Why Art Works

Why Art Works

People Powered

For over twenty years, Art with Heart has been spreading the healing power of creative expression to kids experiencing trauma or adversity. Our therapeutic activity books for youth, and resources for the adults who serve them transform pain into possibility for young people around the world. Now in our third decade, we’ll reach 3.5 million more kids through our innovative online learning community and through collaboration with many personal, unique partnerships.

Staff

Heidi Durham
CEO
Lacie Braun
Research & Training
Kelsey Lacanilao
Administrative and Projects Coordinator
Chelsey Thornton
Design & Communications Specialist
Sera Rogers
Creative Learning Specialist

Board

Art with Heart has a board of talented community members with diverse skills and backgrounds. Their leadership guides our work.
Gini Beck
Board Secretary
Jeff Nelson
Board President
Kate Bedient
Member at Large
Kato Wade
Board Vice President
Mark Birzell
Board Treasurer
Rahmin Eslami
Member at Large
Sarina Behar Natkin
Member at Large
Jackie Smith
Member at Large
Thank you for letting me express myself in the book you made. This book made me learn things about myself that I never knew. I love this book a lot. You helped me express my feelings and emotions.

Professional Advisors

Our advisory team is composed of mental and physical health providers, education professionals, bereavement specialists, developers of social emotional learning programs, and so many more. Their feedback is integral to the creation and development of our resources.
Danie Eagleton, LMHC
Dena Frandsen, LMHC, CMHS
Jill Meyers, MA, CCLS
Karen Summers
Megan Lucas, LSWAIC
Rosalie Frankel, ATR-BC
Sherry Burke
Steffanie Lorig
Tonje Molyneux, M.Ed
Zandi Salstrom, MA, LMHC, ATR

Training Consultants

Annie McCall, MA, LMHC
Helena Hillinga-Haas, MA, ATR, CL
Jen McCormick, LICSW
Louine Verneuil, LICSW

Curated Partner Resources

The Moyer Foundation
The Moyer Foundation’s camps and online resource center are invaluable for families looking to build community with others facing loss, or experiencing family addiction.
CASEL
CASEL’s concepts of SEL are the benchmarks for national organizations.
National Alliance for Grieving Children
The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of professionals and volunteers who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the grieving children and families they serve in their own communities.
American Psychological Association
APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma to raise the standard of care while increasing access to services.
National Institute of Mental Health
NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Committee for Children's Second Step Program
This nationally recognized SEL program is in use at schools across the country.

Thank You

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Best Wishes,
Art with Heart