In Spring 2007, we launched the Arts & Healing Podcast as a way to build community online by sharing the actual voices of artists and organizations, who are doing inspiring work using art to heal themselves, their community, and/or the planet.
For those of you unfamiliar with podcasts, they are radio shows that you can listen to either on your computer or an MP3 player such as an iPod. To subscribe to the Arts & Healing Podcast via iTunes, please click here. Otherwise, please use the "click here to listen online" links below.
The Arts & Healing Podcast is published several times a year and is produced by Britt Bravo. If you would like to be notified when new podcasts are launched, please sign up for our e-newsletter. If you have suggestions for people to interview, please send those to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you enjoy our podcast, please give us a rating on iTunes. We invite you to share your comments using the links below.
Liz Lamoreux believes in the importance of unearthing our stories so that we can see where we stand on our paths and where we want to go. She is currently sharing this inward journey through her new book, Inner Excavations: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media, the Be Present Retreats, and the stories she shares in her Etsy store, The Little Room. She lives in a little house in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, daughter Ellie Jane, and a golden retriever named Millie. In this interview by Britt Bravo, she speaks about the healing possibilities in art making, writing, group process, and the importance of being present.
Jamie Ridler is a professional creative self-development coach who is passionate about authentic living and creativity. She is a certified coach who has a certificate in the Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy from ISIS in Toronto. She also completed training in Body-Centered Coaching with Marlena Field, has a Blue Belt in Nia, and has an M.A. in Drama from the Drama Centre of the University of Toronto. You can found out more about Jamie at jamieridlerstudios.ca, and be sure to check out her fabulous podcast, Creative Living with Jamie. You can follow her on Twitter at @starshyne.
Since 2001, greenmuseum.org has been helping people create, present and appreciate art that heals our relationship with the natural world. This online museum offers a wealth of information about artists who are doing exciting and innovative work that directly speaks to the environmental issues of our time. In this podcast, Arts & Healing Network Director Mary Daniel Hobson interviews Sam & Anne, core team members of greenmuseum.org about the environmental art movement, giftivism, generosity and advice for artists wanting to engage the natural world. Recently, greenmuseum.org has begun pioneering a new approach to sustainability as an organization by adopting a gift economy model, and so their entire organization is now run by volunteers.
Leah Piken Kolidas is a mixed-media artist and creativity guide living near Boston, MA with her husband and their four fuzzy cats. She loves sipping hot chocolate, wearing silly socks, and everything turquoise. Leah blogs about creativity and art at CreativeEveryDay.com, where she also leads Art Every Day Month (every November) and the year-long Creative Every Day Challenge. You can view more of her art at BlueTreeArtGallery.com and follow her on Twitter at leah_art.
For over ten years, artists Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting trash together on Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California, and turning it into playful and powerful works of art that raise awareness about ocean pollution. In June 2010, the Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, interviewed them at their home and studio in Forest Knolls, CA about art, passion, collaboration, collecting, the importance of place, and the tragedy of plastic polluting our oceans. Judith and Richard were also one of the 2009 recipients of the AHN Award. You can learn more about their work at BeachPlastic.com and read anecdotes about their plastic collecting and artmaking on their blog, Plastic Forever.
Amy Taub is the Executive Director of Creativity Explored, a nonprofit arts center in San Francisco, CA where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art. The studio artists work at one of the two San Francisco studios, which are staffed by over 20 professional artists who act as teachers and guides. Artworks created by the studio artists are sold through the Creativity Explored Gallery, and also in their online store. The studio artists receive 50% of all proceeds. The rest is used to support Creativity Explored. To learn more about Creativity Explored, visit CreativityExplored.org.
Sandra Hobson is a counselor and consultant to individuals and organizations who are interested in using art and indigenous wisdom for personal, community and environmental healing. She has been an advisor to the Arts and Healing Network since its beginning in the mid-90's. A world-traveler, Sandra has studied with shamans and native healers from diverse cultures including Peru, Nepal, Ecuador, Mongolia, and more. She carries that wisdom into her counseling practice and into her recently published book, Rituals for Life's Milestones, which includes 15 rituals that anyone could use to create deeper connection and meaning in one's life. You can learn more about her book at charleshobson.com/books/rituals.html.
Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of 32 books, fiction and nonfiction, including her bestselling works on the creative process: The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, Finding Water, and The Writing Diet. A novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television. Her newest book is The Artist's Way Every: A Year of Creative Living. You can find out more about Julia's work, book, and upcoming workshops at www.theartistsway.com.
As the founder of ArtBizCoach.com and the popular Art Biz Blog, Alyson B. Stanfield helps teach thousands of artists around the world how to promote their art more effectively and make a better living. Included in this podcast are the "Four Steps for Selling Your Art," which has been a classic way for artists to make a living. One of the steps is good communication, and Alyson offers great guidelines and tips for sending e-newsletters and using online tools like Facebook to connect with your audience. May this information inspire you to share your work more fully with the world.
Chris Zydel is a self-described "professional believer-in-the-gifts-of-others." She is a creativity coach who teaches expressive arts painting classes out of a wonderful Victorian home in Oakland, CA. As Chris says, "Regularly diving into your creative pool renews your soul, heals your spirit, keeps your inner spark alive and allows you greater intimacy with the full depths of your being. And it's fun!" Chris has helped countless people over many years discover and deepen their connection to the creative process. The Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, interviewed Chris about her creative journey, the important teachers on her path, the benefits of taking time to retreat, transformational stories from participants in her workshops, and advice for diving more deeply into one's creative work. You can learn more about Chris Zydel on her web site at www.creativejuicesarts.com.