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Arts For The Health Of It

By Arts For The Health Of It

Why do humans turn to the arts in times of crisis? How do the arts impact our health and well-being? What role do the arts play in the future of society?

Hosts Catherine Particini and Andrea VOCAB Sanderson help you integrate the arts into everyday health and wellness practices through information, tips, how-to’s, and expert-led interviews on the subject.

Find out how to create more joy with us!
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Arts For The Health Of ItNov 17, 2021

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San Antonio Ballet School with Danielle Campbell Steans - S2E42

San Antonio Ballet School with Danielle Campbell Steans - S2E42

In this episode, Vocab is on-location with Danielle Campbell Steans, Director of the San Antonio Ballet School. Danielle shares how she began dancing at age four and the career she has built through many years of performing and teaching. Underscoring all of her work is her commitment to making dance accessible through community outreach efforts and scholarships. Of note is her work with at-risk youth at Boys & Girls Clubs in San Antonio which earned her a full-tuition scholarship to attend American Ballet Theatre’s National Curriculum Training. Danielle also guides us through a movement exercise and shares how you can get involved in her dance community. More about Danielle: http://www.sanantonioballetschool.com/ http://www.sanantonioballetschool.com/san-antonio-youth-ballet/
Mar 22, 202358:08
Think Twice, Act Once with Joaquin "Muerte" Abrego - S2E41

Think Twice, Act Once with Joaquin "Muerte" Abrego - S2E41

Joaquin's life experiences and professional practices are vast! Born in the barrio of San Felipe in Del Rio, Joaquin Muerte has strong roots in activism, community organizing, and music from several formative experiences during childhood. He started his professional music career 20 years ago in San Antonio as a street performer playing percussion and guitar and is a founding member of many local bands that compose original music: Los Nahuatlatos, Eddie and the Valiants, the San Antunes, and his own original project titled "Joaquin." Joaquin is a traditional Danzante conchero, whose roots go back to pre-Hispanic America. Hear about these projects along with his career as a community health worker in poor communities of color. He'll guide us through a mindfulness practice around impulse control that teaches us how to think twice and act once. Joaquin is also a creator of his own podcast titled "Xicanx Versus Aliens" where he interviews people who have had extraterrestrial or paranormal occurrences. His additional titles include chef, gardener, photographer, vinyl DJ, father, and husband. Connect with Joaquin: https://www.instagram.com/joaquinsoulmusic/ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/xicanx-versus-aliens/id1448033948
Mar 15, 202353:04
Into the Dark Blue with Zach Jewell - S2E40

Into the Dark Blue with Zach Jewell - S2E40

Zach Jewell is the Founder/CEO of Into the Dark Blue, a nonprofit organization focused on men's mental wellness. Zach has always had a passion for bringing people together and creating a positive encouraging space. He'll share about the culmination of his experiences and passions that has led him to creating community and advocating for mental health through the arts. Zach will also guide us through a writing exercise the helps us understand what we're feeling in a visual and written format (all you need is pencil + paper).  Lear more about Zach: his website www.intothedarkblue.com his book, Nomad Psalms: https://bit.ly/3kPeVAE follow on social media: www.instagram.com/intothe_darkblue
Mar 08, 202358:11
How The Arts Change You with Kim Hamilton - S2E39

How The Arts Change You with Kim Hamilton - S2E39

It's hard to believe some of the transformational stories Kim Hamilton, Program Coordinator, shares with us in this month's Hearts Need Art highlight episode. Whether subtle or drastic, Kim shares some of the ways our recent projects and initiatives directly impacted the people who participated in our programs. Large window murals, bedside art, portrait projects, line dancing, conference art projects...get the scoop and get inspired to consider that you are capable of much more than you may think! For more information on how to get involved and/or the Initiatives mentioned in this episode, please visit heartsneedart.org/donate or heartsneedart.org/1000hearts.
Mar 01, 202358:04
Power of Expression with Jordan Lally - S2E38

Power of Expression with Jordan Lally - S2E38

**Content advisory: This episode may contain sensitive topics that can be difficult to discuss, including suicide. If you need help or support, please call 988, or visit www.988lifeline.org.** Jordan Lally is a singer-songwriter, meditation teacher and mental health advocate. Through a unique combination of storytelling, original music and guided meditation, Jordan promotes a proactive approach to mental health. He tours nationally along with his band the Big Infinite sharing their music and message of self-love through the “Power of Expression” - a concert, school assembly and documentary presentation offered in partnership with the Ed Lally Foundation.  Join us to hear about his life's work, be guided through a breathing-focused meditation, and see the Big Infinite's documentary trailer. GIVEAWAY: Gain FREE access to the Big Infinite's documentary using promo code HeartsNeedArt at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/powerofexpressiondoc. There are 10 free downloads available, first come, first served.   Connect with Jordan: edlallyfoundation.org ; thebiginfinite.com Social media: @edlallyfoundation ; @thebiginfinite
Feb 21, 202356:22
Valentine's Day with special guest, Jed Craddock - S2E37

Valentine's Day with special guest, Jed Craddock - S2E37

Special guest, Jed Craddock, joins us for our Valentine's Day episode! Jed's musical sound can best be described as soul/roots/pop. Jed’s dynamic voice serves as a bridge that connects many musical genres. While the vibe may shift from tender acoustic singer-songwriter to heavy hitting trap/dance track, his music maintains a cohesive feel while giving space to an array of different musical voices.  Hear the title track from his band's new EP, Runnin' on Empty and the story behind it; write haikus with Vocab; and make some heart-art with Catherine that you can submit to our Make 1000 Give 1000 project! Visit heartsneedart.org/1000hearts to get started! Connect with Jed and hear more of his wonderful music: https://jedcraddockmusic.com/
Feb 15, 202334:20
The Value of Reminiscence with Judy Seaman - S2E36

The Value of Reminiscence with Judy Seaman - S2E36

Judy Seaman started Video Memoir Creations as a way to capture the essence of people's stories through dialogue, reflection, and film. She shares what inspired her to start creating memoirs, guides one of our hosts through the memoir discussion process, and provides tips for how you can start recording important history or personal stories (no special equipment needed). Judy will also explain the value of reminiscence especially with aging: the ability to recall and reflect helps older adults with their identity and self-confidence. It gives family members a sense that one's legacy will be preserved and may protect against depression and loneliness. You'll also hear a poem Judy wrote from Andrea VOCAB Sanderson's writing prompt in S2E30. Learn more: - https://videomemoircreations.com/ - @videomemoircreations on Instagram
Feb 08, 202357:51
Hearts Need Art's Season of Growth featuring Richard Wilmore, Amy Latta, and Cassidy Ross - S2E35

Hearts Need Art's Season of Growth featuring Richard Wilmore, Amy Latta, and Cassidy Ross - S2E35

We're one month into the New Year, and it may be a good time to check in with what your plans are for the months ahead. As Hearts Need Art is planning and growing, we're taking a minute to welcome our two newest board members and hear about Hearts Need Art's expansion into more healthcare communities.  Vocab shares a growth-themed writing prompt paired with Catherine's tree drawing tutorial (and yes, our Board Members do the projects, too!). You really only need a pencil and paper to clear out some self-doubt, jump in and create with us. To learn how you can further our mission, visit heartsneedart.org/donate.
Feb 01, 202356:18
A Keyhole Glimpse: Art for Visualization and Self-Expression with Allison Body - S2E34

A Keyhole Glimpse: Art for Visualization and Self-Expression with Allison Body - S2E34

Content Warning: This episode may contain references to domestic abuse and trauma.  Allison Body is a certified Health Coach and Therapeutic Art Life Coach as well as a visual artist and survivor of domestic abuse. In this episode, Allison shares how art has been key to working through trauma and how she combines health coaching and art to help clients manage stress, find self-expression, and visualize goals. Allison also guides us through a visualization-based art activity to help define your desired future-state. Learn more: alliesbamworkshop.com https://www.facebook.com/AlliesBAMWorkshop https://www.instagram.com/theeallisonbody/ Claim Allison's free book, The Art to Your Dream Life, and set up a free, 30-minute coaching appointment: https://arttoyourdreamlife.com/workbook
Jan 25, 202357:52
Creative Writing for Health and Well-Being with Reinfred Addo - S2E33

Creative Writing for Health and Well-Being with Reinfred Addo - S2E33

Reinfred Addo is a speech-language pathologist, writer, and graphic/visual artist. He has written health-related poems and stories, conducted memory journals with his speech therapy patients, and selected other people's health-related poems for a literary journal that he edits. In this episode, hear about his journey to becoming a speech therapist and writer, how he incorporates writing with patients into their treatment and how it can aid the healing process. He also guides us through a writing prompt based on George Ella Lyon's poem, "Where I'm From." The template used for this activity can be found here. You'll hear our co-hosts read their responses to this prompt. We hope you give it a try! To connect with Reinfred, visit his website, https://www.raddocentral.com/, or follow him on Instagram @raddocentral. His books mentioned in this episode include Signs of Life, The Dedicadas, and Washed Over.
Jan 18, 202335:51
Art is for Everyone with Andrea Nelson - S2E32

Art is for Everyone with Andrea Nelson - S2E32

Come make some art with Andrea Nelson, former pre-school special education teacher turned full-time artist and content creator! Her short art videos on Instagram and TikTok are for people who may be intimidated by art or have no artistic experience at all. Her goal is to help people unlock their creativity through art that feels doable and fun. In this episode, you'll hear about... her "origin story"  art as a process vs. a product  the evolution of her art-making and how it's connected to mental health and well-being how her teaching inspires others to welcome their inner artist, and the connection it has created between communities, families, parents and children and beyond.  Andrea also guides us through a simple water color project with expressive color. For the art project, you'll need: paper watercolors brushes, a cup of water, and paper towels a pen Learn more about Andrea / enroll in her classes at https://www.adreamoradayart.com/. Find her on social media: @andrea.nelson.art. Presented by Hearts Need Art. Hosted by Catherine Particini and Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson. Produced by Richard Wilmore.
Jan 11, 202347:04
Class Act Detroit with Rashard Dobbins - S2E31

Class Act Detroit with Rashard Dobbins - S2E31

We're kicking off 2023 by visiting with Rashard Dobbins, Executive Director of Class Act Detroit, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower youth via music and arts education through the elements of hip-hop. Topics include: the power of community, Class Act Detroit's origins, mission, and vision racial healing, equity, and generational change the concept of reaching to teach  the new headquarters of Class Act Detroit and how you can support this movement with time, talent, or treasure  Connect with Class Act Detroit: Website: https://www.classactdetroit.org/ Video call: https://calendly.com/classactdetroit Other resources: https://hiphoped.com/ Giveaway: Koala Sampler instructional video About Rashard Dobbins: Rashard has more than ten years of experience working in the entertainment industry as a performer and production professional. He has had worked on projects such as The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, All Eyez On Me, and The Internship. He has also served as a liaison for a leading talent agency that specializes in cultivating talented youth. Some of his highlights include being a Class Two Fellow of the WKKF Community Leadership Network with the Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Deli Spring 2020 Cohort Participant, and panelist for various youth organizations.
Jan 04, 202350:17
Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson: Advocate, Healer, Activist - S2E30

Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson: Advocate, Healer, Activist - S2E30

Bring a pen and paper to this episode with Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, new co-host of Arts for the Health of It! Andrea is a San Antonio native and the first Black Poet Laureate of San Antonio, 2020-2023. Her dynamic style is a fusion of poetry, hip hop, and R&B. She is an award-winning poet and a teaching artist who enjoys facilitating workshops nationwide. Andrea discusses how she started writing and making music the therapeutic and recreational uses of creative writing and self-expression through teaching her previous job and how she has been called to continue connecting others with the healing power of the arts Learn more about Andrea: https://andreavocabsanderson.com/ Her book: She Lives in Music https://www.flowersongpress.com/store-j9lRp/p/she-lives-in-music-by-andrea-sanderson Instagram: @vocabulous Watch the episode on YouTube.
Dec 28, 202248:06
A Hearts Need Art Holiday - S2E29

A Hearts Need Art Holiday - S2E29

'𝕿𝖎𝖘 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖘𝖊𝖆𝖘𝖔𝖓!   Today, we present to you "𝔸 ℍ𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕤 ℕ𝕖𝕖𝕕 𝔸𝕣𝕥 ℍ𝕠𝕝𝕚𝕕𝕒𝕪"   You'll hear classic holiday songs, be able to create art with your loved one, listen to stories, and have the chance to help bring arts-in-health services to more hospital beds next year.   PLUS   Watch a dream come true for one cancer patient, thanks to the San Antonio Symphony (no spoilers!) If you enjoy the show, please consider going to heartsneedart.org to help us continue providing moments of joy, self-expression, and connection for those facing life-altering health challenges through arts engagement, advocacy, and innovation.  You can also text SIX to 53-555!   𝓔𝓷𝓳𝓸𝔂 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓱𝓸𝔀!
Dec 21, 202249:21
Street Project Foundation with Rita Ezenwa-Okoro - S2E28

Street Project Foundation with Rita Ezenwa-Okoro - S2E28

Rita Ezenwa-Okoro is a Creative Culturist, Performance Activist, & Communications Expert who believes in creative arts as a force for human development. She uses the arts to navigate the journey of difficult emotions in times of challenging events. In this episode, you'll hear about her connection to the arts from a young age and her journey to creating the Street Project Foundation her book, Doing. Being. Becoming: For the love of the creative arts youth programs offered by Street Project Foundation how to connect with creativity / creative communities Links: Book: Doing. Being. Becoming: For the love of the creative arts Street Project Foundation Global Play Brigade
Dec 14, 202234:35
Supertee with Jason Sotiris - S2E27

Supertee with Jason Sotiris - S2E27

Our guest this week believes anything is possible when we come together as a community. Jason Sotiris is the creator of Supertee, a medical garment designed for children that is functional in its ease of use during medical treatment and in its ability to help kids feel empowered while facing major health challenges. He’ll share how his daughter’s cancer diagnosis and treatment transformed his life as a parent, person, and professional, and how imaginative play + creativity in the face of adversity can drive meaningful change. About Jason: Father to three kids, cancer dad and construction worker with no tertiary education, no corporate experience, never known how to sew a button let alone make a t-shirt and is now an award-winning designer, inventor, patent-holder and CEO of a children's charity distributing his products to all the major children's hospitals of Australia and many pediatric clinics nationwide...all for free.  Learn more: http://supertee.au.org/
Dec 07, 202243:20
Hearts Need Art turns 6!

Hearts Need Art turns 6!

One of our big, birthday wishes is that arts in health becomes part of the standard of care. As you'll hear in this episode, Gracie told Constanza years ago, "We need to remember the reasons WHY we're alive as much as we need the things that keep us alive." Your support ensures more joy, self-expression, and connection with patients and caregivers. Text SIX to 53-555, or visit givebutter.com/hna-birthday to wish us a Happy Birthday!  Visit with Constanza Roeder, Hearts Need Art Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Richard Wilmore, CEO, and Catherine Particini, Director of Marketing. Hear about some of their most memorable interactions with patients and caregivers; marvel at one of Constanza's original, hand-made display boards; find out what they're looking forward to in the coming months and years, and more! Thank you for 6 incredible years! We wouldn't be here without your love and support.  givebutter.com/hna-birthday
Nov 30, 202201:00:17
Arts and Older Adults with Kate Powell of Tidewater Arts Outreach S2E25

Arts and Older Adults with Kate Powell of Tidewater Arts Outreach S2E25

Kate Powell is the Executive Director of Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) in Norfolk, VA. Their mission is to bring joy to older adults and those living in isolating circumstances and enhance their well-being through creative engagement with the arts. Key topics Kate discusses include the following: the loneliness epidemic the types of art engagement offered in their community the importance of age-appropriate programming how you can use your own talent to address the loneliness epidemic Learn more at tidewaterartsoutreach.org Connect on social media: @757artsoutreach
Nov 23, 202238:21
Doodle Everything with Amy Latta S2E24

Doodle Everything with Amy Latta S2E24

Amy Latta is an artist and author who is passionate about helping others to discover and express their creativity. She has written five books on hand lettering, a creativity journal, and a book all about how to doodle. In this episode, Amy walks us through some of her doodle tutorials from her Doodle Everything book, shares about her creative process and how her books evolved, and where you might find some secretly autographed copies of her books. Learn more about Amy and purchase her new book at www.amylattacreations.com. Connect with her on social media: @amylattacreations.
Nov 17, 202245:47
Graphic Medicine: How pictures can help with healthcare with Sam Hester S2E23

Graphic Medicine: How pictures can help with healthcare with Sam Hester S2E23

A longtime advocate for comics as a medium for serious storytelling, Sam Hester is a contributor to comics journalism, comics in academia and the graphic medicine movement. She writes and draws comics about life in her hometown of Calgary, in the Treaty 7 region of Alberta, Canada.Particularly special about this episode is Sam sharing about her experience as a caregiver for her mother. Sam uses her artistry with images and words to communicate effectively with healthcare providers so that her mom's preferences and health conditions are at the forefront of her quality of care. Connect with Sam Hester: -Visit the23rdstory.com -Follow on Twitter @calgaryhester
Nov 09, 202234:19
Sharing Your Story with Lisa Orr S2E22

Sharing Your Story with Lisa Orr S2E22

Lisa is a proud wife and mother of two boys, ages 7 and 5, who lives just north of Boston, Massachusetts. She is an almost four-year Triple Negative Breast Cancer survivor and a former elementary school teacher who now devotes her time to helping other young adults who are facing a cancer diagnosis. She does this through her work as the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Steven G. Cancer Foundation and Elephants and Tea Magazine, and through her podcast the "Don't Call it a Journey Podcast" (streaming on Apple Podcasts and Spotify). In her free time, she loves to write, cook, and travel and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Connect with Lisa: @lisaorr714 @elephantsandteamagazine elephantsandtea.com
Oct 26, 202238:31
Artist in Residence Hannah Garrison S2E21

Artist in Residence Hannah Garrison S2E21

We're visiting with Hannah Garrison, one of our artists-in-residence. Hannah works both virtually and in-person with patients at their bedsides. Using the arts as meditation and a very general form of physical therapy helped her not only cope with a diagnosis of MS, but to also become a better caregiver. Being honest about her diagnosis to herself and to complete strangers is not only effective medicine for her but for them as well. Inside hospitals, she creates large window paintings for patients at their bedside and has witnessed the life-changing effects of art combined with an empathetic ear. Hannah's also teaching you how to make one-line butterflies! Connect with and support Hannah: Hearts Need Art Instagram Her Website
Oct 12, 202241:21
Artist in Residence Jordyn Ruiz S2E20

Artist in Residence Jordyn Ruiz S2E20

"Art is part of who I am. I use art for my health by integrating different artistic styles and mediums into my day or week. Drawing or painting allows me to stay present, practice mindfulness, enter a meditative space, and expand my artistic capabilities. I use art for my mental health. It is an outlet for complex emotions that I may be feeling and gives those feelings a safe outlet to be seen and experienced fully. Art is also there for days I am feeling great and want to create simply for the joy of it. In whatever flux of emotions that occurs, art is solid foundation I can lean on." - Jordyn Ruiz
Sep 28, 202229:39
Dancing in Schools with Ella Rosewood S2E19

Dancing in Schools with Ella Rosewood S2E19

Ella Rosewood (she/her) is a dance educator, entrepreneur, and lifelong Girl Scout based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder and CEO of Crelata, a new on-demand dance education platform aimed at making access to dance education in schools more equitable. Rosewood holds dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Dance and Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters Degree in Dance Education from the Inaugural Cohort of the Lincoln Center Scholars Alternative Certification Program in partnership with the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College.  With Ella and one of Crelata's instructors, Bianca Megaro, you'll hear about why dance is so important in schools, including the role diverse dance styles play in connecting students with their communities; how dance impacts positive health; and how to provide access to dance in schools. Visit crelata.com to learn more and get a free Salsa dance lesson! Connect with Ella: crelata.com 
Sep 21, 202229:02
Night of 1000 Hearts S2E18

Night of 1000 Hearts S2E18

live music | window painting | poetry | caricatures | origami | games | patient artwork |  auctions | special appearances | BIG announcements This and so much more at the 2022 Night of 1000 Hearts! We're close to selling out so don't wait to RSVP: heartsneedart.org/1000hearts
Sep 07, 202226:20
Out Of Grief Comes Art S2E17

Out Of Grief Comes Art S2E17

In honor of National Grief Awareness Day, we've partnered with our friends from the podcast Out Of Grief Comes Art to have an open and honest discussion about grief. What is it? Why do we do it? How can we express ourselves during it? Catherine shows us an easy art piece that you can make with someone, for someone, or in honor of someone. You can connect with Elizabeth and Halle by visiting griefdialogues.com
Aug 30, 202247:48
Nurse Choir with Danielle Filippone S2E16

Nurse Choir with Danielle Filippone S2E16

Danielle Filippone is an OR nurse for Northwell Health and a member of the Northwell Health Nurse Choir; America’s Got Talent Season 16 finalists. She uses singing to communicate with her son, and to make patients comfortable for surgery.
Aug 24, 202227:23
Music In The Hospital with Melanie Ambler S2E15

Music In The Hospital with Melanie Ambler S2E15

Melanie Ambler is an aspiring physician-artist from Redding, CT. She is currently a medical student at Stanford School of Medicine and a classically-trained cellist. She graduated from Brown University in 2019, then spent a year in Caen, France as a Fulbright Scholar where she researched music and dementia at a neuroimaging lab. She currently plays weekly virtual concerts for critically ill patients and is interested in how the arts can be integrated into the medical field. From Melanie: I believe the arts bring humanity back to the field of medicine. I find that playing cello for patients can be incredibly calming and cathartic for them. In addition, I research the use of music in pediatric surgery and have done work on music and dementia, as well as music and adult surgery.
Aug 17, 202237:28
Art With A Heart featuring Brooke McKinney S2E14

Art With A Heart featuring Brooke McKinney S2E14

Throughout her six years of experience in the field of Arts in Health, Brooke McKinney has witnessed firsthand the healing capacity of the arts. As an Artist-in-Residence with Art with a Heart in Healthcare (AWAHIH), Brooke passionately provides fine art experiences for pediatric patients and their families at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. AWAHIH has hundreds of art tutorial videos using basic art supplies that we encourage listeners to check out. We're doing one of Brooke's personal favorite's, Zentangle, today! Zentangle can be done with just a pen and paper and can be a daily practice. Connect with Brooke: awahih.org
Aug 10, 202238:28
Making Art On The Fly with Amy L Bernstein S2E13

Making Art On The Fly with Amy L Bernstein S2E13

Amy L Bernstein writes stories that let readers feel while making them think. Her novels include The Potrero Complex, The Nighthawkers, Dreams of Song Times, and Fran, the Second Time Around. Amy is an award-winning journalist, playwright, speechwriter, and certified nonfiction book coach.  PLUS Amy's stretching our creative writing muscles with 2 different writing prompts that you can follow along with to make your own story! From Amy: I believe that cultivating and practicing any artform is intrinsically good for mental and physical health. For me, writing fiction and nonfiction help me, as an introvert, to share and community feelings I might otherwise keep bottled up. For others, drawing, painting, sewing, sculpting, baking, etc., can help so much in managing moods and encouraging positive feelings and a sense of calm. Connect with Amy:  amywrites.live
Aug 03, 202237:28
Artistic Exploration with Clinton Kirkpatrick S2E12

Artistic Exploration with Clinton Kirkpatrick S2E12

Clinton Kirkpatrick is a community artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He graduated in 2008 from the University of Huddersfield, England, with a Paint and Drawing Degree and moved back to Belfast. His work examines the human and explores the systems that bind communities and cultures and the absurd. He's here to teach us a fun and easy way to incorporate drawing into your day.  He's been drawing every day for YEARS!   We also talk about our favorite paperback books, singing in the choir, and use our Joy Cards from episode 3.   Connect with Clinton: https://www.orangepaintbooks.com/clinton-kirkpatrick
Jul 27, 202249:30
Music Therapy with Marisa Castro S2E11

Music Therapy with Marisa Castro S2E11

The day after the school shooting in Uvalde, Marisa Castro drove to the small Texas city to do her part in helping the community heal.  Over 2 months later, she is still there making sure that anyone who seeks her help and guidance can find her. She's been a Musician-in-Residence with Hearts Need Art since 2019 and she joins this episode to talk about: the differences between art therapy and arts-in-health how she stays grounded and centered how music therapy is helping a community how it can help you
Jul 20, 202249:39
Paint Messes and Marks with Catherine Particini S2E10

Paint Messes and Marks with Catherine Particini S2E10

Grab some paint and paper and see what happens! Catherine's showing us how a few simple supplies from the grocery store can make unique art pieces and no two are alike! We're also talking about her art upbringing, how and why she uses the arts for her own well-being (and her son's), what she loves about working with patients, and why she's excited about sitting in the co-host seat on the podcast!
Jul 13, 202231:56
Hear Your Song with Dan Rubins S2E9

Hear Your Song with Dan Rubins S2E9

We wrote a song! You'll meet Catherine, the new co-host of the podcast! Dan Rubins and Jake Gluckman from Hear Your Song, Inc. join us and help write a song about Richard's recent hospital stay that features Ivy the elephant and her love of coffee. Hear Your Song, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in New York City that empowers children and teens with serious illnesses and complex health needs to make their voices heard through collaborative songwriting. Hear Your Song provides power and choice — and a microphone — to young people with a wide range of diagnoses, both mental and physical  health conditions, who are so often deprived of both power and choice in living their day-to-day life and in managing their health care journeys. Hear Your Song gives kids who are often cast to the margins the chance to define themselves beyond their diagnoses, embraced and validated by a community that responds with caring, collaborative creativity to help each young person tell their stories through song. Hear Your Song first launched as an undergraduate organization at Yale University in May 2014, piloting partnerships at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and Elizabeth Seton Children’s in Yonkers, NY. Six years later, at the start of the pandemic, we realized that it was more important than ever to allow children with serious illnesses to share their stories and find a community of support while most isolated and at risk. So, in March 2020, Hear Your Song began a national expansion, offering virtual sessions to kids wherever they are, whether they’re staying at a hospital or receiving treatment or recovering at home. Hear Your Song has now supported over 200 children ages 6-18 in writing their own songs. At the same time, we've grown six undergraduate-led, campus-based chapters; engaged hundreds of volunteer musicians around the globe; and built over a dozen partnerships with children’s hospitals, specialized schools/camps, and other nonprofits, including the Montefiore Medical Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Double H Ranch Camp, The ELM Project, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. We focus our outreach to new communities on populations often overlooked in pediatric arts programming, especially kids with diagnoses that disproportionately impact communities of color. Hear Your Song website  Watch the podcast on YouTube
Jul 06, 202251:51
How We Human with Tasha Golden S2E8

How We Human with Tasha Golden S2E8

Tasha is the Director of Research at the International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins Medicine, and a national leader and consultant in arts and public health. She studies the impact of the arts, music, aesthetics, and social norms on health and well-being.   From Dr. Golden:  As a career artist, I know that art helps us recognize, navigate, and communicate the human experience.  As a public health scientist, I know that when we limit human expression, we limit health, knowledge, and change. TashaGolden.com
Jun 28, 202234:19
Color Your Way To Feeling Divine with Claudia Marulanda S2E7

Color Your Way To Feeling Divine with Claudia Marulanda S2E7

Claudia Marulanda is a New York City-based visual artist whose passion is empowering women through the beauty of art.  She pursued a career in graphic design, working in the publishing industry. However, it wasn't until Claudia hit an emotional rock bottom that she rediscovered her passion for art.  Art became her medicine, a source for healing, and a place for self-expression. Claudia states, "Creating art became a way to relieve my pain, release suppressed emotions, and be empowered."  For this reason, she now facilitates art workshops and programs to help women struggling with emotional distress, self-expression, and bottling up their emotions.   We are also joined by Jill Ortiz, who was a reluctant workshop participant.  Jill shares her story of why she joined and the way bringing the arts into her life have changed her.   PLUS  Grab some color pencils and paper and get ready to explore your creative side with a color wheel project!   Connect with Claudia: coloryourwaytofeelingdivine.com marulandaart.com  Connect with Jill: jillortizfitness.com
Jun 21, 202251:02
Inclusive Art with Claude Larson S2E6

Inclusive Art with Claude Larson S2E6

Claude is an artist with over two decades of experience working with textiles, paint and collage. She also facilitates workshops for adults and youth in the general population as well as those with developmental disabilities and brain trauma. Her approach to art is accessible to all and she feels that expression through art is a powerful bridge for people who might otherwise be excluded from traditional classes. PLUS Claude teaches us a fun art project using supplies from your back yard AND Catherine joins us to talk about what it means to be an Artist-in-Residence Connect with Claude at ClaudeLarsonArt.com
Jun 15, 202258:39
Storytelling with Auntie Oye S2E5

Storytelling with Auntie Oye S2E5

OPH was established in 1993 as a family-friendly theatrical company in Los Angeles, CA, to share the arts and beauty of West African culture with Americans. We have served communities in Washington, DC since 2003. Our purpose is to educate through a holistic, creative curriculum and entertain through performance that deepens intercultural understanding. Veera Oye Yaa-Anna affectionately known as Auntie Oye, is a Liberian-born acclaimed master storyteller who transports her audience to West Africa through "imaginary" interactive storytelling. www.oyepalaverhut.org
Jun 08, 202246:02
Art And Healing with Kyria Marie S2E4

Art And Healing with Kyria Marie S2E4

Kyria Marie MA, NC, CHD, is a holistic nutritional consultant and health coach. She helps clients achieve peak performance and heal stubborn chronic health issues by overcoming the underlying root causes of imbalance, without medications or countless hours of meditation. She brings over a decade of experience combining both modern science and ancient wisdom to support natural healing from anywhere in the world.   Kyria and her team specialize in Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis (FBCA) to get clients real answers and clarity on what exactly is out of balance in their bodies. Then they create a custom personalized health program using nutrition and lifestyle strategies to help clients get better results faster. Learn more at: www.kyriahealth.com
Jun 01, 202237:22
Joy Cards with Michelle and Lilamani S2E3

Joy Cards with Michelle and Lilamani S2E3

Are you ready to bring spontaneity and joy back into your life? Rediscover your inner happiness with Joy Cards. With 48 original paintings crafted into fun activity cards, you will be inspired and motivated to experience more happiness daily. The deck also comes with a fun, fact-filled, science-based guidebook that will help you relieve stress and anxiety so you can find and appreciate the joy gems that surround you daily. "Art for us means being creative. We see creativity as an outlet to reduce stress, shift a negative mood and help to release the “happy hormones”. Artistic expression can take a number of forms including dancing, painting, gardening, or cooking. It’s a way to rebalance, reengage and feel more joy." Michelle and Lilamani are two women from vastly different cultures. Michelle, a leadership coach and consultant, lives in California and Lilamani, a self taught artist with a background in science travels between New Zealand and London. They met by chance in Seattle, Washington. Michelle was delivering a keynote and training program for Microsoft's World-wide Conference and Lilamani was filming a documentary for the Discovery Channel. They discovered they shared a lot in common including a ruckus laughter, creative spirit and desire to make a positive difference. facebook.com/choosejoy4life
May 25, 202234:32
Street Symphony with Vijay Gupta S2E2

Street Symphony with Vijay Gupta S2E2

Vijay Gupta is a violinist and social justice advocate. An esteemed performer, communicator, educator and citizen-artist, Gupta is a leading advocate for the role of the arts and music to heal, inspire, provoke change, and foster social connection. Vijay is the founder and Artistic Director of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization providing musical engagement, dialogue and teaching artistry for homeless and incarcerated communities in Los Angeles. Vijay is also a 2018 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow. www.guptaviolin.com @guptaviolin
May 18, 202243:24
Comic Books And Chronic Illness with Jeremiah Stemple S2E1

Comic Books And Chronic Illness with Jeremiah Stemple S2E1

We're back! Season 2 kicks off RIGHT NOW! After spending 16 days in the hospital WITHOUT access to the arts, we'll get an   update on Richard's health. PLUS Jeremiah Stemple is here talking about his journey with Cystic Fibrosis and how he's using his love of comic books to inspire kids with chronic illnesses. heroesforcauses.com
May 11, 202231:53
Poetry And Public Health with Hiram Larew S1E51

Poetry And Public Health with Hiram Larew S1E51

Dr. Larew helped to guide international food security programs for the US government.  And so he has a strong interest in hunger issues.  He is also an active poet and founded Poetry X Hunger as a way to enlist many, many poets to write Speak Back to Hunger through their poetry. Hearts Conference 2022 Poerty X Hunger
Apr 06, 202234:56
Reawakening Your Sense Of Fun And Play with Creativity Guide Maria Ramsey S1E50

Reawakening Your Sense Of Fun And Play with Creativity Guide Maria Ramsey S1E50

Maria Katharine Ramsey is a visual artist, poet, musician, herbalist, certified feng shui practitioner, and creativity guide. Her mission is to uncover more beauty, creativity, and magic in the world. She does this by creating her own art as well as helping artistic beings to craft supportive creative practices. PLUS Maria teaches us how to set up a creative space at home that doesn't have to take up much space, time, or money! Connect with Maria at www.thephilosophersstem.com
Mar 30, 202236:21
The Joy Of Portraiture with Tony Swaby S1E49

The Joy Of Portraiture with Tony Swaby S1E49

"The essence of life is joy." – Tony Swaby Tony is a portrait artist, who discovered his love of his arts during his experience with cancer. He shares some of his resources to help people find their joy. Connect with Tony at tonyswaby.com
Mar 23, 202243:06
Photavia: Therapeutic Visual Memories with Joe Hausch S1E48

Photavia: Therapeutic Visual Memories with Joe Hausch S1E48

"Art creates a balance in my life. It creates an outlet. I create something every day, and I am so blessed to have the skills, the opportunities, the gifts, the support." - Joe Hausch Two UW-Milwaukee Alum walk into a podcast..... Joe Hausch has been called many things, mostly in this order: Artist, Entrepreneur, Designer, Inventor, Musician, and optimist. Half his workday he wears a design and marketing hat as he does Strategic and Creative Services for start-ups/small businesses and Not-for-Profits in the midwest. Creating award-winning Branding/Logos is a strength and some of the most fun assignments. He has had his hands in and around over 500 brands in his career. The rest of the day, many nights and often weekends he continues to change the world as President/CEO/CO of a unique Wisconsin “edutainment” startup. PHOTAVIA: "The Visual Network" is a digital media company that offers custom productions, distributed directly and through several Hybrid TV platforms. Key target markets include Healthcare, Senior Living, Memory Care, Hospitality, Transportation, Home Caregiving and Education. Their unique licensing agreements and focus on The LIFE Picture Collection™ and photos from LIFE Magazine provides incredible content for G-Rated, short, two-minute programs that engage, educate and enhance environments. PHOTAVIA is a unique video content company. They started creating content to document the great images within The LIFE Picture Collection because they were deteriorating. PHOTAVIA believed they could curate these images, tell some intriguing backstories, and present and accessible, inclusive, interesting, and important iconic art from the past, in a modern and contemporary fashion.  PHOTAVIA creates all-inclusive short video experiences via art/photography, part video/musical experience, part education, and part history. It follows the science that shows pleasant thoughts invoked by visual memory triggers can be of therapeutic benefit to individuals, caregivers, and families dealing with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and PTSD, among others.  The lifelong learning tools that they are developing continuously can reduce anxiety and stress, create reminiscence, and ignite inter-generational conversations with "art that triggers memories”.  PHOTAVIA's unique licensing agreements and focus on the The LIFE Picture Collection™ and photos from LIFE Magazine provides incredible almost familiar content for our G-Rated short two-minute programs that engage, educate and enhance environments.  The programs in caregiving are changing the way caregivers fight isolation, start conversations, create engagement, and much, much more. Connect with Joe and PHOTAVIA: https://www.facebook.com/joe.hausch      https://www.facebook.com/photavia       https://www.facebook.com/HauschDesign       https://www.instagram.com/photavia.tv/   https://www.instagram.com/hauschdesign/   https://twitter.com/photavia  https://twitter.com/hauschdesign   https://twitter.com/photavia   https://www.pinterest.com/joehausch Evolve 2022 – Life Enrichment Virtual Summit. Log In April 5, 7, 12, and 14 https://www.seniorlivingforesight.net/evolve2022/
Mar 16, 202259:10
Joyful Connection And Recollection with Eran Thomson S1E47

Joyful Connection And Recollection with Eran Thomson S1E47

Spoiler Alert: We’re joining the IHealth Channel! Its creator, Hurricane H, stops by for the big announcement! PLUS Eran Thomson is a writer, director, creative director, and founder also known as "The Joy Pusher."  He's the creator of the music and memory game, SONG SAGA. Playing is simple: Pull cards. Choose songs. Share memories. Best song + story wins. No singing required, just a music app. Get ready to break into the memory bank, learn new things about your friends, and reconnect with the music you love. Enter to win a copy: song-saga.com/podcast Find us on the iHealth Channel: www.theembctvnetwork.com Connect with Eran:  song-saga.com eranthomson.com
Mar 09, 202244:49
Medical Art Resources S1E46

Medical Art Resources S1E46

"Holy crap, that’s what I used to look like!" – David Karlinsky, cancer survivor Richard’s dad was diagnosed with cancer in 1992. After years of recurrence and surgeries, he was left without an eye, cheek, or right nostril. He was forced to cover his face in bandages and tape, which made him not even feel like a human being anymore. Tired of the stares and sarcastic questions from strangers, David fell into a deep depression. About a decade ago, he was finally able to receive a prosthesis to replace his bandages and make his face look whole again and in many ways, give him back his identity, dignity, confidence, and life. We’re talking with David and his anaplastologists, Julie Brown and Megan Thomas. Julie and Megan molded, sculpted, and painted David’s prosthesis in a world where many patients and healthcare providers do not even know of the option. Megan Thomas is a certified clinical anaplastologist living and working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Anaplastology has allowed Megan to combine her interests in art, medicine, and patient care.  As an anaplastologist, art is a part of every day of work as she designs and fabricates custom-made lifelike silicone prostheses for patients who are missing anatomy due to disease progression, traumatic injury, or birth difference. Sculpting, mold-making, and color matching are just a few of the artistic skills that go into each prosthesis. Julie Brown is a certified clinical anaplastologist who has created hundreds of custom ear, nose eye, hand, and foot prostheses. She is the founder of Medical Art Resources- a specialty anaplastology practice devoted to creating lifelike prostheses. She earned a master's degree from the University of Illinois Chicago in Biomedical Visualization that prepared her for this career path. Medical Art Resources works with patients who are missing part of the face or body due to cancer surgery, traumatic injury, or birth difference, to create life-like silicone prosthetics. Their services include ear, eye and eyelids, and nose prostheses, as well as prosthetic fingers and hands, toes, and nipples. To do so, they sculpt a prototype for the prosthesis and create individualized color formulae. The process requires attention to every detail of human anatomy and the artistic skills to replicate what is absent. Connect with Julie and Megan: @everydetailmatters   www.medicalartresources.com  @MedicalArtResources
Mar 02, 202251:44
Happiness And Health with Dr. Chris Price S1E45

Happiness And Health with Dr. Chris Price S1E45

"Happiness is just like yoga, art, and music. We can learn and get better at it." - Dr. Price Chris Price is a family medicine physician in Sacramento California where he has been practicing for the past 20 years.  He's taking a unique approach to his practice and part of that is infusing the arts from the beginning to end of a visit to his office.   His book, Allison’s Gambit, is a very relatable story about the breakdown of a caregiver when faced with the burden of taking care of her mother with dementia. This novel asks the reader if they might similarly try and change their own fate if they would have a similar disease. Allison’s Gambit forces the reader to a conclusion that seems inevitable once we let our mindfully explore an issue we never wish to imagine—our own death.  Though Allison’s decision to start smoking may not be the most popular choice, there is one thing that will become universal.  A better understanding that we need to focus on enjoying the most of what we can from each and every day.  Caring for her mother who is progressing through the stages of dementia upends what seemed to be a perfectly good life. However, there is a startling difference compared to the sudden death of her father the year before.  In the case of her mother, caregiving results in a mental and physical toll.  A toll which results in an increasingly large burden on Allison and her family.  A burden heightened by the fact that it doesn’t appear that her mother even understands the sacrifices that are being made for her.   This book will challenge the reader to imagine how they would choose to live under these progressively difficult circumstances.   Circumstances that most likely will be affecting all of us at some point in our lives.  Difficulties that will likely create choices many will find overwhelming.  If you knew you might suffer a similar fate, what decision might you make to change the outcome of your own life? Connect with Dr. Price: Twitter: @ChrisPriceBook  Instagram: @chrispriceauthor Website: chrispriceauthor.com
Feb 23, 202236:20
Finding Your Truth Through Writing with Andrea Carter Brown S1E44

Finding Your Truth Through Writing with Andrea Carter Brown S1E44

"We needed new memories." - Andrea Carter Brown Andrea Carter Brown lived 1 block away from the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. She thankfully lived to tell about it and has written an entire book of poetry about the days after.  Andrea's new collection of award-winning poetry, September 12, was published for the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Her previous collections are Domestic Karma, The Disheveled Bed, and Brook & Rainbow. Her poems have won awards from Five Points, River Styx, The MacGuffin, and PSA, and are cited in the Library of Congress Online Guide to the Poetry of 9/11. Formerly a Founding Editor of Barrow Street, she has been Series Editor of The Word Works Washington Prize since 2017. An avid birder, she lives in Los Angeles, where she grows lemons, limes, oranges, and tangerines in her backyard. From Andrea: "Not everyone is a "writer," but everyone writes. Value your thoughts by writing them down. Any way that works for you. As a "Note" on your cell phone. Keep a small notebook and pen always with you. Do not be embarrassed or shy about pausing in your life to write something down. Some people keep a journal or diary, but I always found the idea of that intimidating. What did I have to say that was worth writing down? Only when I allowed myself to write only when it struck me as interesting, even a word I liked, a snippet of overheard conversation, a remembered dream, a quote I liked, a book I wanted to read, did I learn what was going on inside me . . . and to understand it better." Connect with Andrea: www.andreacarterbrown.com Facebook: Andrea Carter Brown  Twitter: @AndreaBrownPoet  Instagram: @andreabrownpoet
Feb 16, 202246:21
Rock To Recovery with Wes Geer S1E43

Rock To Recovery with Wes Geer S1E43

"The opposite of addiction is connection." – Wes Geer Wes Geer has been a professional musician for over 20 years.  He's the former guitarist for Korn and founding member of Hed P.E. He's also a producer, author, and founder of Rock to Recovery; a therapeutic music program that helps people have transformation by playing music. Connect with Wes: rocktorecovery.org
Feb 09, 202245:01
Healing Through Writing and Collage with Kate Nason S1E42

Healing Through Writing and Collage with Kate Nason S1E42

"I was a single mom with two kids and a business to run so I didn't have the bandwidth to write." -Kate Nason Kate Nason is a writer who lives in Portland, Oregon. Her debut memoir, Everything is Perfect, was released by Audible in August 2021. Kate holds a BA in Art History from UCLA. She’s currently working on her second book, an exploration of her great-grandmother’s fictitious ancestry. Plate smashing, collaging,  and memoir writing go hand-in-hand for Kate Nason.  What did it take for Kate to start listening to her intuition? Her story is painful and difficult but she was pulled to write about to connect with others that have gone or are going through similar situations. How has it changed it? What did she learn? How did she come to write her first book? Connect with Kate: www.katenasonwrites.com www.audible.com/katenason Instagram @stateokate
Feb 02, 202239:55
The Arts And Domestic Abuse S1E41

The Arts And Domestic Abuse S1E41

"People aren’t just the victims in their stories; they’re the heroes of their stories." – Joyce Hayden Even if you haven't been hurt by domestic violence, someone you know has and wishes they could tell you about it. Perhaps you are a therapist, teacher, academic, or social worker who wants to help those who are suffering. Or maybe you are in an abusive relationship and need to know that you are not alone. The poems, memoirs, and creative nonfiction pieces collected here tell of real incidents of abuse, as well as of those who left destructive and unsalvageable relationships. The beauty and truth of the language, as well as the honesty and courage, set this anthology apart from self-help manuals and academic treatises on domestic violence. This book offers a path forward to healing, health and fulfillment, using the power of art to give voice where voice has been stifled, forgotten, overlooked or denied. Robert Kingett, Joyce Hayden, RK Taylor, Lynn Magill, Christina Hoag, and Heidi Seaborn are survivors of domestic abuse and are here to talk about the book they are all part of, When Home Is Not Safe: Writings on Domestic Verbal, Emotional, and Physical Abuse. You can order the book here: https://amzn.to/34SH95b Robert Kingett is an award-winning Blind author and essayist. He has appeared in publications such as USA Today, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and the Chicago Tribune. He is an advocate for Disabled authors. RK Taylor is a writer and social worker based in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned his MFA from Chatham University, and his work has appeared in Scribble, Flash Fiction Online, Origami Poems Project, among others. He co-edited an anthology entitled Recasting Masculinity (2020) and he co-hosts Deep in the D-Pad, a podcast exploring videogames through an intellectual lens. Joyce Hayden is a former College English professor. She left her teaching position to pursue art and writing. She completed a memoir titled The Out of Body Girl, which chronicles her years with Dissociation and domestic violence.  Heidi Seaborn is Executive Editor of The Adroit Journal and author of PANK Poetry Prize winner An Insomniac’s Slumber Party with Marilyn Monroe, the acclaimed debut Give a Girl Chaos and Comstock Chapbook Award-winning Bite Marks. Recent work in Beloit Poetry Journal, Copper Nickel, Cortland Review, Diode, Financial Times of London, The Missouri Review, The Offing, The Slowdown and the Washington Post. Heidi holds an MFA from NYU. Lynn Magill lives in Western Washington with deep Iowa roots that influence many aspects of her writing and visual art. She holds a master's degree in Professional and Creative Writing from Central Washington University has been published by McFarland and Sons, Thin Air Review, and Meat for Tea, among others.  You can usually find her anywhere there are animals (especially dogs) or a lack of cell phone service - and ideally both. Christina Hoag, a former journalist and foreign correspondent, has written for Time, Business Week, New York Times, Financial Times, among other media. She is the author of YA novel Girl on the Brink, which was inspired by her own experience in an abusive relationship. She is a volunteer facilitator at a domestic violence support group and speaks about abusive relationships.
Jan 26, 202251:52
Music and Human Transformation with Constance Scharff, PhD S1E40

Music and Human Transformation with Constance Scharff, PhD S1E40

"I want people to know that there is recovery and there is hope." - Constance Scharff, PhD Tens of thousands of Americans die from substance abuse and suicide each year. Millions more suffer from mental health disorders. Rock to Recovery -- an innovative, therapeutic music program serving more than one hundred addiction treatment and mental health facilities in the USA -- steps into the breach to offer participants help and hope. By writing, playing, and recording music as a group, non-musicians are able to build a community of support, find enthusiasm for treatment, and realize that recovery is possible. Veterans, trauma survivors, and those struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues can recover with connection. This book contains eighteen stories of people who have used Rock to Recovery’s music program to live a better life. You too can use music to heal. "Music Is the Medicine!" Constance Scharff, PhD is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the topics of addiction recovery and mental health. She most recently served Rock to Recovery, a music-based addiction and trauma treatment program, as VP Business Development, and Science and Research Chair. Previously, Dr. Scharff was Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research for a luxury addiction treatment center based in Malibu, California. She is the 2019 recipient of St. Lawrence University’s Sol Feinstone Humanitarian Award, honoring her service to and advocacy for those suffering from mental illness, trauma, and addiction. Most notably, she is an award-winning, Amazon #1 bestselling author. Her most recent book is "Rock to Recovery: Music as a Catalyst for Human Transformation." Connect with Constance: Twitter: @ConScharffPhd  Facebook: facebook.com/Dr.Scharff  Instagram: @drscharff  Tiktok: @drscharff  LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/cscharff/
Jan 19, 202243:56
Creative Journaling with Amy Latta S1E39

Creative Journaling with Amy Latta S1E39

"Creating is so much more restorative than comparing." – Amy Latta Dancer.  Writer.  Crafter.  Author.  Teacher.   Open yourself up to a new world of creativity and art exploration with Amy's new interactive guided journal, Practice Makes Progress. Amy Latta’s colorful prompts will help you let go of perfection and find joy in the process of art. Readers of Amy’s hand lettering books rave about her encouraging and friendly writing. Every time you open this book, she’ll be there to cheer you on through the ups and downs in your artistic journey, help you find that positive outlook, and remind you of the value you bring to this world through the art that only you can make. Packed with bite-size guided exercises, inspirational quotes, bordered blank pages, and personal stories from Amy’s life as a professional artist, this journal will empower you to embrace self-expression and to take new steps on your creative journey. Amy Latta is an artist, author, and television personality with a passion for helping others discover their creativity. Through her books and workshops, she hopes to inspire even those who feel the least artistic to realize that they really can create amazing things. Connect with Amy: amylattacreations.com
Jan 12, 202243:03
Sing For Hope with Sharyn Pirtle S1E38

Sing For Hope with Sharyn Pirtle S1E38

"That’s how it happened…by looking around the neighborhood and asking, what’s wrong here? This is not right." – Sharyn Pirtle Sing For Hope has all types of programming around the arts but focuses mainly on music. Their goal is to provide accessibility to those who are isolated and don’t have access to the arts. They work with children and adults. Sharyn’s “Aha!” moment began in a fantastic public performing arts school in her native Houston, Texas where children from different socioeconomic backgrounds came to share their passion for the arts.  Many years later, the influence of that special school, inspired Sharyn to create Young at Arts, a performing arts after-school program dedicated to closing the gaps in arts education. In 2021, Sharyn was asked to build the new Sing for Hope - Young at Arts Lab at the Amani Public Charter School in Mount Vernon and to direct Sing for Hope's Open Arts, a fun, easy-to-use online arts program where users can enjoy LIVE and INTERACTIVE performances and up-close interviews from the brightest stars to local artists serving their communities to students who are using art to make their lives better. Open Arts' main goal is to reach those who need this dynamic connection most - youth and those in isolation. Connect with Sharyn and Sing For Hope: @singforhope  @youngatartsny
Jan 05, 202246:58
Finding Your Creative Practice with Ben Corkery S1E37

Finding Your Creative Practice with Ben Corkery S1E37

Some of the same themes come up time and time again during the recordings of this podcast and it continues to reiterate these central themes of how important and why art is so important for our wellbeing. The arts are so important for emotional regulation and mental health and health of communities and these are all things artists just do naturally. Ben Corkery, our guest today, was one of those people that felt called to do something expressive and went on his own journey to discover his own creative practice. Ben also shares some fun, easy things you can start doing or add to your current creative practice. Ben Corkery is a blogger and podcaster with a background in education. He explores topics the around importance of creative projects for our mental and emotional health. Ben explores ways that we can get unstuck from our creative blocks and start making positive change in our lives through building something meaningful. Connect with Ben:   Instagram @benedict_corkery
Dec 29, 202142:02
Music Saved My Life with Federica Bressan S1E36

Music Saved My Life with Federica Bressan S1E36

"I’m not saying I’m the best. I’m saying I’m doing my best." - Federica Bressan We love getting the perspective from different people and their relationship with the arts and how it has impacted their health. Federica Bressan joins us from Italy, who says music saved her life. She has a fascinating story about how music was her saving grace through a difficult childhood. She rediscovered her artist self when she stepped away from performing professionally and started creating for herself. She also shares her views on music education and it was interesting hearing the similarities between academic music education in Italy and what happens in the United States. Federica is an Italian and Slovenian digital nomad who's just turned 40 this year, and she is starting her third career - in communication. She is a podcaster and conducts video interviews on science and technology on YouTube. Previously, she worked as a musician and an academic researcher - her research revolved around audio, music, and sound recordings. She plays several instruments, she's currently learning the electric guitar, and no question about it - music saved her life. Many times. Connect with Federica: website: http://federicabressan.com
Dec 22, 202146:20
Hip Hop Therapy with J.C. Hall, LMSW, EXAT S1E35

Hip Hop Therapy with J.C. Hall, LMSW, EXAT S1E35

Subconsciously I was finding a life vest in the music. His story is so beautiful and such an amazing example of someone who has transformed their own experience with hardship and created a space to serve the people the way he needed to be served. Hear what hip hop therapy is and how JC found it (spoiler alert: GOOGLE) and why it’s effective! He even has some recommendations for a practitioner looking to add hip hop therapy. JC also shares some resources for you to try it out for yourself! J.C. Hall is a Hip Hop artist and social worker who runs the Hip Hop Therapy Studio program at Mott Haven Community High School, a “second-chance” transfer school in the South Bronx. In 2013, Hall assembled a professional recording studio in an old storage room to provide youth the opportunity to engage in the therapeutic process through writing, recording, producing and performing their own music. As a result of the program’s success, the studio has more than doubled in size and investment. The origins of the program are chronicled in the award-winning short documentary Mott Haven, which showcases the efficacy of this approach in addressing trauma and grief in the wake of a school tragedy. Connect with J.C. Hall: website: hiphoptherapy.com Instagram: @fienyxny Twitter: @fienyxny
Dec 15, 202148:05
Honor Your Creativity with Gina Clark: S1E34

Honor Your Creativity with Gina Clark: S1E34

Screw this! I’m going to pick up a crayon and piece of paper and play around! – Gina Clark Almost everyone will be able to relate to Gina Clark.  Gina is a Creativity Coach but doesn’t come from a professional creative background but came to creativity and creative expression out of her own core need later in life. So many adults haven’t done anything artistic in years and Gina is here to give you permission to start right now, no matter your age. Listen to the end to learn about free resources and downloads Gina offers! Gina Clark is an artist, writer, and certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach who believes everyone -- even the most analytic people -- can be creative with a little help. She is the founder of Gina Clark Creative, an online community that provides creative resources and coaching for people looking to ignite their creativity. She especially loves to help her fellow left-brained creatives and analytic artists and believes that embracing your creativity is the ultimate act of self-care. Connect with Gina: Gina's website Gina's Instagram Gina's Facebook Gina's Pinterest
Dec 08, 202132:37
Art Of Human Care with Dr Hassan A Tetteh: S1E33

Art Of Human Care with Dr Hassan A Tetteh: S1E33

"You don’t have to cure in order to heal." – Dr. Hassan A Tetteh We’ve probably all had a bad experience with a doctor or healthcare provider. Dr. Tetteh is committed to humanizing healthcare and talks about the importance of arts and humanities for people that are going into the healthcare field and the role that it plays in our health and well-being. He’s so passionate about this that he has written books and has his own podcast about it! If you listen to the end, you will find out how to win a copy of one of his books! Dr. Hassan A. Tetteh, is a heart and lung transplant surgeon, US Navy Captain, associate professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, adjunct faculty at Howard University College of Medicine and University of Maryland Medical Center, and author of The Art of Human Care book series. To connect with Dr. Tetteh, please visit the following platforms:   The Art of Human Care - www.artofhumancare.com Instagram: @doctortetteh  @theartofhumancare   Facebook: Dr. Tetteh's Facebook Page   Twitter: @doctortetteh
Dec 01, 202145:30
Creativity & Aging with Assured Assisted Living: S1E32

Creativity & Aging with Assured Assisted Living: S1E32

They are part of the world and have so much to share. - Francis LeGasse Jr If you have any elders in your life that you love and you want to know how to care for them better and have a better vision for what elder care can look at for our country then listen to this episode. They’ve given up. They don’t care anymore. They don’t want to learn. FALSE. We’re talking to Blair and Francis from Assured Assisted Living in Colorado and they have a new approach to elder care that centers around a “home” model. It’s better care, a better experience for the residents, and……less costly! We end the episode with a fun, accessible art activity from Artist-in-Residence, Elaine, that you can do with your eyes closed!  Supplies: paper, colored markers, pen or Sharpie, q-tip or paintbrush Connect with Francis and Blair at www.assuredassistedliving.com
Nov 24, 202101:14:40
Enhancing Your Life With Music with Mindy Peterson: S1E31

Enhancing Your Life With Music with Mindy Peterson: S1E31

"Imagine going to watch a movie or a commercial or sporting event….and there’s no music." – Mindy Peterson It's a cross-over episode with Mindy Peterson of the podcast Enhance Life With Music!  In the Enhance Life with Music podcast, Mindy explores the power of music through the lens of science & health, sports & entertainment, business, and education. The three of us are passionate about the power of music and the arts to enhance lives, and we’re excited about the opportunity to join forces on this episode that will be released in BOTH of our podcast feeds! We’ll be weaving our two worlds together and hope to create something for our listeners that is greater than the sum of the parts. In this episode you'll hear from all of us about: favorite episodes resources stories about meeting guests the role music plays in sports, food, shopping......in life, really! host dream guests Mindy is an educator and host, creator & producer of the podcast, "Enhance Life with Music: A holistic look at the power of music in our everyday lives." Mindy is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) who has taught piano lessons since 1991 to students ages kindergarten to adult, in Michigan and Minnesota. Mindy is the Arts Advocacy Chair of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA); board member of West Suburban Music Teachers Association (WSMTA); and a member of many trade groups. Enhance Life with Music is in Chartable's Top 200 Music Podcasts list for both USA and Global lists, has downloads in over 100 countries, and is in Listen Score's top 10% of global podcasts (like Nielsen ratings for podcasts). Connect with Mindy: Facebook @EnhanceLifeMusic  Instagram @enhancelifemusic  Twitter @musicenhances  LinkedIn @Mindy Peterson
Nov 17, 202147:24
Arts And The Military with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD and Stephan Wolfert: S1E30

Arts And The Military with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD and Stephan Wolfert: S1E30

Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, holds a doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in research and health psychology and is a clinical mental health counselor, expressive arts therapist, and art therapist who has spent over 30 years working with individuals with traumatic stress and studying how the arts support reparation, integration, and recovery from trauma. She is the founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that trains mental health and health care practitioners in medical, educational, and community settings and assists in disaster relief and humanitarian efforts throughout the world. Playwright and actor Stephan Wolfert, is a US Army, ’86-’93, Medic & Infantry Officer who left a career in the military for a life in the theatre after seeing Shakespeare’s Richard III. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island. Stephan created the award-winning non-profit, DE-CRUIT, treating trauma through Shakespeare and Science and continues to tour his critically acclaimed show, Cry Havoc, around the US and Europe. Connect with Cathy at cathymalchiodi.com Connect with Stephan at www.decruit.org
Nov 12, 202101:05:42
Veterans Art Project with Steve Dilley: S1E29

Veterans Art Project with Steve Dilley: S1E29

"I’ve always felt that art has been a way for me to survive and thrive and I just felt like it was my artistic responsibility to help people with something that meant something to me." – Steve Dilley You may not think that military personnel and the arts would go together but they do! There is a national initiative between the Depart of Defense and the National Endowment of the Arts to bring the arts to veterans. The Veterans Affair’s own website says that the creative arts “helps injured and recuperating veterans improve fine motor skills, cogitative functioning, manage stress and substance abuse, cope with symptoms of PTSD, while also improving their sense of self-esteem and overall physical and mental health.” Steve Dilley M.F.A. is the director of the Veterans Art Project.  He was moved after 9/11  to help Veterans, active duty, and spouses through art making. Steve believes it is urgent to help our contemporary military population to share all the benefits that a life of art making gives. In addition to running the day-to-day with VETART, Steve is an Associate Professor of Art/Sculpture at Grossmont College in El Cajon, CA. Listen to hear what Steve thinks art is doing to make the connections happen in people’s brains. He also shares some great ways you can get creative at home if you don’t have access to the VA.
Nov 03, 202151:42
Music and Dementia with Amy Standridge: S1E28

Music and Dementia with Amy Standridge: S1E28

What’s fun got to do with it? This episode isn’t just for people who are dealing with dementia. Amy Standridge joins us to talk about music for self-care and the role that humor and play should have in our lives. She also teaches us a simple music activity for when you need a moment to make some noise! Amy has been a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) for over 20 years and has master's degrees in both music therapy and music and human learning. Amy currently works with people living with dementia and their care partners and leads an online choir through Meals on Wheels San Antonio. Amy's core values include connection, authenticity, acceptance, and fun! Links from this episode: www.musictherapy.org (American Music Therapy Association)  www.mowsatx.org/grace-notes (Grace Notes Community Choir/Meals on Wheels) www.givingvoicechorus.org/ (Giving Voice Choruses for people living with dementia and their care partners)  www.alz.org (Alzheimer's Association).
Oct 27, 202152:07
Resilience In Writing with Lorna Rose: S1E27

Resilience In Writing with Lorna Rose: S1E27

"I write to claim my feelings, allowing me to do with them what I need, to affirm and sit with myself in ways I couldn't otherwise, and to inspire others." - Lorna Rose The arts have the ability to understand ourselves in a deeper way and can lead us into authentic and truthful, honest living. Sometimes what we’re thinking and feeling are dark and painful but the arts can help identify those things and help us move through those things. Oftentimes when you’re dealing with trauma or going through a life-altering health challenge, you think you’re completely alone and the only person who knows but most of the time you’re not but it could just be that no one is talking about it. After writing her story, Lorna realized she wasn’t the only one struggling and in turn, helped others who had gone or were going through the same thing. Lorna Rose is a Pacific Northwest writer and speaker. Her work has been recognized by PNWA and the Oregon Poetry Association and has appeared in several magazines and anthologies. She is a former president of Write On The River, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting writers in North Central Washington and beyond, as well as on the board of the Oregon Poetry Association. Lorna is also a certified ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) speaker and has spoken publicly on finding resilience through writing, overcoming adversity, motherhood and writing, and her experience in AmeriCorps.  For more on Lorna, check out www.lornarose.com
Oct 20, 202147:23
Arts In Pediatric Cancer with Diane Mifsud: S1E26

Arts In Pediatric Cancer with Diane Mifsud: S1E26

"They were allowed to say no to me and that’s ok. That was an empowering moment and one of the most important things I’ve learned." - Diane Mifsud How do you engage pediatric cancer patients? There is a lot of data around the impact of the arts on this population from reducing anxiety, depression and improving quality of life. It’s also important to note that these programs are just as important for the caregivers, who are witnessing their children going through treatment. Diane has been a professional artist in Las Vegas for over 25yrs. For the last 14 years she has focused her time and energy in the area of Arts in Medicine. As the Director of Project Imagine, Cure 4 The Kids Foundations exclusive Arts in Medicine Program she feels passionate about educating her community on the importance of creative experiences in a healthcare setting. You can connect with Diane and the work she is doing at Cure4TheKids by visiting cure4thekids.org
Oct 13, 202142:09
Music and Mental Health with Natalie Layne: S1E25

Music and Mental Health with Natalie Layne: S1E25

I’m just a little songbird trying to fly my way homeward. Musician Natalie Layne wrote the theme song for the podcast and now you get to hear it in its entirety! We found her on TikTok and she has such a sweet story about creativity and music in her life but she's also passionate about mental health in the music industry. Natalie Layne is a songwriter, recording artist, and pianist from Colorado Springs, now based in Nashville. Growing up, Natalie focused on classical piano and led worship regularly at church. At age 10, she began to write and record her own songs and has never stopped. Natalie’s new EP, Castles, was released in September of 2021. Natalie starts the interview off with a wonderful breathing exercise and prayer that could fit perfectly into your daily routine. We also play a trivia game!  Natalie and Constanza compete to see who knows more TV show theme songs! Connect with Natalie on social media @natalielaynemusic 
Oct 06, 202145:05
Project: Music Heals Us S1E24

Project: Music Heals Us S1E24

Project: Music Heals Us was not founded in a musical moment. It was founded in a moment of silence and human connection. They have performed 1000 free concerts in hospitals, hospices, prisons, homeless shelters, nursing homes, and refugee camps. Project: Music Heals Us is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide encouragement, education, and healing through bringing high-quality live music performances and interactive programming to marginalized communities with limited ability to access it themselves, with a focus on elderly, disabled, rehabilitating, hospitalized, incarcerated, and homeless populations. During this episode, we'll hear about: The differences between the efficacy of live art, and the feelings community it creates, as opposed to pre-recorded content?  What research is happening to study the effects of live digital art intervention on populations that don't have access to in-person live arts? How we can make sure that these types of programs can be perpetually funded, be it through payments from hospitals, insurers, foundations, governmental funding, etc? PLUS MORE! About the guests: The New York Times has hailed cellist Andrew Janss for his "glowing tone", "insightful musicianship", and "sumptuous elegance”. Janss has collaborated onstage with iconic artists such as Itzhak Perlman and Bruce Springstein, and has performed for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Marlboro Music Festival. He serves as Executive Director of Project: Music Heals Us, a nationwide non-profit organization that brings healing and inspiration through music to people and communities with little or no access to live performing arts. For this work, he was recognized as a 2020-21 Emerson Collective Fellow. Molly Carr is a violist, teacher, nonprofit executive, skier, soccer fan, amateur mountain-biker, chronic introvert, mother of five plants and an adopted sharpull named Billie Jean (that's a Shar Pei + Pitbull in case you're wondering...), and wife to an amazing partner named Oded. She is a member of the Carr-Petrova Duo and the Iris Trio, teacher on faculty at the Juilliard School, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Musical Arts Madrid, and the founder and artistic director of the nonprofit Project: Music Heals Us. Over the past three decades, her career path has developed into what many would consider outright “non-traditional.” While she has had the great honor of performing around the globe in such revered venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, etc, she says "I have had the even greater honor and privilege of stepping behind prison walls to witness “hardened criminals” soften and weep at the sound of Beethoven’s string quartets, of standing at the bedside of hospital ICU patients to hold their hands and offer my best in their final minutes of life, of returning to federal correctional institutions to celebrate the miracle of opposing gang members becoming musical bandmates, of visiting refugee camps to offer the creative space for traumatized children to dance, sing, smile and freely express themselves for the first time in years." Connect with Project: Music Heals Us at https://www.pmhu.org/
Sep 29, 202101:05:03
Advocating For The Arts with Ann S Graham: S1E23

Advocating For The Arts with Ann S Graham: S1E23

EVERY VOICE MATTERS What are the tactics we can employ on a regular basis to make our voices heard and to help speak up on behalf of those who may not be heard? If you’re listening to this podcast you’re at least interested, if not passionate, about arts accessibility and promoting the arts. It can be overwhelming and intimidating to be an advocate, but Ann S Graham breaks down the ways in which you can be the voice of the arts in your community. Ann Graham whistled before she talked, but her mother reminded her that once she started talking, she began speaking up to make the world a better place. After a 25 year career in the arts, culture and creativity sector – arts festival producer, public art administrator, nonprofit leader, municipal arts planner, and more – Ann took on the Executive Directorship of Texans for the Arts, Texas’ statewide arts advocacy organization. Powered by its members – arts organizations, individual artists, citizen arts leaders, businesses – Texans for the Arts seeks to secure, protect and grow the public investment in the arts and ensure that the arts, culture and creativity sector have a voice at the political, fiscal and social justice tables of our democracy. In 2016, Americans for the Arts Convention was held in Boston, Massachusetts. Having lived in Boston for 12 years prior to moving to Austin, Texas, Ann was familiar with the arts landscape, but didn’t realize the depth of work already being done then in the arts and health arena. She signed up for the “Art and Health” conference tour – which featured extensive and expansive programming at several Boston hospitals (Brigham & Women’s, Boston Children’s) and exchanged business cards with some of the other tour attendees. Who would have thought that one year later those same business cards would introduce her to the founders of NOAH – the National Organization for Arts in Health who held their first conference in Austin in 2016 (and the rest is history). Since that time, Ann S Graham has followed NOAH’s work and their commitment to research, data collection and analysis – sharing and giving voice to a significant body of work that has moved the needle on the international understanding of arts and health. In addition, as an advocacy leader, Texans for the Arts has supported legislative action to support music therapy licensure in the state of Texas (still working on legislation that did not pass in the 87th Session) and aiming to give voice to the field as we engage in the legislative process. And, as a trained cellist…there is no question in her mind of the positive impact of the arts on our health and health care. Connect with Ann S Graham at texansforthearts.com and hottoolkit.com
Sep 22, 202149:53
Musical Bridges Around The World: S1E22

Musical Bridges Around The World: S1E22

Musical Bridges Around the World is a multicultural arts organization focused on education and creating one-of-a-kind performances by internationally renown artists for the benefit of the general public and underserved youth and elderly communities, while fostering San Antonio’s reputation as a cosmopolitan cultural center. ALL of our public performances are free! What makes our programming unique is the pairing of Grammy-Award winning artists with folk, classical and jazz musicians across genres. Works are often commissioned by MBAW for world premieres and artists frequently develop future collaborations after meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The organization was founded in 1998 by Russian-born concert pianist Dr. Anya Grokhovski, along with a group of music lovers to promote cultural understanding through innovative programming. MBAW envisions San Antonio as a vibrant epicenter that embraces her rich heritage and increasingly diverse cultural make-up through performances of international repute for all residents and visitors, regardless of socioeconomic standing. PLUS a special live musical performance AND hear how you can win some prizes by following our Instagram @artsforthehealthofit Learn more about Musical Bridges Around The World by visiting their website musicalbridges.org
Aug 18, 202148:55
Broadway Is Back with Bradley Dean: S1E21

Broadway Is Back with Bradley Dean: S1E21

What have the last 16 months been like for Broadway?  Bradley Dean plays Monsieur Andre in the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera and he's here talking not only talk about the exciting return of Broadway but the emotional toll COVID-19 has had on him, how he kept creative, and his love of pancakes.   What was the first show he ever saw? How do he and Constanza know each other? What made Rich cry? Where did Bradley live for 3 months during the lockdown? How can you connect with Bradley and get tickets to see Phantom?   You can find Bradley Dean online at bradleydean.net or Instagram and Facebook @thebroadwaydean
Aug 11, 202139:15
The Power Of Music with Diana Lee, MD & Rose Grace: S1E20

The Power Of Music with Diana Lee, MD & Rose Grace: S1E20

The pursuit of the best health outcomes for all is the passion of Diana Lee and the common thread that runs through her life and career. As an expert in research-based wellness and health promotion, she complements her skills with seasoned public speaking and facilitation.  She is also the Co-Chair of the annual Music & Medicine Symposium at B-CU.   Rose Grace is a Russian-born performing artist, vocal coach, educator, and conference presenter.   She is the current  Associate Professor of Piano at Bethune-Cookman University and the Co-Chair of the annual Music & Medicine Symposium at B-CU.  Diana also teaches us about Emotional Freedom Technique (aka tapping) and guides us through a tapping session.   Connect with them on Facebook @BCUcommunityperformanceseries
Aug 04, 202147:27
Loving Your Body Through Art with Artery Ink: S1E19

Loving Your Body Through Art with Artery Ink: S1E19

You don't have to be great at art, you just have to create what comes to you - Gloria Mara & Gloria met in Milwaukee while working in the service industry. Gloria grew up in Mexico City and Mara grew up in Chicago. They bonded over art, food, and travel and became partners in life and soon to be in business. They've now been together for almost 12 years and married for 1 and a half. Art, food, and travel are still the biggest passions and they hope to inspire people across the globe to learn more about their bodies and love their lives more!    Artery Ink was created with the mission to build community and inspire you to learn more about your body. Both Mara and Gloria have art backgrounds but not health backgrounds. They went through their own health struggles and in the process learned a lot about their bodies and taking good care of them.    Follow @artsforthehealthofit on Instagram to learn how you can win a copy of Artery Ink's coloring book and a sticker set!   Visit arteryink.com to learn more about Artery Ink.
Jul 27, 202146:32
Art and Traumatic Stress with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD: S1E18

Art and Traumatic Stress with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD: S1E18

"If you have curiosity and playfulness, fear can’t exist with that." - Cathy Malchiodi, PhD Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, holds a doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in research and health psychology and is a clinical mental health counselor, expressive arts therapist, and art therapist who has spent over 30 years working with individuals with traumatic stress and studying how the arts support reparation, integration and recovery from trauma. She is the founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that trains mental health and health care practitioners in medical, educational, and community settings and assists in disaster relief and humanitarian efforts throughout the world. Connect with Cathy at cathymalchiodi.com
Jul 21, 202158:57
Integrating Arts Into Healthcare Training with Dr. Alice Jacobs Vestergaard and Lori Aston-Dixon: S1E17

Integrating Arts Into Healthcare Training with Dr. Alice Jacobs Vestergaard and Lori Aston-Dixon: S1E17

Dr. Alice Vestergaard is a pioneer in the integration of expressive arts into interdisciplinary health professions training. She created the required humanities course in the RN to BSN program at Samuel Merritt University and also the HEARTS (Health, Education, and the ARTS university-wide initiative. She is currently working on a narrative medicine workbook that can be integrated across all health professions training to assist in creating better patient-centric care. We are also joined by one of her students, Lori Aston-Dixon.  Lori is a graduate of the RN-BSN program at Samuel Merritt University. She has been a registered nurse since 2012 with a background in Cardiology, Stroke/Neuro, and Trauma.  Hear why Lori chose this particular program and how she got the nickname "Spoken Word Poet Nurse" from Dr. Vestergaard.
Jul 14, 202155:27
Guiding Young Hearts and Strengthening Inner Resources with Roe Anderson: S1E16

Guiding Young Hearts and Strengthening Inner Resources with Roe Anderson: S1E16

Our guest this week is Girl Stance Founder, Roe Anderson. Undefined, yet a warrior of many skills and talents, Roe identifies herself as the divine paradox of existence. Although Roe is trained in many skills and certified as an advanced yoga teacher, she chooses not to identify with her roles but instead show up as needed and inspire through the art of being authentically her.   Girl Stance was formed in the summer of 2017 with a mission to empower elevate and expand the essence of Black girls in Chattanooga, Tennessee using the transformational teachings of yoga. Since 2017,  Girl Stance has focused on creating opportunities for youth to step into their greatness and become self-sustaining leaders in their communities. Through Girl Stance programs, not only do girls create change by engaging in pro-social activities, but in the process, they learn problem-solving skills, outdoor survival skills, healthy eating tips, yoga, art,  entrepreneurship and more.  Girl Stance programs also focused on leadership skills, goal-planning, financial literacy, building a network, exposure, community engagement, skill-building, sisterhood building, and socio-emotional learning among other things. Our  retreats empower each girl to actually act on the information that they receive from instructors, educators and program activities to give them the leadership and confidence needed to create a lasting impact. We end the interview in tears as Roe talks Richard and Constanza through a guided meditation that you can do at home! Connect with Roe at girlstance.org
Jul 07, 202157:10
Arts In An Unseen World with Ginny Owens: S1E15

Arts In An Unseen World with Ginny Owens: S1E15

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, a degenerative eye condition left Ginny completely blind by the tender age of three. As her vision diminished, her love of music and the piano expanded, and Ginny discovered songwriting as a window into her unseen world. The unique perspectives inspired by her vision impairment have resulted in inspirational lyrics paired with her diverse musicianship to afford her a space on an even more diverse set of stages, including the Sundance Film Festival, Lilith Fair and the White House, and recordings that transcend genre expectations. Owens’ first book, Singing in the Dark, was released on May 1. Ginny Owens has been releasing thoughtfully crafted songs for over twenty years. Since her Rocketown Records debut, Without Condition, Owens has recorded more than ten albums, garnering critical success, chart-topping radio singles, and numerous film and television placements. She also gives us multiple writing prompts that use the music you're already listening to! You can connect with Ginny by visiting ginnyowens.com
Jun 30, 202146:23
Music, Movement, and Health with Frankie Armstrong: S1E14

Music, Movement, and Health with Frankie Armstrong: S1E14

Frankie Armstrong has sung professionally in the folk scene and the women's and the peace movements since the 1960s.  She pioneered community voice workshops in 1975. She continued her previous trade as a trainer in social and youth work alongside the voice workshops for a decade, before focusing exclusively on the voice workshops and singing.    Frankie has made 12 solo albums, as well as featuring on numerous shared and themed recordings. She has written an autobiography (As Far As the Eye Can Sing), co-edited Well Tuned Women (on women and voice) with Jenny Pearson, and also contributed chapters to 11 other books. Her most recent book (with Janet Rogers) is Acting and Singing with Archetypes.     She is the Founder and President of the Natural Voice Network, which grew out of her voice teaching and training work. Frankie is also an honorary member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) of North America and was awarded the Gold Badge in 2018 by the English Folk Dance and Song Society. She is also a Patron of Musicians for Peace and Disarmament (MPD).    The development of her voice and singing workshops was informed by her passion for the traditional styles of singing in the British Isles and from around the world, along with her involvement in the ‘natural voice’ developments in the theatre world (particularly the work of Cicely Berry and Kristin Linklater).    In London, Frankie is a guest teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama (both on the drama therapy course and the Voice MA), and, for 23 years, regularly taught at the National Theatre Studio. She has been a tutor at International Voice Conferences in the UK, Australia and North America. For over 30 years, she has taken ‘apprentices’ and run training groups (often with Darien Pritchard) to pass on her approach and style of voice work.    Over the years she has run workshops with almost every kind of group – for children of all ages and abilities, professional theatre companies, community and women’s groups, people with disabilities, drama students, therapists, psychiatric patients, folk song students and the elderly. Whatever the specific focus of her workshops, she believes in creating a supportive, generous atmosphere where people do not feel judged or under pressure to get things “right”. The intention is to help people find their own unique voice that generates energy, confidence and a sense of life fullness.    Having been involved with folk and political songs since the 1950s, she’s always been fascinated by the way that voice can enhance the individual’s sense of well-being and also develop a sense of community. It can link us to the thread of song that comes down to us from our ancestors. Hence, she has always been interested in exploring voice and song in its historical, cultural, political and spiritual dimensions. She also sees the voice as a tool to aid our self-expression, creativity and confidence. And, for more than three decades, she has focused particularly on the body-voice connection, having worked and trained with a variety of bodywork and movement teachers.   We end the interview with an interactive voice and movement exercise you can do at home with a surprise guest!   You can connect with Frankie by visiting her website: www.frankiearmstrong.uk
Jun 23, 202153:25
Music And Your Health with Sergio Navarretta: S1E13

Music And Your Health with Sergio Navarretta: S1E13

Sergio Navarretta is an internationally recognized award-winning director who is fiercely passionate about bringing meaningful content to the screen. He draws inspiration from Italian  neorealism and considers his work an exploration of the human condition. Navarretta’s projects are touching, relevant, inclusive, often humorous, and most importantly, entertaining. He is  currently hard at work innovating creative ways for his projects and the film industry at large to press on during the unprecedented COVID19 crisis.    Rich and Constanza also share an easy way to change your mood through a music playlist.    Connect with Sergio at www.thecubanmovie.com
Jun 16, 202152:08
Dance Is The Answer with Jennifer Bassage Bonfil: S1E12

Dance Is The Answer with Jennifer Bassage Bonfil: S1E12

Jennifer Bassage Bonfil is a Southern California-based modern dancer and dance educator. She earned her MA in Dance Education through the University of Northern Colorado, her BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University, and her comprehensive Pilates certification at Body Arts & Science International. Driven by her passion for dance education, Jenn serves as the Dance Education & Curriculum Specialist at The Wooden Floor where she has been on faculty since 2006.   We end the interview with an easy, fun, creative way to spell your name by dancing that you can use at any event!   Connect with Jennifer: TheWoodenFloor.org
Jun 09, 202148:54
Getting Your Creative Dreams Off The Ground with Jeff Liesawitz: S1E11

Getting Your Creative Dreams Off The Ground with Jeff Liesawitz: S1E11

EXPLICIT CONTENT:  SWEARING Jeff Leisawitz is a life coach for heart-centered creative types. Jeff burns with a mission— to inspire and teach writers, artists, songwriters, musicians, filmmakers, solopreneurs, arts organizations (and every other human with a heartbeat) to amp up their vision, tap into their potential and shine in the world. Register for the "Getting Your Creative Dreams Off The Ground" Workshop at heartsneedart.org/createforacause Connect with Jeff:  jeffleisawitz.com
Jun 02, 202151:32
Do What You Love To Fight What You Hate with Curtis Romjue: S1E10

Do What You Love To Fight What You Hate with Curtis Romjue: S1E10

Curtis Romjue is co-founder and president of First Aid Arts - based in Seattle, Washington. First Aid Arts' mission is to equip trauma care providers with arts-based tools and training for "a world where wounded hearts heal beautifully." Curtis is a professional musician, a surfer, sailor, husband, and father. His motto is "do what you love to fight what you hate." We talk about the holistic impact of stress and trauma, and why the arts are a beautifully strategic resource for healing and resilience. Free resources, including a Mini Toolkit and reading list, can be found at: https://www.firstaidarts.org/covid-19
May 26, 202137:43
Childhood Trauma And The Arts with Yadira Puente and Lauren Lawson: S1E9

Childhood Trauma And The Arts with Yadira Puente and Lauren Lawson: S1E9

"Yadi at Artvango was one of those therapists who did a phenomenal job and my kids were able to make a couple of breakthroughs with her and through art therapy." - Lauren   Yadira Puente is a board certified art therapist and founder of Artvango Therapeutic Services, Inc. a nonprofit organization in San Antonio, which offers expressive forms of therapy to children affected by abuse, neglect, and trauma. She is also a foster/adopt mom and uses her experience to help families struggling with their children's traumatic experiences.    Lauren Lawson is former foster youth turned foster and adoptive mom of 10.  She is also a military spouse that has fostered in three states.  A few of her children have received therapy from different art therapists as well as play therapy and traditional therapy.     Connect with Yadira: www.artvango.org  Connect with Lauren: https://youtube.com/channel/UC9_i9kxW-0SwXT0yvPrarFw
May 19, 202146:20
Dying With Dignity with Andrea Wilson Woods: S1E8

Dying With Dignity with Andrea Wilson Woods: S1E8

Andrea Wilson Woods is a writer who loves to tell stories, and a patient advocate who founded the nonprofit Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, a for-profit, social-benefit, digital health company. With Cancer U, Andrea synergizes her talents of coaching, writing, teaching, and advocacy. Her best-selling and award-winning book, Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days, is a medical memoir about raising and losing her sister to liver cancer. We take a moment at the end of the interview for quiet-time, as Andrea guides us through a moment of breathing and meditation. Connect with Andrea: https://betteroffbald.com  https://bluefaery.org  https://cancer.university  https://andreawilsonwoods.com
May 12, 202150:22
Healthcare Worker Burnout with Dr. Alan Siegel: S1E7

Healthcare Worker Burnout with Dr. Alan Siegel: S1E7

Dr. Alan Siegel is a Family Physician in Northern California. He has run an arts in health program, Art of Health and Healing, for the last 10 years for his county health system. He has also been working nationally to bring the arts to health care workers to address burnout, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. His ARC Program (Arts for Resilience in Clinicians) will be releasing a website soon to make expressive arts engagement available to all health care workers.  Dr. Siegel is also the  Executive Board member of the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH), and Lead for NOAH's Clinician Burnout and Well-being Working Group. We talk about healthcare worker burnout, stress, anxiety, PTSD and how the arts should be used to address these issues. While these issues predated COVID, it has become much worse during the pandemic and will continue to worsen as the pandemic improves. You can watch the music video for his song "The Doctor Is Out" at https://vimeo.com/509467670
May 05, 202146:01
Mental Health, Self-Identity and Art with Nick Fagan: S1E6

Mental Health, Self-Identity and Art with Nick Fagan: S1E6

Nick Fagan is a visual artist working in Richmond, VA. His work deals with a wide range of issues such as mental health, spiritualism, and self-identity. He explores these issues using different mediums as a way to amplify them.  We also talk to Carol, who is an artist, musician and care-giver to her husband. Carol and her husband received services from Hearts Need Art while he was in the hospital.  Carol volunteered with the organization after her husband was discharged and saw the impact it has on not only patients but the medical staff and wrote a poem that we sent to the staff. You can learn more about Nick by visiting his website www.nick-fagan-studio.com Gratitude Grams can be sent and received at www.heartsneedart.org/gratitudegrams Find out how you can create more joy with us! Subscribe FOR FREE on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite shows. No talent or experience necessary. "Arts for the Health of It" is presented by Hearts Need Art in Partnership with the National Organization for Arts in Health. To learn more on how to support the podcast or sign up for our newsletter visit https://heartsneedart.org/podcast/
Apr 28, 202144:46
Integrating Arts into Healthcare with Shay Thornton Kulha: S1E5

Integrating Arts into Healthcare with Shay Thornton Kulha: S1E5

Ever wondered what a hospital would look like if it fully integrated the arts into patient care? Guest Shay Thornton Kulha is the manager of operations for the Center for Performing Arts Medicine, one of the most comprehensive arts in healthcare organizations in the country. She is also a professor of Arts in Health in the Master of Arts Leadership program at University of Houston. Listen, learn, and dream with us about the future of patient care in the US. Find out how you can create more joy with us! Subscribe FOR FREE on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite shows. No talent or experience necessary. "Arts for the Health of It" is presented by Hearts Need Art in Partnership with the National Organization for Arts in Health. To learn more on how to support the podcast or sign up for our newsletter visit https://heartsneedart.org/podcast/
Apr 21, 202153:29
Transpersonal Art Therapy with Corry MacDonald: S1E4

Transpersonal Art Therapy with Corry MacDonald: S1E4

In this episode, we talk to Corry MacDonald, a transpersonal art therapist, HeartSpeaker, energy healer, and advanced cognitive coach. As a Canadian-born world traveler, she shares what it’s like to adapt Art Therapy to different cultures. Follow along as she leads us through a powerful exercise from her new book Life in Full Colors: Unlock your Childlike Curiosity to Uncover the Creative Intelligence You Are. Find more about Corry at creatinghealingwithcorry.com "Arts for the Health of It" is presented by Hearts Need Art in Partnership with the National Organization for Arts in Health. To learn more on how to support the podcast or sign up for our newsletter visit https://heartsneedart.org/podcast/
Apr 13, 202101:04:34
Social Prescribing with Jill Sonke: S1E3

Social Prescribing with Jill Sonke: S1E3

What would it look like if doctors could prescribe cultural, arts, and social engagement? Our guest on this episode, Jill Sonke, is the director of the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida and the co-principal investigator for the EpiARTS Lab, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her team explores the impact of arts and cultural engagement on population health outcomes in the US through epidemiological analyses of US cohort studies. Jill shares the impact of “social prescribing” in the United Kingdom and what her team is hoping to achieve in the United States. Find out more about the EpiArts Lab at https://tinyurl.com/EpiARTS "Arts for the Health of It" is presented by Hearts Need Art in Partnership with the National Organization for Arts in Health. To learn more on how to support the podcast or sign up for our newsletter visit https://heartsneedart.org/podcast/
Apr 13, 202143:51
Coping with Cancer Under 40 with Rob Shaver: S1E2

Coping with Cancer Under 40 with Rob Shaver: S1E2

In this episode, you will hear the inspiring story of how Rob Shaver and Constanza Roeder used the arts to foster resilience as Adolescent and Young Adult cancer survivors. Rob Shaver is a Sixteen year three-time (stage 4 at initial diagnosis) cancer survivor.  He has a deep love for the outdoors and music and believes the role they played in his treatment cannot be overstated. Rob is one of the founding musicians of Hearts Need Art and believes that the arts should be accessible to all cancer patients. We hope his story will inspire you to lean into your creativity to cope with challenges in your life. Constanza shares part of some exercises by Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT in her Psychology Today article, Tapping the Healing Rhythms of the Vagal Nerve. You can learn more about Constanza at ConstanzaRoeder.com "Arts for the Health of It" is presented by Hearts Need Art in Partnership with the National Organization for Arts in Health. To learn more on how to support the podcast or sign up for our newsletter visit https://heartsneedart.org/podcast/
Apr 13, 202153:51
Pilot: Origin Story: S1E1

Pilot: Origin Story: S1E1

In this episode, we will introduce you to the field of Arts in Health and some of its applications. Podcast hosts Richard Wilmore and Constanza Roeder talk to Naj Wikoff, a professional artist and the Vice President of the National Organization for Arts in Health. He is also the marketing director for Aesthetics, Inc. which uses art and design to create uplifting hospital environments. Naj is a pioneer in the field of Arts in Health who has led medical humanities and hospital arts programs, and used the arts to advance public health and foster healing and resiliency by active duty and veteran military. Naj recently authored the chapters that provide an overview and history of arts in health for NOAH's Core Curriculum coming out later this spring. Find out more about Naj’s work at www.thenoah.net and www.aesthetics.net "Arts for the Health of It" is presented by Hearts Need Art in Partnership with the National Organization for Arts in Health. To learn more on how to support the podcast or sign up for our newsletter visit https://heartsneedart.org/podcast/
Apr 13, 202159:10
Introducing Arts for the Health of It

Introducing Arts for the Health of It

Coming April 15th on World Art Day! "Arts for the Health of It" is a podcast where you will discover creative ways to improve your health and well-being. All around the world, people used the arts to boost joy, connection, and hope in response to COVID-19 and the worldwide lockdown. Why do humans turn to the arts in times of crisis? How do the arts impact our health and well-being? What role do the arts play in the future of society? Host Richard Wilmore and co-host Constanza Roeder draw on their combined 15 years of experience in the field of Arts in Health to introduce you to artists, researchers, creative arts therapists, policymakers, healthcare providers, and people just like you to help answer these and other questions. Find out how you can create more joy with us! Subscribe FOR FREE on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite shows. No talent or experience necessary. "Arts for the Health of It" is presented by Hearts Need Art in Partnership with the National Organization for Arts in Health. To learn more on how to support the podcast or sign up for our newsletter visit https://heartsneedart.org/podcast/
Apr 06, 202103:34