the recipient of awards and grants that include a Visual Arts Fellowship from the California Arts Council in 2003, the 2001 Potrero Nuevo Prize, Noetic Arts Program Community Grant, San Francisco Arts Commission Market Street Art in Transit Commission and 12 California Arts Council Artist in Residence Grants for community-based public art projects in the San Francisco Bay Area AIDS support service community and in the City of Berkeley homeless women and children services community. She was the Artist in Residence at San Francisco Recycling & Disposal, Inc. in the summer of 2004. Her artwork has been featured in numerous publications including Women Artists in the American West, edited by Susan Ressler, Lure of the Local: Sense of Place in a Multicentered Society, by Lucy Lippard, Connecting Conversations: Interviews with 28 Bay Area Women Artists, edited by Moira Roth and Site to Sight, Mapping Bay Area Visual Culture, edited by Lydia Mathiews. She is currently Assistant Professor of Drawing at the University of San Francisco and co-directs with Professor Richard Kamler Arts Outreach: The Artist as Citizen, a year-long program which seeks to embed student art practitioners into communities to collaboratively engage in community-based art. She has also taught as a member of the Core Faculty as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Department of Arts and Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University and California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco Art Institute, California State University at Hayward and the University of New Mexico as well as at several California Community Colleges. She is a recognized leader in the field of community-based public art and is the founder of Positive Art in 1988, an art project in the Bay Area AIDS community continuing to provide a model for many communities internationally. She has lectured extensively in art colleges, universities, professional conferences, galleries and museums throughout the United States.

Interviews with 10 Arts and Healing Award Winners
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Interviews with 10 Arts and Healing Award Winners

2007 marks the tenth anniversary of the Arts and Healing Network Award.  Each year the Arts and Healing Network honors a healing artist who is truly making a difference in the world with an award of $10,000. The Network offers this award as a surprise gift. There is no application. Our hope is that this award will offer the recipient inspiration and support to continue and expand their outstanding work.   To celebrate the award's anniversary, we asked each of the award winners to tell us a little bit about their work today, and why they think art is healing or a catalyst for positive change.  Some of their stories are short, some are long, but all of them are inspiring examples of the healing power of art:1998 Bill Witherspoon1999 Marilyn Wood2000 Betsy Damon2001 Bonnie Ora Sherk2002 Lily Yeh2003 Patricia Johanson2004 Bill Talen2005 Tim Lefens2006 Anna Halperin2007 Lynne HullThe Arts and Healing Podcast is a project of The Arts and Healing Network, an online resource for people interested in the healing potential of art.  You can join the Arts and Healing Network community at artheals.org and you can contact us anytime at ahn@artheals.org.

Interview with Alli Chagi-Starr of Art in Action
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Interview with Alli Chagi-Starr of Art in Action

Alli is a Co-Founder and the Development & Events Director of Art in Action, Youth Leadership Training. She conducts the dance, theater, and anti-oppression workshops at the Art in Action camps.  She is also the Art and Media Director for Reclaim the Future at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland. Alli is a co-founder of Dancers Without Borders, Another World in Possible Road Shows, and the twelve-year-old Radical Performance Fest. She also co-founded Art and Revolution, a national movement of artist and activists. She has been a presenter on radio shows, at conferences, and has taught art activism across the U.S. and Canada. Her essays have appeared in Democratizing the Global Economy, Global Uprising, Voices from the WTO, The Political Edge and How to Stop the Next War Now. Currently, Alli is working to complete her book, Movements for Mass Movements.

Interview with Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network
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Interview with Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network

Mary Daniel Hobson is the Director of the Arts and Healing Network. At the age of 14, she became captivated by photography and has been pursuing it ever since. Trained as an art historian, her work draws deep inspiration from Surrealism, in particular the work of Dora Maar. Whether creating intimate collages or bottling photographs, her mixed media photography explores inner geography and layered experience. Her work has been widely exhibited and is in collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Albuquerque Museum. She is also advisory faculty at the Arts & Consciousness Department at JFK University in Berkeley, CA, offering courses in Transformative Arts and Photography. You can see Danny's art on her web site, marydanielhobson.com

The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie Siegel
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The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie Siegel

Dr. Bernie Siegel is the author of The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing. Bernie retired from general and pediatric surgical practice in 1989, and has since dedicated himself to humanizing the medical establishment's approach to patients, and to empowering patients to induce their own healing.

After studying the use of crayon drawings by patients faceing life-threatening diseases, Bernie founded Exceptional Cancer Patients to facilitate self-induced healings. Bernie realized that we can aid our bodies' innate propensity to heal through what are currently seen as uncoventional practices, including drawing, visualization, dreams, love, and laughter.

You can learn more about Bernie's work and his books at berniesiegelmd.com and follow him on Twitter at @BernieSiegelMD.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Pat Schneider
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Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Pat Schneider

Pat Schneider is the author of How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice. She is the author of ten books including five volumes of poems, Writing Alone & With Others, and Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography. Her libretti have been performed and recorded at Tangelwood and in Carnegie Hall by Robert Shaw & the Atlanta Symphony. Her work has been featured on NPR, National Public Television, and fourteen times on Garrison Keilor's "Writers Almanac." Pat is the founder and director emerita of Amherst Writers and Artists and AWA Press. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Pacific School of Religion in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. You can learn more about Pat and her work at www.patschneider.com.

Crafting Calm: Interview with Maggie Oman Shannon
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Crafting Calm: Interview with Maggie Oman Shannon

Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and lifelong crafter whose passion is exploring the relationship between creativity and spirituality. Her newest book is Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation.

A former magazine editor and creativity coach, she is the the author of five previous books, including Prayers for Healing. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and young daughter (who also loves to craft), and currently serves at the Spiritual Director of Unity Spritual Center of San Francisco.

You can connect with Maggie on her website www.maggieomanshannon.com, Facebook and Pinterest.

Art Break Day Co-Founder and Transformative Artist, Lisa Rasmussen
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Art Break Day Co-Founder and Transformative Artist, Lisa Rasmussen

Lisa Rasmussen is a transformative artist, educator, curator, and art advocate who truly believes and embodies the notion that art can change and heal the world. Lisa is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Art is Moving, and the 3rd Annual Art Break Day. Art Break Day is a communty art-reach event that offers thousands of people the means and space to connect with their community via the art-making process. She is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Art 4 All People and AY Atelier Art, an international sanctuary for arts and consciousness in Malibu, and in virtual reality.

In March 2013, Lisa was awarded Alumni of the Year from JFK University for her deep service to the Arts and Consciousness profession, and community. Additionally, Lisa pioneered an award-winning expressive art program for emotionally traumatized and abused youth, and developed a professional art gallery for the residents of Lincoln Child Center, a mental health faciity in Oakland, CA.  She has also taught intuitive and expressive art to elders, at-risk teens, and has been an art coach for adults. In 2008, she was awarded Graduate Student of the Year from JFK University's Holistic Studies Program for her transformative work with the children at Lincoln Child Center, and for her MFA graduate solo exhibition. 

Lisa is a professional artist, and her paintings are her spiritual practice. Her current work is being exhibited in various galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco. You can connect with Lisa at www.artismovingnow.com, www.art4allpeople.com, and www.ayatelierart.com.

Moccasins and Microphones: Timothy McLaughlin, Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program
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Moccasins and Microphones: Timothy McLaughlin, Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program

Timothy McLaughlin is a poet, teacher and the founder of the Spoken Word Program at the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS). This program empowers students to create original poetry – which incorporates Native languages and philosophies – and then perform that poetry for diverse audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. He and his students have received numerous awards and have been featured on many radio and television programs. You can learn more about the SFIS Spoken Word Program at www.sfisspokenword.org.Originally from Washington DC, Timothy has been teaching in Native communities since 1997. He was named the University of Virginia Madison House Alumni of the Year in 2007 for his dedication to service work. Timothy has also produced the poetry CD, Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling Through Performance Poetry, and is the editor of the book Walking on the Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School (Abrams Books 2012). His writing has appeared in several publications, including The Declaration and Radical Grace

Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project: Interview with Elana Haviv
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Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project: Interview with Elana Haviv

Elana Haviv is the Founder and Executive Director of the Children's Movement for Creative Education (CMCE). Elana is an education and human rights specialist. Through her flagship organization, CMCE, she has created academic and artistic programs to guide childrena and youth to understand and overcome the effects of violent world events on themselves and their communities, and to become global citizens. She designed The Telling History Project: Understanding the Past to Create the Future, a curriculum to teach students about human rights. After 9/11, Elana spearheaded the development and implementation of the art-based CMCE 9/11 Trauma Relief Project in New York City schools. She also continued to create art-based healing programs in post-war Bosnia. More recently, in response to Hurricane Sandy, Elana founded the Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project which was recently featured in The Huffington Post article, Art Heals Heartache for Sandy Kids. You can learn more about CMCE on their website, childrensmovement.org.

EngAGE and The Art of Aging: An Interview with Tim Carpenter
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EngAGE and The Art of Aging: An Interview with Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter is the founder of EngAGE, a nonprofit that changes aging, and the way people think about aging, by transforming senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors living in Southern California.

Tim also catalyzed the creation of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a first-of-its-kind senior apartment community with high-end arts amenities and programs. The NOHO Senior Arts Colony and the Long Beach Senior Arts Colony will open in 2012.

In 2008, Tim was elected an Ashoka Fellow for being one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world. In 2011, he received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.  He also serves on the board of the National Center for Creative Aging, and is the host and producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show.

Creating Time with Marney Makridakis
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Creating Time with Marney Makridakis

Marney Makridakisis the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds, and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach for self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at artellaland.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/CreatingTime.

Lori Portka's 100 Thank Yous: A Gratitude Painting Project
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Lori Portka's 100 Thank Yous: A Gratitude Painting Project

Lori Portka is an art creator and love radiator. Her artwork is made with an open heart carrying the intention to spread love and healing.  Lori's designs appear on greeting cards, prints, calendars and magazines internationally, and reach other sweet souls who connect with her genuine and compassionate spirit.  You can learn more about Lori and her A Hundred Thank Yous project on her website, loriportka.com, and follow her on Twitter at @loriportka.

Reminder: The nomination deadline for the Arts and Healing Network Award is May 15th. For more information, go to:www.artheals.org/projects/ahn_award.html

Desire to Inspire: Interview with Christine Mason Miller
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Desire to Inspire: Interview with Christine Mason Miller

Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Monica based writer and artist who has been creating, writing and exploring since she was a little girl.  Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for all of her creative work.  The desire to encourage others to pursue their passions and create a meaningful life is the common thread throughout an expansive body of work that includes mixed media collage, commercial illustration, photography, writing, teaching and speaking.  Her latest book is Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World. You can learn more about Christine and her work on her website, christinemasonmiller.com, and connect with her on Twitter at @swirlygirl18.

South African Muralist and Artist, Ricky Lee Gordon
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South African Muralist and Artist, Ricky Lee Gordon

"I believe color creates energy, and I believe energy creates inspiration, and then I think inspiration creates the change.  If you can create color, which murals do, then you're making a massive impact." ~ Ricky Lee Gordon

Ricky Lee Gordon is a South African muralist and artist who goes by the name of Freddy Sam.  He is the founder of three initiatives.  The first is Write on Africa, a community art and inspiration project that creates murals and workshops in poor communities to uplift and inspire social change.  Their philosophy is, "Inspire ourselves to inspire others to inspire change."  The second project he founded and directs is A Word of Art, which includes an art space, art projects, and an international art residency program dedicated to celebrating new art and emerging young artists. The third is the Woodstock Industrial Center, a derelict industrial building in the heart of Woodstock, a suburb of Cape Town, where together with a willing landlord he has now brought in over 75 creative tenants. The building now has a coffee shop, skate park and bookshop, and hosts talks, exhibitions, movie nights, dinners and drawing evenings.

Ricky Lee is one of three recipients of the 2011 AHN Awards.  The Arts and Healing Network is so impressed by his incredible creative vision and use of art to revitalize and transform his neighborhood of Woodstock.

To learn more about Ricky Lee's work, please visit his websites at www.writeonafrica.org and www.freddysam.com. You can also read an interview by Arts and Healing Network Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, with Ricky Lee on the Arts and Healing Network.

Raw Art Journaling with Quinn McDonald
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Raw Art Journaling with Quinn McDonald

Quinn McDonald is the author of Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art.  Quinn is a business and creativity coach.  She writes the "Business of Art" column for Somerset Studio magazine, and "The Raw Edge" coaching column for Art Quilting Studio.  She's also a regular contributor to Create Mixed Media, F&W Media's art blog.  Quinn uses coaching to help people find, or develop their careers, and to incorporate creativity in their lives.  She believes that communicating is also an art form.You can learn more about Quinn on her website, quinncreative.com, her blog, quinncreative.wordpress.com, Facebook, facebook.com/quinn.mcdonald, and Twitter @quinncreative.

Art Saves: Interview with Jenny Doh
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Art Saves: Interview with Jenny Doh

Jenny Doh is the author of Art Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art.  Jenny is the Founder and President of CRESCENDOh, a company that inspires creative passion, authentic community, and focused compassion.  CRESCENDOh also works with publishers to create books about art, crafting, and inspiration.  In addition to Art Saves, she also authored Creative Pilgrimage, Signature Styles, and co-authored Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration In the Studio and Behind the Scenes with Extraordinary Women.  Prior to CRESCENDOh, she worked for six years as Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio Magazine.  You can learn more about Jenny and her work at CRESCENDOh.com and follow her on Twitter at @crescendoh and @jennydoh.

Healing with Photography: Interview with Susannah Conway
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Healing with Photography: Interview with Susannah Conway

Susannah Conway is a photographer, writer and the creator of the Unravelling e-courses. A Polaroid addict and very proud aunt, she is currently editing her first book, This I Know: Notes on Unravelling the Heart, which will be available in spring of 2012. You can read more about Susannah and her shenanigans on her blog at www.susannahconway.com and connect with her on Twitter at @photobird

Saved by a Poem: Interview with Kim Rosen
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Saved by a Poem: Interview with Kim Rosen

"When the inner and the outer are wedded, revelation occurs." - Hildegard of Bingen

Kim Rosen is the author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words.  Combining her devotion to poetry with her background as a spiritual teacher and therapist, Kim has touched listeners around the world with poetry's power to awaken, inspire, and heal.  She gives poetry concerts, lectures, and workshops in the U.S. and abroad.  You can learn more about her work at kimrosen.net.  You can also connect with her on the Saved by a Poem Facebook Page, and on Twitter at @savedbyapoem.

Some of the poems, poets, and books Kim mentions during the interview are:

  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath
  • David Whyte
  • Mary Oliver
  • Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
  • "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou
  • "Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye

Inner Excavation with Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media: Interview with Liz Lamoreux
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Inner Excavation with Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media: Interview with Liz Lamoreux

Liz Lamoreux believes in the importance of unearthing our stories so that we can see where we stand on our paths and where we want to go. She is currently sharing this inward journey through her new book, Inner Excavations: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media, the Be Present Retreats, and the stories she shares in her Etsy store, The Little Room. She lives in a little house in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, daughter Ellie Jane, and a golden retriever named Millie. In this interview by Britt Bravo, Liz speaks about the healing possibilities in art making, writing, group process and the importance of being present. 

You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Be the Star You Are: Interview with Jamie Ridler
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Be the Star You Are: Interview with Jamie Ridler

Jamie Ridler is a professional creative self-development coach who is passionate about authentic living and creativity.  She is a certified coach who has a certificate in the Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy from ISIS in Toronto.  She also completed training in Body-Centered Coaching with Marlena Field, has a Blue Belt in Nia, and has an M.A. in Drama from the Drama Centre of the University of Toronto.

You can found out more about Jamie at http://jamieridlerstudios.ca, and be sure to check out her fabulous podcast, Creative Living with Jamie. You can follow her on Twitter at @starshyne.You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Greenmuseum.org, Giftivism & Generosity: Interview with Sam Bower & Anne Veh
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Greenmuseum.org, Giftivism & Generosity: Interview with Sam Bower & Anne Veh

November is Art Every Day Month: Founder, Leah Piken Kolidas
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November is Art Every Day Month: Founder, Leah Piken Kolidas

Leah Piken Kolidas is a mixed-media artist and creativity guide living near Boston, MA with her husband and their four fuzzy cats.  She loves sipping hot chocolate, wearing silly socks, and everything turquoise.  Leah blogs about creativity and art at CreativeEveryDay.com, where she also leads Art Every Day Month (every November) and the year-long Creative Every Day Challenge. You can view more of her art at BlueTreeArtGallery.com and follow her on Twitter at leah_art.

You can listen and subscribe to the Arts and Healing Podcast on iTunes.

Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang: Transforming Plastic Trash into Art
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Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang: Transforming Plastic Trash into Art

For over ten years, artists Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting trash together on Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California, and turning it into playful and powerful works of art that raise awareness about ocean pollution.  The plastic they collect has become everything from sculptural wall art to digital prints, a wedding dress, jewelry, a mobile car sculpture, and more.  Ultimately, their work combines fun and passionate obsession with a thoughtful message about ocean pollution, recycling and creative re-use.

In June 2010, the Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, interviewed them at their home and studio in Forest Knolls, CA about art, passion, collaboration, collecting, the importance of place, and the tragedy of plastic polluting our oceans. Judith and Richard were also one of the 2009 recipients of the AHN Award.

You can learn more about their work at beachplastic.com, and read anecdotes about their plastic collecting and artmaking on their blog, Plastic Forever.

If you are interested in learning more about the problem of plastic pollution and how to be part of the solution, Judith and Richard offer the following resources:

- Beth Terry at Fake Plastic Fish shares helpful tips for living plastic free.

- Dr. Hideshige Takada of International Pellet Watch is tracking nurdles, and could use your help with his research.

- Plastic Pollution Coalition is an organization committed to stopping plastic pollution.

- Project Kaisai is a nonprofit seeking to understand the scale of marine pollution.

Making Magic and Art at Creativity Explored: Interview with Amy Taub
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Making Magic and Art at Creativity Explored: Interview with Amy Taub

Amy Taub is the Executive Director of Creativity Explored, a nonprofit arts center in San Francisco, CA where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art.  The studio artists work at one of the two San Francisco studios, which are staffed by over 20 professional artists who act as teachers and guides.  Artworks created by the studio artists are sold through the Creativity Explored Gallery, and also in their online store.  The studio artists receive 50% of all proceeds. The rest is used to support Creativity Explored.

To learn more about Creativity Explored, go to www.creativityexplored.org.

Rituals for Life Milestones: An Interview with Sandra Hobson
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Rituals for Life Milestones: An Interview with Sandra Hobson

Sandra Hobson is a counselor and consultant to individuals and organizations who are interested in using art and indigenous wisdom for personal, community and environmental healing.  She has been an advisor to the Arts and Healing Network since its beginning in the mid-90's.

A world-traveler, Sandra has studied with shamans and native healers from diverse cultures including Peru, Nepal, Ecuador, Mongolia, and more. She carries that wisdom into her counseling practice and into her recently published book, Rituals for Life's Milestones, which includes 15 rituals that anyone could use to create deeper connection and meaning in one's life.

You can learn more about her book at charleshobson.com/books/rituals.html.

The Artist's Way Every Day: A Chat with author, Julia Cameron
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The Artist's Way Every Day: A Chat with author, Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of 32 books, fiction and nonfiction, including her bestselling works on the creative process: The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, Finding Water, and The Writing Diet. A novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television.

Her newest book is The Artist's Way Every: A Year of Creative Living. You can find out more about Julia's work, book, and upcoming workshops at www.theartistsway.com.

Tips for Sharing Your Art with the World: An Interview with Alyson B Stanfield, Artbizcoach.com
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Tips for Sharing Your Art with the World: An Interview with Alyson B Stanfield, Artbizcoach.com

As the founder of ArtBizCoach.com, Alyson B. Stanfield helps teach thousands of artists around the world how to promote their art more effectively and make a better living. She is the author of I'd Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist"s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion and the popular Art Biz Blog.  Alyson is a regular contributor to Art Calendar magazine and has given workshops and keynote addresses in 20 states.

The Arts and Healing Network is delighted to share Alyson's sage advice.  We get many queries about how to support oneself as an artist and we hope that this podcast will answer some of those questions.

Included in this podcast are the "Four Steps for Selling Your Art," which has been a classic way for artists to make a living.  These steps, however are broad enough to be of value to those who are doing non-commercial art as well. 

One of the steps is good communication, and Alyson offers great guidelines and tips for sending e-newsletters and using online tools like Facebook to connect with your audience.  May this information inspire you to share your work more fully with the world.

Creativity Coaching and Expressive Arts Painting: An Interview with Chris Zydel
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Creativity Coaching and Expressive Arts Painting: An Interview with Chris Zydel

Chris Zydel is a self-described "professional believer-in-the-gifts-of-others." She is a creativity coach who teaches expressive arts painting classes out of a wonderful Victorian home in Oakland, CA. As Chris says, "Regularly diving into your creative pool renews your soul, heals your spirit, keeps your inner spark alive and allows you greater intimacy with the full depths of your being. And it's fun!"  Chris has helped countless people over many years discover and deepen their connection to the creative process. On May 12, 2009, The Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, interviewed Chris about her creative journey, the important teachers on her path, the benefits of taking time to retreat, transformational stories from participants in her workshops, and advice for diving more deeply into one's creative work. You can learn more about Chris Zydel on her web site at www.creativejuicesarts.com.

Arts Rising: An Interview with Christopher Ellinger of the Zing Foundation
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Arts Rising: An Interview with Christopher Ellinger of the Zing Foundation

Christopher Ellinger is a multi-talented individual who bridges the worlds of healing arts and philanthropy. Together with his wife Anne, he founded the Zing Foundation which helps generate funding for creative projects that emphasize healing and transformation. Christopher and Anne are also co-directors of True Story Theater, an improvisational performance company that builds community by "playing back" the true life experiences told by members of the audience. On March 24, 2009, Christopher talked with Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, about his latest project, Arts Rising, which aims, "to increase funding for arts and social change by engaging new and existing donors using the funding circle model and educational programming."

Jen Cross: Writing Ourselves Whole
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Jen Cross: Writing Ourselves Whole

Interview from November 26, 2008 with Jen Cross, a freelance writer and facilitator of writing workshops for survivors of sexual abuse, and of erotic writing workshops.   Our conversation begins with Jen describing what happens during a Writing Ourselves Whole Workshop.Check out the Writing Ourselves Whole blog where Jen has written out longer answers to the questions we covered, and some we didn’t get to include.

Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: An Interview with Wendy Johnson
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Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: An Interview with Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is the author of Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World.

You can find out more about Wendy, her book and where she'll be speaking next at www.gardeningatthedragonsgate.com

Ecological Art and Activism: An Interview with Aviva Rahmani
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Ecological Art and Activism: An Interview with Aviva Rahmani

Ecological artist Aviva Rahmani’s current work reflects her interest in the application of mapping analysis to, "explore potential solutions for urban and rural water degradation in large landscapes." She is currently using the Internet to perform residencies, "without the international travel that spews jet fuel over the earth's waters." Virtual Cities and Oceans of If, and the on-going Virtual Concerts address global warming and geo-political conflicts by demonstrating, analyzing and interpreting the local impact of global warming at international real world sites.You can learn more about Rahmani's work at www.ghostnets.com.

Creativity, Dreams & Spirituality: An Interview with Rev. Tristy Taylor
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Creativity, Dreams & Spirituality: An Interview with Rev. Tristy Taylor

In addition to her work as the Arts and Healing Network’s Web Site Coordinator, Reverend Tristy Taylor also works with individuals and groups using dreamwork, art-making, coaching, spiritual direction and meditation.  She holds a Masters degree from the Arts & Consciousness program at John F. Kennedy University, and was ordained in January 2005 after studying at The Chaplaincy Institute for Art and Interfaith Ministry. Reverend Taylor is also the co-Founder of the Church of Craft.You can find out more about Reverend Taylor's work by going to trismegista.com and reading her blog, Create with Spirit

Sing Your Part: An Interview with Rachel Bagby
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Sing Your Part: An Interview with Rachel Bagby

Since 1985, Rachel Bagby has pioneered vibralingual practices that help people form vocal communities for ecological and social healing.  A vocal artist, writer, composer, teacher and founder of Choral Earth, Rachel is internationally recognized for inspiring multiple generations to bring their voices to life.The Arts & Healing Network is very pleased to announce that Rachel is  also the 2008 recipient of the AHN Award which is given annually to an  artist who is truly making a difference in the world. Rachel's most recent project, Choral Earth, is an outstanding example of the power of art to catalyze community and heal the earth.This podcast features a conversation between Rachel and Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network.  To learn more about Rachel’s work, visit www.SingYourPart.comPhoto Credit: Irene Young 

Making Environmental and Public Art: An Interview with Susan Leibovitz Steinman
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Making Environmental and Public Art: An Interview with Susan Leibovitz Steinman

Susan Leibovitz Steinman salvages materials directly from community waste streams to construct public art installations that connect common daily experiences to broader social issues. Projects include conceptual sculpture gardens that meld art, ecology and community action.She also co-founded the Women Environmental Artists Directory.You can learn more about Susan's work on her web site, steinmanstudio.com

Poetry and Healing: An Interview with John Fox of the Institute for Poetic Medicine
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Poetry and Healing: An Interview with John Fox of the Institute for Poetic Medicine

John Fox, Certified Poetry Therapist, is a poet and author of Finding What You Didn't Lose:  Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. He teaches regularly at the collegiate and post graduate level as an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, John F. Kennedy University, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the University of California, Santa Cruz and Holy Names University. His work reaches people in hospitals, churches and retreat centers.John is an international leader in the movement of poetry therapy as an expressive art and medicine. He served as president of National Association of Poetry Therapy in 2003- 2005. He received The National Association for Poetry Therapy's Distinguished Service Award in 1995 and since that time, he has served as a mentor/supervisor in the field of poetry therapy.

Interview with SARK!
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Interview with SARK!

SARK is an author, artist and teacher on the subject of creativity who was featured on the PBS series Women of Wisdom and Power. She practices what she teaches and lives in a Magic Cottage in San Francisco. She has written many books including Make Your Creative Dreams REAL, Prosperity Pie, Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed and A Creative Companion. You can visit her website at www.planetsark.com.

Interview with Sharon Siskin
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Interview with Sharon Siskin

Sharon Siskin has an extensive national exhibition record, showing her work in museums, galleries and public sites for more than 27 years. She is the recipient of awards and grants that include a Visual Arts Fellowship from the California Arts Council in 2003, the 2001 Potrero Nuevo Prize, Noetic Arts Program Community Grant, San Francisco Arts Commission Market Street Art in Transit Commission and 12 California Arts Council Artist in Residence Grants for community-based public art projects in the San Francisco Bay Area AIDS support service community and in the City of Berkeley homeless women and children services community. She was the Artist in Residence at San Francisco Recycling & Disposal, Inc. in the summer of 2004. Her artwork has been featured in numerous publications including Women Artists in the American West, edited by Susan Ressler, Lure of the Local: Sense of Place in a Multicentered Society, by Lucy Lippard, Connecting Conversations: Interviews with 28 Bay Area Women Artists, edited by Moira Roth and Site to Sight, Mapping Bay Area Visual Culture, edited by Lydia Mathiews. She is currently Assistant Professor of Drawing at the University of San Francisco and co-directs with Professor Richard Kamler Arts Outreach: The Artist as Citizen, a year-long program which seeks to embed student art practitioners into communities to collaboratively engage in community-based art. She has also taught as a member of the Core Faculty as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Department of Arts and Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University and California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco Art Institute, California State University at Hayward and the University of New Mexico as well as at several California Community Colleges. She is a recognized leader in the field of community-based public art and is the founder of Positive Art in 1988, an art project in the Bay Area AIDS community continuing to provide a model for many communities internationally. She has lectured extensively in art colleges, universities, professional conferences, galleries and museums throughout the United States.

Interviews with 10 Arts and Healing Award Winners
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Interviews with 10 Arts and Healing Award Winners

2007 marks the tenth anniversary of the Arts and Healing Network Award.  Each year the Arts and Healing Network honors a healing artist who is truly making a difference in the world with an award of $10,000. The Network offers this award as a surprise gift. There is no application. Our hope is that this award will offer the recipient inspiration and support to continue and expand their outstanding work.   To celebrate the award's anniversary, we asked each of the award winners to tell us a little bit about their work today, and why they think art is healing or a catalyst for positive change.  Some of their stories are short, some are long, but all of them are inspiring examples of the healing power of art:1998 Bill Witherspoon1999 Marilyn Wood2000 Betsy Damon2001 Bonnie Ora Sherk2002 Lily Yeh2003 Patricia Johanson2004 Bill Talen2005 Tim Lefens2006 Anna Halperin2007 Lynne HullThe Arts and Healing Podcast is a project of The Arts and Healing Network, an online resource for people interested in the healing potential of art.  You can join the Arts and Healing Network community at artheals.org and you can contact us anytime at ahn@artheals.org.

Interview with Alli Chagi-Starr of Art in Action
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Interview with Alli Chagi-Starr of Art in Action

Alli is a Co-Founder and the Development & Events Director of Art in Action, Youth Leadership Training. She conducts the dance, theater, and anti-oppression workshops at the Art in Action camps.  She is also the Art and Media Director for Reclaim the Future at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland. Alli is a co-founder of Dancers Without Borders, Another World in Possible Road Shows, and the twelve-year-old Radical Performance Fest. She also co-founded Art and Revolution, a national movement of artist and activists. She has been a presenter on radio shows, at conferences, and has taught art activism across the U.S. and Canada. Her essays have appeared in Democratizing the Global Economy, Global Uprising, Voices from the WTO, The Political Edge and How to Stop the Next War Now. Currently, Alli is working to complete her book, Movements for Mass Movements.

Interview with Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network
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Interview with Mary Daniel Hobson, Director of the Arts and Healing Network

Mary Daniel Hobson is the Director of the Arts and Healing Network. At the age of 14, she became captivated by photography and has been pursuing it ever since. Trained as an art historian, her work draws deep inspiration from Surrealism, in particular the work of Dora Maar. Whether creating intimate collages or bottling photographs, her mixed media photography explores inner geography and layered experience. Her work has been widely exhibited and is in collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Albuquerque Museum. She is also advisory faculty at the Arts & Consciousness Department at JFK University in Berkeley, CA, offering courses in Transformative Arts and Photography. You can see Danny's art on her web site, marydanielhobson.com