Results

Our results speak for themselves.  Surveys and testimonials agree – Art & Creativity for Healing makes a positive difference!

Participant Results

Research

Special Report on Art and the Brain

We’ve collected information from a variety of sources, and the results are overwhelming: exposure to visual art and participation in creative activities creates positive brain changes.

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Reports

2016 Program Outcome Data (PDF):

FACT Programs

Executive Summary | Full Report

Austim / Expressions in Color

Executive Summary | Full Report

Creative Tools for Homeless Children

Full Report

Healing for Heroes

Executive Summary | Full Report

Out of the Darkness

Executive Summary

Vintage Colors (healing over 60)

Executive Summary | Full Report

Testimonials

Hear from people who have first-hand experience with our methods:

Beauty Out of Pain

“Art4Healing has introduced me to a new way of life. It is very helpful in expressing my feelings and leaving them on canvas rather than having to talk about them. I am able to create something beautiful out of event my most painful memories. These workshops have had a major positive impact on my life.”

CPL Priscila Suarez, Workshop Participant

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2016-10-22T17:13:17+00:00

CPL Priscila Suarez, Workshop Participant

“Art4Healing has introduced me to a new way of life. It is very helpful in expressing my feelings and leaving them on canvas rather than having to talk about them. I am able to create something beautiful out of event my most painful memories. These workshops have had a major positive impact on my life.”

A Beautiful Process

“The Painting Hope workshop was such a freeing way to reflect, release, and refresh how hope has played a role in my life. The opportunity to connect with myself AND with other is such a beautiful process.”

M. Sauder, Workshop Participant

Art & Creativity for Healing
2016-10-22T17:16:36+00:00

M. Sauder, Workshop Participant

“The Painting Hope workshop was such a freeing way to reflect, release, and refresh how hope has played a role in my life. The opportunity to connect with myself AND with other is such a beautiful process.”

Want to Grow?

“This class can reach places of the heart. Ask yourself if you want to grow.”

Anonymous Workshop Participant

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2016-10-22T17:02:30+00:00

Anonymous Workshop Participant

“This class can reach places of the heart. Ask yourself if you want to grow.”

Like Going Back to Preschool

“I have attended several Art4Healing workshops and they have all been GREAT! They are fun, relaxing, enlightening, and totally cathartic. Don't worry if you're not an artist--it's like going back to preschool, just having fun with colors. I always learn something new about myself, and leave feeling so much better. Try this unique experience and see for yourself!”

Harvest R., Workshop Participant and Volunteer

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2016-10-22T17:14:13+00:00

Harvest R., Workshop Participant and Volunteer

“I have attended several Art4Healing workshops and they have all been GREAT! They are fun, relaxing, enlightening, and totally cathartic. Don't worry if you're not an artist--it's like going back to preschool, just having fun with colors. I always learn something new about myself, and leave feeling so much better. Try this unique experience and see for yourself!”

Truly Enjoyable

“Art for Healing classes are relaxing and allow participants to find their creativity inside. Truly enjoyable classes...great for children and adults. The Art & Creativity for Healing team are well prepared and organized and encourage expression of all feelings.”

D. Torres, Workshop Participant

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2016-10-22T17:04:22+00:00

D. Torres, Workshop Participant

“Art for Healing classes are relaxing and allow participants to find their creativity inside. Truly enjoyable classes...great for children and adults. The Art & Creativity for Healing team are well prepared and organized and encourage expression of all feelings.”

Got My Feelings Out

“This art class helped me get out a lot of feelings that were making me feel mad all the time”

Ramone, Age 16, Workshop Participant / FaCT program

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2016-10-22T17:18:29+00:00

Ramone, Age 16, Workshop Participant / FaCT program

“This art class helped me get out a lot of feelings that were making me feel mad all the time”

Light After Grief

“ My son and I enrolled in the bereavement 4 week class and found it to be a great release of our sadness and a very special way to make memories of the loved ones we were grieving. Hearing everyone else’s story was a great reminder that we are not alone in our grief. Thank you so much for this awesome program that opens the windows of our souls and lets the light back in!”

Sherry and Robert - Workshop Participants

Art & Creativity for Healing
2016-10-22T17:21:06+00:00

Sherry and Robert - Workshop Participants

“ My son and I enrolled in the bereavement 4 week class and found it to be a great release of our sadness and a very special way to make memories of the loved ones we were grieving. Hearing everyone else’s story was a great reminder that we are not alone in our grief. Thank you so much for this awesome program that opens the windows of our souls and lets the light back in!”

Inexpressible expression

“The easy, yet powerful techniques and non-judgmental techniques of Art4Healing give expression to the inexpressible that is beyond the spoken language.”

Judith, Workshop Participant

Art & Creativity for Healing
2016-10-22T17:10:19+00:00

Judith, Workshop Participant

“The easy, yet powerful techniques and non-judgmental techniques of Art4Healing give expression to the inexpressible that is beyond the spoken language.”

Right When We Needed You

“ACFH was such a blessing and right when we needed it. My husband and I were able to both enjoy an incredible class with Laurie. My husband served in the Marine Corps for 10 years. He was injured in combat on his second deployment and then deployed twice more after that…We both found so much healing in our paintings. Thank you for all that you do!”

Anonymous Workshop Participant

Art & Creativity for Healing
2016-10-22T16:48:50+00:00

Anonymous Workshop Participant

“ACFH was such a blessing and right when we needed it. My husband and I were able to both enjoy an incredible class with Laurie. My husband served in the Marine Corps for 10 years. He was injured in combat on his second deployment and then deployed twice more after that…We both found so much healing in our paintings. Thank you for all that you do!”

Military Thanks

“We are a military family and all 3 of our boys have gotten to participate in an Art4Healing workshop at San Onofre School. They love the experience and look forward to it each year! Thanks art for healing!!”

Adams Family

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2016-10-22T16:47:05+00:00

Adams Family

“We are a military family and all 3 of our boys have gotten to participate in an Art4Healing workshop at San Onofre School. They love the experience and look forward to it each year! Thanks art for healing!!”

Okay to Feel Pain

“I have always been the ‘eternal optimist’, and this workshop allowed me to acknowledge the dark. It is okay to feel pain and anger and to see the beauty in the pain.”

Anonymous Workshop Participant

Art & Creativity for Healing
2016-10-22T17:17:33+00:00

Anonymous Workshop Participant

“I have always been the ‘eternal optimist’, and this workshop allowed me to acknowledge the dark. It is okay to feel pain and anger and to see the beauty in the pain.”

Safe and Non-Judgmental

”What I appreciate about the Art4Healing program is that you are creating the space for people to see what needs to be expressed in a completely non-judgmental and safe way.”

Odessa A., Workshop Participant

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2016-10-22T17:15:48+00:00

Odessa A., Workshop Participant

”What I appreciate about the Art4Healing program is that you are creating the space for people to see what needs to be expressed in a completely non-judgmental and safe way.”

Adds to Counseling

“Art4Healing has been a great tool for me as I receive counseling after having been raped and sexually assaulted. After my unfortunate situation, I struggled with control issues as my control had been stripped away from me. This class has allowed me to release control in a safe environment and taught me to not be afraid of my vulnerability. I am better able to sense and feel and relate to others again and am grateful!”

Anonymous Workshop Participant

Art & Creativity for Healing
2016-10-22T17:12:16+00:00

Anonymous Workshop Participant

“Art4Healing has been a great tool for me as I receive counseling after having been raped and sexually assaulted. After my unfortunate situation, I struggled with control issues as my control had been stripped away from me. This class has allowed me to release control in a safe environment and taught me to not be afraid of my vulnerability. I am better able to sense and feel and relate to others again and am grateful!”

Opened My Son’s Heart

“My nine year old son and I were very fortunate to discover Art4Healing classes while in a local domestic violence shelter due to suffering abuse. We looked forward to every class to release our feelings (“Expressing Feelings with Color”), to create our story in all its stages, and to reduce the anxiety and stress we were feeling. It helped to bring hope back into our lives and connect us with how God’s love for us.

After we were on our own outside of the shelter my son’s counselor changed and he had a hard time opening up again about his feelings. Laurie graciously offered to scholarship me and my son for another “Expressing Feelings with Color” class.

This class really relieved some stress for me and opened up my son’s heart again. He came home singing that evening at the completion of the class. He hadn’t sung or created his own songs about his future and life for many months. I was amazed at how hopeful we both felt after the class.”

Sherry and Robert, Workshop Participants

Art & Creativity for Healing
2016-10-22T17:19:41+00:00

Sherry and Robert, Workshop Participants

“My nine year old son and I were very fortunate to discover Art4Healing classes while in a local domestic violence shelter due to suffering abuse. We looked forward to every class to release our feelings (“Expressing Feelings with Color”), to create our story in all its stages, and to reduce the anxiety and stress we were feeling. It helped to bring hope back into our lives and connect us with how God’s love for us. After we were on our own outside of the shelter my son’s counselor changed and he had a hard time opening up again about his feelings. Laurie graciously offered to scholarship me and my son for another “Expressing Feelings with Color” class. This class really relieved some stress for me and opened up my son’s heart again. He came home singing that evening at the completion of the class. He hadn’t sung or created his own songs about his future and life for many months. I was amazed at how hopeful we both felt after the class.”

Semper Fi!

Self-expression is an important part of my recovery process and abstract art really helps me personally with that. Thanks for all of the support! Semper Fi! “

Matt Slade SSGT/USMC, Workshop Participant

Art & Creativity for Healing
2016-10-22T17:11:04+00:00

Matt Slade SSGT/USMC, Workshop Participant

Self-expression is an important part of my recovery process and abstract art really helps me personally with that. Thanks for all of the support! Semper Fi! “

I Want to Take More

“I found this to be one of the most interesting, soul searching things I have done. I loved it and would love to do all the classes.”

Gina, Workshop Participant

Art & Creativity for Healing
2016-10-22T17:03:37+00:00

Gina, Workshop Participant

“I found this to be one of the most interesting, soul searching things I have done. I loved it and would love to do all the classes.”