Our trained and certified facilitators share the unique Art4Healing® have helped tens of thousands of people use art as a tool for self-expression.
Our nonprofit outreach is centered around six Core Programs:
- Creative Tools for Homeless Children & their Families
- Healing for Heroes and their Families
- Vintage Colors – Art4Healing® Over 60
- Raging Colors: Expressive Painting for Teens
- Out of Darkness: Women Survivors
- Visiting Art Angel Bedside Program
We invite you to read more about our Programs below. If you’re inspired and would like to help, 100% of your donations go to support our Non-Profit Partner Programs in the community!
Creative Tools for Homeless Children & their Families
9 partner agency locations
This Program offers Art4Healing workshops to homeless children and their families in crisis.
Participants create a series of abstract works of art that help surface their personal journey with homelessness. Through the process, they learn new and creative ways intuitively express their feelings and emotions. This Program is specifically designed to help with the stress of growing up and coping without a permanent place to call home.
We also give 300 Healing Art Boxes to children in our “Creative Tools for Homeless Children & Their Families” program. Each box is valued at $20 and contains 10 new art supplies, including paint, paper, colored pencils, oil pastels, and other items. With these Healing Art Boxes, children will be able to continue to process their journey.
You can help us with Healing Art Boxes!
Healing for Heroes and their Families
This Program offers Art4Healing® workshops to three different groups experiencing the effects of deployments and war-related injuries:
- Wounded Warriors at the Naval Hospital on Camp Pendleton – These marines suffer from PTSD, TBI, and other combat-related injuries.
- Children of the deployed at the San Onofre Elementary School on Camp Pendleton – These children deal with stress related to having an active duty military parent who often serves multiple deployments.
- Veterans – through Working Wardrobes Vet Net Power Up For Success program. This program provides active duty and veterans with tools & resources for professional development & transition to civilian life.
Art & Creativity for Healing also has an open-door policy for Veterans, as well as children & spouses of military personnel stationed at Camp Pendleton. We provide free Art4Healing® workshops at our Laguna Hills studio once a month on Sunday afternoons.
We carefully created a distinctive curriculum designed to meet the needs of active military personnel and their families as well as Veterans. Our workshops deal with feelings associated with deployment, family separation, stress, resettlement, and/or injuries.
Every year, we also give 650 Healing Art Boxes to every child at the San Onofre Elementary School on Camp Pendleton Marine Base. Did you know you can help us in our Healing Art Box drive?
Vintage Colors – Art4Healing® Over 60
3 partner agency locations
This program offers Art4Healing® workshops to low-income & underrepresented seniors (age 60+). These seniors live with the specific needs & challenges of aging, including loneliness, grief, stress, fear, economic hardship or illness.
Our Program partner agencies offer group activities & senior wellness programs to low-income, economically disadvantaged seniors in Orange County. We offer workshops to supplement their existing offerings.
Since its inception, this Program continually receives overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants. One weekly participant states, “This class really helps me cope with the changes of aging. From the decreasing independence to the loss of my dog, this helps me start the week on a positive note.”
Another expresses, “The topics pull out different emotions, show progress, & help me heal. I’m thankful for this program because it helps me express, heal, & move on to a new normal.”
Remember, you can express your feelings with color at any age!
Raging Colors: Expressive Painting for Teens
6 partner agency locations
This Program offers Art4Healing® workshops to at-risk students in these partner agencies:
- OCDE ACCESS (Alternative, Community, & Correctional Education Schools & Services) Schools
- Family Resource Centers of Orange County
- Western Youth Services, & Girls Inc. Los Angeles
Our workshops introduce students to expressive art, where they create a series of abstract creations with paint. Our process gives teens a safe, creative place to reflect & share their experiences, frustrations, & struggles. Teens deal with many subjects, including exposure to drugs & alcohol, peer pressure, teen pregnancy, bullying, depression, & low self-esteem.
For many of these teens, their everyday lives are often stressful. They experience many difficulties, such as legal issues, foster emancipation, &/or homelessness.
Art4Healing® teaches teens that art can be a constructive part of their everyday lives. Teens can use art to communicate tough issues that have negatively affected them or derailed their emotional growth.
Out of Darkness: Women Survivors
The Out of the Darkness: Women Survivors program offers Art4Healing® workshops for women survivors of:
- Domestic Violence
- Human Trafficking
- Emotional, Mental or Physical Abuse
The workshops introduce participants to expressive art, guiding them through the process of creating a series of abstract paintings. The Art4Healing process brings their personal journey with trauma to the surface while giving their pain a voice in a safe & nurturing environment.
A Human Options Program Supervisor states: “This therapeutic art process helps the women at our shelter tap into emotions and feelings they have no words for. They share that the experience of healing through art made the process of their difficult situation easier to process and cope with.”
Visiting Art Angel Bedside Program
Our “Visiting Art Angels” (trained and certified Art4Healing® facilitators) use drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques in these one-on-one workshops. They provide an enthusiastic resource for pediatric patients and their families.
Participants create individual artwork that encourages them to express their feelings about their experiences in life. Siblings and pediatric patients are encouraged by the Art4Healing® facilitator to share their artwork and their creative process.
This Program provides pediatric patients in Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant units at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) with one-on-one bedside workshops throughout the year. We also work with patients at the Southern California Hospice Foundation.
Donate today and give the gift of artistic expression! With your donation, we provide healing to women, children, and families living with pain, grief, fear, illness or stress.
100% of your donations go to support our Non-Profit Partner Programs in the community. Our operational costs are covered entirely through Certification, Studio Workshops, and online sales.