Seeking Peace of Mind
Jeff Sparr began painting at the suggestion of a friend after completing ERP. Despite having no formal training, Jeff found painting relieved the symptoms of his OCD and granted him a sense of control. Jeff wanted to share his story, and the benefits of creativity, with as many people as possible. He wanted everyone to know how good creativity could be for your mental health.
The cousins purchased art supplies and led an arts workshop at a children’s intensive treatment unit. Jeff shared his experiences with mental illness and challenged the kids to paint ‘what gave them peace of mind.’ They not only had fun, but were finally able to communicate through their art what they couldn’t in words. After seeing how much it benefited the group, Matt and Jeff knew they needed to create something bigger. This idea launched the PeaceLove Foundation.
The CREATORS Program
In 2015, PeaceLove launched their CREATORS Program, training frontline professionals to use PeaceLove’s expressive arts curriculum with their populations. Since then, PeaceLove has placed CREATORS in over 27 states, as well as Canada, and impacted more than 80,000 lives.