Paint Your Way to Inner Peace workshop

There were 10 in our group  with 7 new people that had never taken a class before. We also had 3 of our Camp Pendleton Marine Spouses. I was really touched by how open and authentic everyone was in  expressing their feelings with abstract painting on canvas!


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Healing Art Boxes

We are thrilled to be giving away 1000 healing art boxes (with 10 fun art supplies)this Fall Season to underprivileged children in our community. Here is a list of a few of the nonprofits we are working with to distribute these boxes:

– Big Brothers/Big Sisters Orange County
– Camino Health Clinic
– CASA Orange County
– CHOC Hospital Orange
– Orangewood Children’s Foundation/FaCT Family Resource Centers
– Olive Crest
– San Onofre School on Camp Pendleton

We are still in need of donations of new art supplies such as packages of markers, colored pencils, sketch pads etc.

Thank you for your continued support!

Children from our FaCT program share their artwork following a workshop.

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Art4Healing® Certificate program with Brandman University-Chapman University System

Art4Healing® 7-Day Summer Intensive Certification 2010

Art & Creativity for Healing Inc. offers an Art4Healing® certificate program in partnership with Brandman University-Chapman University System

We graduated 12 new Art4Healing® Facilitators last week after a 7-day Intensive program that included trainees from Georgia, Arizona, San Diego, and Riverside,California.

What a pleasure it was for me to meet and work with these extraordinary accomplished women.

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Art4Healing Executive Leadership Workshop

This past weekend, Art & Creativity for Healing facilitated an Art4Healing Executive Workshop for members of the Junior League of Orange County, Calif. (JLOCC). Everyone had a terrific time! If you are interested in having your organization experience one of our Executive Leadership Workshops, please check out our Website at, or call us today at (949) 367-1902.

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“Palette of Colors: Hollywood Confidential” Nets $55,000

2010 marks the 10th anniversary of Art & Creativity for Healing. In celebration of this milestone, 180 guests gathered at the Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach the evening of Saturday, May 1 for “Palette of Colors: Hollywood Confidential.”

The evening started with a silent auction, as guests, many dressed in 1960s Hollywood attire, mingled and perused the items, enjoying hors d’ oeuvres and a selection of martinis sponsored by Three Olives® Vodka. The evening also included a gourmet dinner with complimentary wines sponsored by ONEHOPE Wine, live auction and custom-crafted character event reminiscent of 1960s Hollywood that included a play with audience participation from attendees Donna Walp and Sheena Smith, and an interactive query game about Art & Creativity for Healing with prizes for the winners. The character event was produced and performed by characters from Killer Entertainment, voted one of the “Top Five Dinner Theaters in the Los Angeles Area” for MyFoxLA’s 2009 “Hotlist.” One member from Killer Entertainment also participated as an auctioneer, along with Founder/Director Laurie Zagon, for the live auction portion of the evening.

Laurie Zagon with Bill Billingsley, principal, San Onofre Elementary, and his wife Donna

This year, Art & Creativity for Healing hosted 24 military personnel from Camp Pendleton, where Art & Creativity for Healing provides its “Healing for Heroes and their Families” program. Ten of

Julie Godbury and Stephanie Greathouse with a character from "Hollywood Confidential"

the military guests were seated at a table donated by The Irvine Health oundation, one of the event’s premiere level, or “Ruby Red” sponsors for $5,000. During “Palette of Colors: HollywoodConfidential” program, Bill Billingsley, principal for San Onofre Elementary School and SSgt. Berton Chambers, USMC spoke about the positive impact

Colonel Andrew Wilcox; Sgt. Mitzlaff; SSgt. Chambers; SSgt. Guess; Lance Corpral Duran; and SSgt. Write with Laurie Zagon

that the “Healing for Heroes and their Families” has had on the 800 children who participate in the program at San Onofre Elementary School, as well as military personnel who often are unable to put their feelings regarding war-time experiences into words, yet successfully are able to use the Art4Healing® methods as an outlet for those feelings. Chambers’ wife Ashley is also a recent graduate of the Art4Healing Certificate Program offered through Brandman University-Chapman University System.

Local businesses and friends of Art & Creativity for Healing donated 110 auction items for “Palette of Colors: Hollywood Confidential,” including fine art, jewelry, travel, beauty and spa items, and more. Live auction items included a one-week stay in a two-bedroom, two-bath ocean view condo on the island of Maui, donated by Art & Creativity for Healing HeARTs for Healing Guild member Sharleen Baker, which sold for $2,500 to supporters Rebecca Haughland and

Patti Messerschmitt and Sue Stinson, auction co-chairs with Laurie Zagon

Kendra Poteet; a ride on the Goodyear Blimp, donated by Just Tires, Laguna Hills, was auctioned off for $4,000 to supporter Jim Stinson; and, a cruise on a Duffy Boat in Newport Harbor donated by Sue Stinson and Patti Messerschmitt, with lunch sponsored by the Corner Bakery, which was purchased by long-time supporter Markus Bohi for $1,500.

Sandy and Marcus Bohi

Event sponsors included Irvine Health Foundation and Sandra and Markus Bohi (Ruby Red); and Michelle Whiting & Associates (Cool Blue). Sponsors at the “Lucky Green” level include Brain Therapeutics Medical Clinic; Kirsten and Ted Aston; Alexis Denny; Jackie Fairney; Amber and Don Houchen; Erica and Nick Jones; Michelle and John Kay; Andi and Richard Mandel; Colleen McCallion; Patti and John Messerschmitt; Mission Viejo Emergency Medical – Mission Hospital; and, Sue and Jim Stinson.

Art & Creativity for Healing covers all administrative costs through revenue from its teacher training programs, 100 percent of the funds raised at the 2010 “Palette of Colors: Hollywood Confidential” will be used to support free Art & Creativity for Healing workshops for children including the “Art for Healing for Heroes and their Families” at Camp Pendleton; Families and Community Together Orange County, a partnership between Orange County Social Services Agency and Orangewood Children’s Foundation; and, Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC).

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A Testimonial from the Naval Hospital San Diego

Last week, we received a wonderful testimonial letter from Dr. Nancy Kim, a psychologist at Naval Hospital San Diego.

Since February 2010, we have been providing weekly workshops for wounded warriors with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and I thought I would share this letter from Dr. Kim, in order to demonstrate what a positive impact this program has had on the traumatized soldiers.

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Art & Creativity for Healing Experiences Success at Camp Pendleton

Since November 2008, Art & Creativity for Healing has worked with the families of deployed infantry men and women through the “Healing for Heroes and their Families” programs on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS).

The “Healing for Heroes and their Families” initially began at San Onofre Elementary School, located on the northern tip of Camp Pendleton. The program now serves military families at both the San Onofre and Santa Marguerita Elementary schools; spouses of deployed military personnel at on-base community centers; and veterans with Brain Injury Trauma (BIT) at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

The purpose of the “Healing for Heroes and their Families” program is to assist military personnel and their families in processing their personal journey using collage, journaling and painting. Each year, Art & Creativity for Healing serves nearly 1,200 military personnel and their families through this program.

After a recent workshop at the Naval Medical Center, Jim Gonzales, Soldier Family Assistance Center Specialist commented “Recently, Art4Healing provided a demonstration and therapeutic art exercise for select staff members here at Navy Medical Center San Diego. I found the experience very enjoyable, and the activity provided a fun method for folks to express themselves and a non-threatening way to explore thoughts and feelings.  The instructors were gently motivating and very kind.  I strongly feel that this kind of activity is of great value to our patients and staff.”

“Our workshops help military personnel and their families use color, paint and abstract expression to not only depict the tough times they are currently experiencing, and also remember the good times they have already shared with the parent or spouse who is currently serving overseas,” said Laurie Zagon, Founder/Director, Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. “As this remarkable program has grown, we are now working not only with the children and families of our nation’s heroes, but we also offer special programming designed to meet the needs of military families that have one or more family members dealing with special educational needs, and special needs of enlisted men and women who are working through war-related experiences.”

To date, the “Healing for Heroes and their Families” program has received funding from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California through a $50,000 Crystal Vision Award; Leo Buscaglia Foundation; The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation; The Orange County Community Foundation’s Veteran’s Fund; and, Vons Foundation.

“We are grateful that these organizations recognize the value of the ‘Healing for Heroes and their Families’ program. Due to the tremendous demand for our workshops at the base, and the success we have achieved thus far, we are in the process of seeking out donations from foundations, corporations and the local community, so that we may continue the program indefinitely,” continued Zagon.

The “Healing for Heroes and their Families” program will be featured in a presentation at the Military Child Education Coalition’s 12th Annual Conference, to be held July 21-23, 2010 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

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