A podcast for anyone who wants to learn more about how creativity can be a catalyst for positive change. It features interviews with artists and organizations who are using art to heal themselves, their community, and the planet. This podcast is a project of the Arts and Healing Network, an online resource at www.artheals.org. It is hosted by Britt Bravo.
The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie Siegel
Dr. Bernie Siegel is the author of The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing. Bernie retired from general and pediatric surgical practice in 1989, and has since dedicated himself to humanizing the medical establishment's approach to patients, and to empowering patients to induce their own healing.
After studying the use of crayon drawings by patients faceing life-threatening diseases, Bernie founded Exceptional Cancer Patients to facilitate self-induced healings. Bernie realized that we can aid our bodies' innate propensity to heal through what are currently seen as uncoventional practices, including drawing, visualization, dreams, love, and laughter.
You can learn more about Bernie's work and his books at berniesiegelmd.com and follow him on Twitter at @BernieSiegelMD.
Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Pat Schneider
Pat Schneider is the author of How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice. She is the author of ten books including five volumes of poems, Writing Alone & With Others, and Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography. Her libretti have been performed and recorded at Tangelwood and in Carnegie Hall by Robert Shaw & the Atlanta Symphony. Her work has been featured on NPR, National Public Television, and fourteen times on Garrison Keilor's "Writers Almanac." Pat is the founder and director emerita of Amherst Writers and Artists and AWA Press. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Pacific School of Religion in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. You can learn more about Pat and her work at www.patschneider.com.
Crafting Calm: Interview with Maggie Oman Shannon
Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and lifelong crafter whose passion is exploring the relationship between creativity and spirituality. Her newest book is Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation.
A former magazine editor and creativity coach, she is the the author of five previous books, including Prayers for Healing. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and young daughter (who also loves to craft), and currently serves at the Spiritual Director of Unity Spritual Center of San Francisco.
You can connect with Maggie on her website www.maggieomanshannon.com, Facebook and Pinterest.
Art Break Day Co-Founder and Transformative Artist, Lisa Rasmussen
Lisa Rasmussen is a transformative artist, educator, curator, and art advocate who truly believes and embodies the notion that art can change and heal the world. Lisa is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Art is Moving, and the 3rd Annual Art Break Day. Art Break Day is a communty art-reach event that offers thousands of people the means and space to connect with their community via the art-making process. She is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Art 4 All People and AY Atelier Art, an international sanctuary for arts and consciousness in Malibu, and in virtual reality.
In March 2013, Lisa was awarded Alumni of the Year from JFK University for her deep service to the Arts and Consciousness profession, and community. Additionally, Lisa pioneered an award-winning expressive art program for emotionally traumatized and abused youth, and developed a professional art gallery for the residents of Lincoln Child Center, a mental health faciity in Oakland, CA. She has also taught intuitive and expressive art to elders, at-risk teens, and has been an art coach for adults. In 2008, she was awarded Graduate Student of the Year from JFK University's Holistic Studies Program for her transformative work with the children at Lincoln Child Center, and for her MFA graduate solo exhibition.
Lisa is a professional artist, and her paintings are her spiritual practice. Her current work is being exhibited in various galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco. You can connect with Lisa at www.artismovingnow.com, www.art4allpeople.com, and www.ayatelierart.com.
Moccasins and Microphones: Timothy McLaughlin, Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program
Timothy McLaughlin is a poet, teacher and the founder of the Spoken Word Program at the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS). This program empowers students to create original poetry – which incorporates Native languages and philosophies – and then perform that poetry for diverse audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. He and his students have received numerous awards and have been featured on many radio and television programs. You can learn more about the SFIS Spoken Word Program at www.sfisspokenword.org.
Originally from Washington DC, Timothy has been teaching in Native communities since 1997. He was named the University of Virginia Madison House Alumni of the Year in 2007 for his dedication to service work. Timothy has also produced the poetry CD, Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling Through Performance Poetry, and is the editor of the book Walking on the Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School (Abrams Books 2012). His writing has appeared in several publications, including The Declaration and Radical Grace.
Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project: Interview with Elana Haviv
Elana Haviv is the Founder and Executive Director of the Children's Movement for Creative Education (CMCE). Elana is an education and human rights specialist. Through her flagship organization, CMCE, she has created academic and artistic programs to guide childrena and youth to understand and overcome the effects of violent world events on themselves and their communities, and to become global citizens. She designed The Telling History Project: Understanding the Past to Create the Future, a curriculum to teach students about human rights. After 9/11, Elana spearheaded the development and implementation of the art-based CMCE 9/11 Trauma Relief Project in New York City schools. She also continued to create art-based healing programs in post-war Bosnia. More recently, in response to Hurricane Sandy, Elana founded the Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project which was recently featured in The Huffington Post article, Art Heals Heartache for Sandy Kids. You can learn more about CMCE on their website, childrensmovement.org.
Great information for aspiring artists
Really enjoy listening to these podcasts!
I subscribe to over 100 podcasts on a variety of topics, and this is by FAR my absolute FAVORITE. Here are some of the reasons why it is #1:
- The interview skips small talk and commercials -- every minute is deep and meaty.
- The interviewer refrains from telling personal stories. She is an effective interviewer, and she asks appropriate, on-topic, probing questions which get the interviewees to open up and talk.
- It isn't very long -- I can listen to a whole episode in a short run around town.
- It is incredibly INSPIRING -- oh my! I have checked out from the library or purchase MANY of the books talked about on the podcast.
- It is UPLIFTING -- these are artists who are making the world a better place, and hearing them tell their stories is inspiring, uplifting, and worthwhile
THANK YOU, Arts & Healing Network!