Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc.

Giving Pain a Voice

aka Art4Healing   |   Laguna Hills, CA   |  www.art4healing.org

Mission

The mission of Art & Creativity for Healing is to support emotional healing through art and creative expression for those living in pain, grief, fear or stress.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director/Founder

Ms. Laurie Zagon

Main address

23011 Moulton Parkway STE I-5

Laguna Hills, CA 92653 USA

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EIN

33-0936136

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Family Services (P40)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We give pain a voice and meaning by providing expressive abstract painting workshops to support emotional healing for children, families, individuals, and military personnel using our unique Art4Healing® method. These workshops and community programs offer expression, encouragement, clarity, and insight, and are held at our facility in Laguna Hills, CA, and on-site at hospitals, treatment centers, schools, military facilities, shelters, and other non-profit centers. Art & Creativity for Healing facilitates the creative process while encouraging emotional healing—and these two paths often intersect when words are not adequate, and pain is too deep. The mix of artistic development and expression coupled with a creative healing model allow participants to learn a new way of communicating through color that encourages emotional breakthroughs and further enhances the therapy process.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Art4Healing Community Workshops

Art & Creativity For Healing facilitates programs for the following agencies: American Family Housing Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orange County Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange County Camp Pendleton Marine Base Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) Santa Ana Families and Communities Together (FaCT) Anaheim-Fullerton FRC, Anaheim The Friendly Center Illumination Foundation La Habra FRC Minnie St. FRC, Santa Ana Oak View FRC, Huntington Beach Project Hope Alliance, Costa Mesa Stanton FRC, Stanton Tustin FRC, Tustin Westminster FRC Girls Inc., Los Angeles Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach Human Options, Irvine OCDE Alternative, Community, and Correctional Education Schools and Services (ACCESS) Skyview School for the Homeless, Orange Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, Costa Mesa Costa Mesa FRC Mission Viejo ACCESS Harbor Learning Center Fountain Valley Education Center 17th & Ross School, Santa Ana Western Youth Services, Orange County KidWorks OC, Santa Ana

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Budget
$275,000

In 2008, ACFH began to facilitate a series of targeted on-site Art for Healing workshops designed to address the unique needs of military personnel and their families associated with deployment through the use of collage, journaling, and painting. only organization on Camp Pendleton to offer such a program. We are aware of individual artists who have come to the base to offer “arts & crafts” programs, however, there are no other formal programs similar to those offered by Art & Creativity for Healing.
 
We initially launched this program at San Onofre Elementary School, located at the northern tip of Camp Pendleton. In 2010, Art & Creativity for Healing expanded the “Healing for Heroes and their Families” program to include special workshops for veterans, and Wounded Warriors. Art & Creativity for Healing created a unique curriculum designed to meet the needs of veterans, and Wounded Warriors, relative to the stress of deployment, resettlement or injuries, as they process their personal journey from deployment in a war zone, to the peace of the home front. Through this program, Art & Creativity for Healing teaches veterans a new and creative way to express themselves to that they will be able to continue to process their journey on their own, following the workshop. These programs are offered at the Wounded Warrior Battalion West, at on-base community centers, and other locations on Camp Pendleton.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans
Budget
$85,500

In 2006, Art & Creativity for Healing began a collaborative program with the Families and Communities Together (FaCT) program. FaCT is a program of the County of Orange Social Services Agency designed to assist the most economically challenged, at-risk families with a host of supportive services. Art & Creativity for Healing was asked to establish workshops for children, adolescents and families. 
Over the past four years this program has expanded to serve 14 Family Resource Centers (FRC) with focus of those Centers located in Central County communities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Westminster.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Families
Budget
$50,000

Our “Creative Tools for Homeless Children & their Families” Program offers Art4Healing workshops to homeless children & their families in crisis. We partner with 9 non-profit agencies: Project Hope Alliance, Illumination Foundation, Skyview School for the Homeless, LA CADA (Allen House), Regina House, OC Rescue Mission, and more. Participants create a series of abstract works of art that help surface their personal journey with homelessness. Through the process, they learn new and creative ways to intuitively express their feelings and emotions on canvas. This Program is specifically designed to help with the stress of growing up and coping without a permanent place to call home. We also give 300 Healing Art Boxes to children in our program. Each box is valued at $20 and contains 10 new art supplies, including paint, paper, colored pencils, oil pastels, and other items. With these Healing Art Boxes, children will be able to continue to process their journey.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Non-adult children
Budget
$100,400

The "Raging Colors: Expressive Art for Teens" program introduces students to expressive art & allows youth to create a series of abstract works of art that will give them a safe, creative place to reflect & share their experiences, frustrations, & struggles, including exposure to drugs & alcohol, peer pressure, teen pregnancy, bullying, depression, & low self-esteem. For many of these teens, their everyday lives are often stressful & they experience many difficulties, such as legal issues, foster emancipation, &/or homelessness. Art4Healing® teaches teens that art can be a constructive part of their everyday lives & a positive way to communicate tough issues that have negatively affected them or derailed their emotional growth. We work with the following non-profit partner agencies and/or schools: OCDE ACCESS, Girls, Inc. Los Angeles, KidWorks OC, Project Access, Western Youth Services, Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, and Boys & Girls Club of Stanton.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$124,800

The Out of the Darkness: Women Survivors program offers Art4Healing® workshops for women survivors of: Domestic Violence Human Trafficking Assault Emotional, Mental or Physical Abuse Trauma The workshops introduce participants to expressive art, guiding them through the process of creating a series of abstract paintings. The Art4Healing process brings their personal journey with trauma to the surface while giving their pain a voice in a safe & nurturing environment. A Human Options Program Supervisor states: “This therapeutic art process helps the women at our shelter tap into emotions and feelings they have no words for. They share that the experience of healing through art made the process of their difficult situation easier to process and cope with.”

Population(s) Served
Females
Victims and oppressed people
Budget
$56,000

This program offers Art4Healing® workshops to low-income & underrepresented seniors (age 60+). These seniors live with the specific needs & challenges of aging, including loneliness, grief, stress, fear, economic hardship or illness. Our Program partner agencies offer group activities & senior wellness programs to low-income, economically disadvantaged seniors in Orange County. We offer workshops to supplement their existing offerings. Since its inception, this Program continually receives overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants. One weekly participant states, “This class really helps me cope with the changes of aging. From the decreasing independence to the loss of my dog, this helps me start the week on a positive note.” Another expresses, “The topics pull out different emotions, show progress, & help me heal. I’m thankful for this program because it helps me express, heal, & move on to a new normal.” Remember, you can express your feelings with color at any age!

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$40,000

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Awards

Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Art4Healing® method facilitates the creative process while encouraging emotional healing, self-expression, and self-exploration. Our trained and certified Art4Healing® facilitators guide each 2-¬hour Art4Healing® workshop with curriculum specifically designed to support emotional healing through creative expression to teach participants new and creative ways to say things with paint that they do not have words for. Following each workshop, participants are given art materials to take home with them in order to empower and encourage each participant's journey at home using the Art4Healing® techniques that they learned in the workshop. We have highlighted our goals for each program below:<br/><br/>“Art4Healing® Raging Colors: Expressive Painting for Teens" Program: to teach teens that art can be a constructive part of their everyday lives and a positive way to communicate tough issues that have negatively affected them or derailed their emotional growth. <br/><br/>“Art4Healing®: Out of the Darkness: Women Survivors" Program: To introduce participants to art and allow them to create a series of abstract works of art that will bring to the surface their personal journey with abuse, abandonment & emotional trauma.<br/><br/>“Visiting Art Angel Bedside" Program at Children's Hospital in Orange County (CHOC): To provide pediatric patients in long-term care and their siblings in the Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant units one-on-one bedside visits using drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques to help children experiencing cancer express their feelings through art. <br/><br/>"Healing for Heroes and their Families" Program: To provide active duty service members, their families, and veterans with tools & resources for professional development, deployment, family separation, stress, resettlement, and/or injuries, and transition to civilian life.<br/><br/>“Creative Tools for the Homeless Children & Their Families" Program: To offer participants the opportunity to create a series of abstract works of art that will bring to the surface their personal journey with homelessness and will teach participants a new and creative way to express the feelings and emotions that are unique to growing up without a permanent place to call home.<br/><br/>“Vintage Colors: Art4Healing® Over 60" Program: To offer participants the opportunity to create a series of abstract works of art that will bring their personal journey with aging to the surface.

Our goals include continuing to serve the community through our existing programs as well as expanding and launching new curriculum for various programs to serve diverse populations of suffering individuals. A few of our selected goals for the next 3 years include the following: Expand “Art4Healing® Raging Colors: Expressive Painting for Teens" Program for suffering teens that are experiencing bullying, exposure to drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, teen pregnancy, depression, and low self-esteem. In addition, we are launching a new Anti-Bullying 4-week series specifically designed for our "Raging Colors: Expressive Painting for Teens" program. This new curriculum allows the students to expand upon his or her experiences with bullying, kindness, and empathy. Expand our “Healing for Heroes and their Families" Program by offering more workshops to our returning veterans and their families to facilitate more workshops in North Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Expand our “Art4Healing®: Out of the Darkness: Women Survivors" Program by offering more workshops to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in partnership with Human Option, CSP Inc.—Waymakers, and others agencies. Expand “Vintage Colors: Art4Healing Over 60" Program for the underserved, low-income senior population of Orange County living with the challenges of aging, including loneliness, grief, stress, fear, economic hardship or illness. We are expanding to North Orange County. Expand our “Visiting Art Angel Bedside" Program by offering three-times weekly one-on-one bedside art sessions for children in long-term care at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and now also, Southern California Hospice Foundation for patients & family members. Expand our “Creative Tools for Homeless Children & Their Families" Program by weekly workshops for homeless children and their families in partnership with Project Hope Alliance, American Family Housing Shelter for the Homeless, The Illumination Foundation, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, and the OC Rescue Mission.

The Art4Healing® method is a creative process that encourages emotional healing. Individuals do not need a background in art or come from an artistic background to participate—we continually encourage those who have never painted to experience a workshop. Due to the accessibility of the Art4Healing® Method, we are not limited to one specific demographic or location and this allows our non-profit to serve more people in our community. Through building community partnerships with hospitals, non-profit organizations, city programming agencies, and other partner agencies, we are able to collaborate with various sites and serve various demographics with our Art4Healing® Method. For example, we serve homeless children and their families, at-risk youth, active military members, and more populations. Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc.'s programs are funded through foundation grants, corporate grants and sponsorships, individual donations and fundraising, and our social enterprise of training and certifying Art4Healing® Facilitators in the Art4Healing® Method. Our social enterprise of certifying members of the larger community, and internationally (through our new Art4Healing International Certificate program), we are able to ensure future funding for our programs. With these funds, Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. is able to train and contract 18 Art4Healing® Facilitators to lead 40-50 Art4Healing® workshops in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties monthly. Through these workshops, we serve over 4,000 children and adults annually. We also have over 100 volunteers that assist during our Annual Palette of Colors Dinner & Auction Gala, as office helpers, assist our Facilitators during various partner agency workshops, and other events. Our HeARTs for Healing Women's Guild are members of the community who volunteer their time to be advocates for Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. These women specifically help with fundraising events, such as our Palette of Colors Gala, and our Annual Healing Art Box Giveaway where we give out over 1,200 shoeboxes filled with 10 new art supplies to homeless children and children of the deployed in San Onofre School on Marine Base Camp Pendleton.

At the end of each workshop, participants complete written surveys regarding the extent to which creating art helped them to identify, process, and express their feelings in a constructive way. These workshop questionnaires are entered into an online survey system and when sufficient data is compiled, we contract a third-party research firm to quantify the program results into outcome reports. <br/><br/>Based on data collected from 2,476 Art4Healing® workshop participants, we completed Outcome Reports for 6 of our core programs that serve homeless and economically disadvantaged families, seniors, teens, victims of domestic violence, active duty marines, veterans, and their families, and autistic children. Needless to say, we are thrilled with the results and excited to share the Reports KEY FINDINGS (% represent outcome averages from 6 reports). We have not collected sufficient data for the "Raging Colors: Expressive Art for Teens" program, however the outcomes from our other programs give some indication on their success and impact. <br/><br/>87% Participants that would like to take another Art4Healing® workshop.<br/>85%Participants that strongly agreed that they would refer a friend or family member to an Art4Healing® workshop.<br/>87% Participants that strongly agreed that they felt better after a workshop.<br/>83% Participants that strongly agreed that the workshop helped them express their emotions and feelings.

Since 2000, Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. has offered Art4Healing® therapeutic workshops free of charge to over 35 hospitals, military facilities, community organizations, and partner non-profits where children and their families can give pain a voice and meaning through expressive abstract painting workshops. To date, we have facilitated Art4Healing® workshops to more than 70,000 children and adults suffering from pain, grief, fear or stress. For the past 8 years, Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. has impacted 1000 children annually through our “Healing Art Box Giveaway" to underprivileged children in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties, in addition to the children of the deployed on Marine Base Camp Pendleton. (Each “Healing Art Boxes" contains 10 new art supplies valued at $20 per box) To date, we have given away over 9,000 Healing Art Boxes to children in need. In 2018, we launched a new Art4Healing® International Certificate Program and offered our Art4Healing® training on a worldwide and web-based platform. From New Zealand to Cyprus and back to the United States, we are able to reach new and different demographics of individuals through this new program. In 2020 we added Art4Healing LIVE workshops and classes to expand our reach with our unique methodology.

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Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Michelle Moreno

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Term: 2018 -


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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

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