Learn About PeaceLove CREATORS

Delivering expressive arts to communities in need.

The CREATORS Program equips frontline professionals to deliver our expressive arts curriculum to their communities. Facilitators work directly with individuals, families, and groups throughout the country to help them achieve improved mental health and better quality of life through artistic expression. After receiving training, CREATORS deliver ongoing workshops consisting of visual arts, storytelling, sound, and movement with the purpose of providing new resources and skills to achieve mental wellness.

Become a CREATOR

The Workshops

Creative Calisthenics

Getting out of comfort zones through an exciting and unexpected exercise with paint

Dual Emotions

Exploring the relationship between different emotions experienced

Mandala Poetry

Learning to be present in the moment while becoming more conscious of inner thoughts and feelings

Rhythm and Color

Collaborating through a multimodal experience of musical creativity, artistic inspiration, and dynamic energy

Story Shoes

Expressing each person’s unique story and life journey using three-dimensional collage and stories

Transformation Collages

Inspiring transformation of unhealthy behaviors and thought patterns into a positive alternative path

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

Starlight Children’s Foundation is on a mission to improve quality of life for children, families and communities. Since 1982 Starlight has invested in programs that support children’s overall health and development. Starlight made a major investment to seed the growth of CREATORS out west with a focus on Las Vegas, NV and southern CA.

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Our Impact

64

PeaceLove CREATORS Trained

Improving mental health, one community at a time.

13

States with Ongoing Programs

Creating peace of mind across the country.

38,706

Expressive Arts Experiences Delivered

Achieving mental wellness with new resources and skills.

TESTIMONIALS

It’s really awesome how much expressive arts can open the mind of students to different ideas.

Christina Getz, CREATOR (Caron – Wernersville, PA)

Expressive arts are such an amazing way to introduce people to art and new forms of self-care.

Becca Taylor, CREATOR (New Hampshire Hospital – Concord, NH)

I would call my project ‘Untold’ because it’s a part of my life I’ve never told anyone.

Participant (Family & Children’s Aid – Danbury, CT)

It was an absolute joy… it made me relieve a lot of pain.

Participant (HELP of Southern Nevada – Las Vegas, NV)

Meet the Creators

Our CREATORS are passionate, dedicated professionals who positively impact lives every day. They are a diverse group of teachers, social workers, child life specialists, recreational therapists, LMHC’s, etc. working with kids, teens and adults throughout the country. PeaceLove is possible because of these inspiring frontline professionals.

I felt thrilled because it went so well, and the patients seemed to love it.

Allison Guiliano

Eleanor Slater Hospital
Rhode Island

The feedback we received was incredible. We had tears of joy, happy dances, huge smiles and lots of air kisses and hugs.

Amara Riccio

Riccio Pick Me Ups
New Jersey

I was impressed with the reactions from each of the kids... from increased focus, to big smiles, expression of feelings during the workshop.

Amy Niezrecki

Nashua School District
New Hampshire

[After the training, I now have] better tools to handle and deal with certain situations with not only myself, but my participants as well.

Andrea Anzalone

City of LV - Parks & Recreation
Nevada

I'm excited to bring a new form of expression towards a demographic that doesn't always have access.

Andrew Wolff

Boys Town New England
Rhode Island

Mental health isn't just about having a mental health disorder, but also how one improves or works on their mental wellness.

Ashley Quan

Boys and Girls Club Boston
Massachusetts

The CREATORS Program allows me to connect with participants in a different way, giving kids the time to immerse themselves in a creative experience and let them be who they are.

Becca Taylor

New Hampshire Hospital
New Hampshire

Expressive arts is a wonderful way to give children in my hospital a voice and an outlet for their feelings.

Belinda Thayn

Castleview Hospital
Utah

I am excited to [use the CREATORS Program to] bring more ways of communication to my population.

Bethany Diedrich

Newport Hospital
Rhode Island

The curriculum never ceases to amaze me in results described by those who experience them.

Bob Robillard Jr.

Family Services RI
Rhode Island

[As a CREATOR, I am most excited about] helping my patients express themselves.

Carla De Lemos

Kaiser Permanente
California

I'm excited [for the CREATORS Program to provide] support to my patients and their families.

Carmen Leung

Sunrise Children's Hospital
Nevada

My greatest success [as a CREATOR] is being able to inspire the students I work with to try some new ways of working through their problems.

Christina Getz

Caron Treatment Centers
Pennsylvania

I am inspired to bring my passion of using the arts to help patients heal and better cope with hospitalization.

Clarissa Byrd

Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA
California

I was blown away by some really profound insights from some patients who had struggled in other groups.

David Leicht

Butler Hospital
Rhode Island

I'm really proud of the individuals who take the time to come [to the workshops].

Deidre Fraser

ALEX AND ANI
Rhode Island

Being a CREATOR allows me to teach [my patients] to better express themselves and process all they go through.

Hallie Filreis

Rady Children's Hospital
California

This [program] reemphasized the need to allow persons with mental health to express themselves in a safe environment that allowed them to be free to express.

Heather Marquette

Department of Veterans Affairs
South Carolina

I love the idea of bringing expressive arts to our youth and being a part of making sure they know they matter.

Heather Potter

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State
Rhode Island

I have found being a CREATOR to be a huge teaching tool for me! I see the joy in the kids letting them be free to do what they want.

Janice Sanchez

Boys and Girls Club of East Providence
Rhode Island

[With the CREATORS Program], I hope to draw out more creative potential [in my participants] and build their confidence.

Julianne Johnson

Mystic River Residential Care
Connecticut

I am constantly reminded, especially when doing a workshop, just how fortunate I am to work with the population I work with.

Kara Ronayne

Slater Middle School
Rhode Island

The quality of engagement improved greatly. The clients showed real appreciation for what was being offered.

Kevin Baird

Family & Children's Aid
Connecticut

I was really proud that although they were nervous at first, the group was able to open up and share some of their vulnerabilities.

Kim Kelly-Walker

Friends Way
Rhode Island

I felt confident that I was trained appropriately and had the skills to run the workshop.

Kimberly Diorio-Rooney

The Met School
Rhode Island

The kids [at Bradley Hospital] often express how much they enjoy PeaceLove.

Kyri Barilone

Bradley Hospital
Rhode Island

I feel as though I have 6 great new activities that are going to allow me to have those 'break through' moments with each patient.

Lea Thompson

Summerlin Hospital
Nevada

[CREATORS] has helped me to better understand [my participants]… seeing their fears, hearing their struggles, and having them share their dreams.

Lisa Pease

Reach for the Stars Child Development Center
New Hampshire

[As a CREATOR], I hope that [my population] will gain greater emotional resilience, learn new modalities of coping, and begin to express and work through their own individual life traumas.

Lori Janik

Arizona Burn Foundation
Arizona

I really love [giving] the kids a tool to help them independently manage those [difficult] times on their own.

Lynn Michaelson

Family & Children's Aid
Connecticut

[Being a CREATOR] has opened me up to seeing the individuals I work with in a different light.

Marlena Davis

The Groden Center
Rhode Island

[I'm excited to give] kids a way to express their feelings, a place where kids can be creative and connect with each other outside of their classrooms.

Megan Nason

Boston Public Schools
Massachusetts

I am so excited [for the CREATORS Program] to bring a voice to the foster care community in a unique way!

Mindy Solomon

Family & Children's Aid
Connecticut

[This CREATORS Program is] so needed for my population.

Molly Perham

New Hampshire Hospital
New Hampshire

My population is very creative in general and I am pleasantly surprised at their ability to articulate when given the chance to express themselves.

Nancy Lyon

Ocean Tides School
Rhode Island

I am meant to be a part of this work... it is truly an extension of who I am and what my heart believes.

Pam McGrath

Amherst Middle School
New Hampshire

It's fun watching people take chances and get a little messy.

Paula Brinkman

Newtown Youth Academy
Connecticut

This is an outlet for expression that allows the participants to share as much or as little as they are comfortable.

Rachael Burke

Family & Children's Aid
Connecticut

I think that I can use [this program] to get a deeper sense of how my patients are feeling.

Rachel Pedinoff

Rady Children's Hospital
California

I'm so excited to be able to be a part of this... to help get rid of all the stigma around [mental health]!

Rafaela Moraes

Family & Children's Aid
Connecticut

The kids were so happy when they left... all smiles!

Reba Serrano

Whiteriver Unified School District
Arizona

[I am most excited] to see the positive impact [of the CREATORS Program] and to build relationships.

Sandra Nolan

Veazie Street Elementary School
Rhode Island

[I hope the CREATORS Program will help] them understand themselves more without the use of stigma.

Stephanie Lanzi

Eleanor Slater Hospital
Rhode Island

The individuals that I serve all have beautiful voices and strong stories.

Sunnie Ennis

Help Of Southern Nevada
Nevada

I have found that using creative arts helps me to deal more effectively with challenges I encounter in my work.

Tammy Lynn Woodruff

Kaiser Permanente
California

Some participants that I know struggle with self-expression were able to express themselves with ease.

Taylor Hooker

The Carolina Center for Behavioral Health
South Carolina

It's amazing to watch people engaged in [expressive arts] processes... it just takes them to amazing places they don't expect.

Theresa Foster

NAMI, Gainesville, FL
Florida

[I'm excited to use the CREATORS Program] to help people cope with their illness or feelings through art as a modality.

Traci Aoki-Tan

Kaiser Permanente
California

I have found the CREATORS program to be very beneficial for the inmates at I work with. It opens up conversation and allows them to 'escape' from prison for a little while.

Valerie Carter

Federal Medical Center
Massachusetts

I am excited to show [my participants] another way to heal.

Vanessa Cubellis

Family Services RI
Rhode Island

 

 

PeaceLove is not a licensed therapy provider. In the CREATORS training, participants learn how to utilize the arts as a way to inspire, motivate, build self-confidence, and improve lives through creative expression and a message of hope. While our programs are based on the belief that creating art is healing and life enhancing, we do not include psychotherapeutic theories or techniques in our process. We recognize that creative expression can be helpful in communicating issues, emotions, and conflicts; however, we do not evaluate, interpret, or diagnose individuals based on their work. Should serious emotional issues arise for any individual, we advise that the person seek additional support from appropriate doctors and therapists.

Becoming a PeaceLove CREATOR does not make a person a licensed therapist nor is the curriculum a substitute for therapy.