What We Do
Our mission is to support emotional healing through art and creative expression for those living with pain, grief, fear or stress.
Our programs provide support, acknowledgement, and personal acceptance to those who may be experiencing illness, homelessness, abuse, or painful challenges in life.
We give pain a voice and meaning by providing expressive abstract art workshops to support emotional healing.
We’re different from other art programs. Our Art4Healing® curriculum contains strictly guided exercises, rather than loosely formatted art sessions. These exercises are specially designed to elicit emotional responses. Participants leave encouraged, with enhanced clarity and insight.
Art4Healing® vs. Art Therapy
We are NOT an Art Therapy provider. We share art as a tool for self-expression and self-exploration. The structure of the Art4Healing® sessions makes clear that the leaders are facilitators of the creative process, not therapists guiding it. ACFH facilitators don’t offer any interpretation or diagnosis.
The focus remains on the participants in charge of their own exploration. The fact that this process is therapeutic DOES NOT make it art therapy.
Art therapy is actually a legally separate institution and field of practice.
Who We Serve
Our trained and certified facilitators share the unique Art4Healing® have helped tens of thousands of people use art as a tool for self-expression.
We also offer the only accredited certification program in the Art4Healing® method. Certification training is provided solely in the Laguna Hills studio.
Our workshops are in our studio in Laguna Hills. Select courses are also offered online.
We work with more than 35 non-profit program partners in Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles counties, serving:
Female domestic violence victims at Human Options Emergency Shelter and CSP, Inc.
Children and teens struggling with anger and dysfunction through FaCT Orange County and the Orange County Dept. of Education, ACCESS, Western Youth Services
Children hospitalized with cancer at CHOC
Seniors struggling with grief at Dorothy Visser Senior Center, Florence Sylvester Senior Center, and The City of San Juan Capistrano Senior Center
Active military, veterans, and their families on Camp Pendleton at the Naval Hospital and the San Onofre School
Homeless children and their families at American Family Housing Shelter for the Homeless Program, Illumination Foundation, L.A. CADA, OC Rescue Mission, Project HOPE Alliance, Recuperative Recovery Care Center (Illumination Foundation), Regina House (Mercy House), Skyview Elementary and Middle School, and Someone Cares Soup Kitchen
Tens of thousands of participants have found our creative intervention invaluable when dealing with life’s pains. It’s our mission to make that number grow!
As a Not for Profit Organization, we rely on your donations to thrive and grow! We take donations through Qgiv, a partner service. You will be redirected there to share your generosity.
How We Started
The history of Art & Creativity for Healing has an interesting beginning. Laurie Zagon went from being a New York artist and university professor to facilitating a workshop for overworked Wall Street executives.
Zagon asked the executives if they wanted to take the semester course she was teaching at the City University of New York.
“No! We just want to take one class and mess up a canvas for a few hours.”
Within twenty minutes, the Armani-clad executives had become five year-olds painting, free of stress.
She knew she was on to something.